Graigue's spirit of enterprise impresses judges
Judges for Bank of Ireland's national competition to find the country's most enterprising town visited Graiguenamanagh where they were given a royal welcome and a tour of the town.
The search is under way, with nearly 100 entries from both city and county council areas vying to be crowned Bank of Ireland's National Enterprise Town Winner 2018. The awards recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community have come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
In Kilkenny, Graiguenamanagh, Piltown, Castlecomer and Kilkenny city are competing in various regional and national categories. With a total prize fund of €157,000, the overall winner will receive a cash prize of €33,000. This year's awards also feature a new 'rising star' category with €20,000 cash being awarded to an urban area that has a specific project which fosters social, artistic, creative, technological or enterprising interactions.
Working with local authorities and their Local Enterprise Offices, business groups and communities nationwide will showcase the spirit of enterprise to a panel of judges from late August through to early October.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of November.
Deirdre Shine, Bank of Ireland's Head of Kilkenny said: 'SME's, start-ups and community organisations are the backbone of the local economy and a significant driver of the country's success and spirit. Local business owners and community groups want to see their town doing well and there is nothing like a bit of healthy competition to motivate people to put their best foot forward. I am excited to see some really strong entries from Kilkenny and know they will do the entire county proud.'
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