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Chamber President, Colm Neville and Vice President Pat Bevin were among the guests to meet with the French and Norwegian Ambassadors in Wexford last week. Both availed of the opportunity to promote Enniscorthy town and district as an ideal location for business start-ups and as an area in which to holiday.

President Neville spoke of the many attractions the area had to offer in terms of tourism, saying Enniscorthy and its hinterlands was teeming in history while boasting some of the finest beaches in Ireland. Pat Bevin talked of his experiences as Managing Director of a Belgian company operating in Enniscorthy and said the welcome and support offered to his enterprise was above reproach.

Despite the Government’s decision to retain certain protective measures in a bid to contain the Covid 19 outbreak, news of a further relaxing of restrictions, announced on Tuesday of last week, has been warmly welcomed by all sections of the business community. Here in the Chamber of Commerce, the news has also been warmly greeted for it means our annual black-tie ball is likely to be allowed proceed as planned.

The ball is scheduled to take place on Saturday night, December 4th., in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, with well-known T.V pundit, business man and politician (retired) Ivan Yates pencilled in to give the keynote address. Tickets for the event are selling briskly with 10 Corporate Tables already having been booked. A total of 18 Tables of 10 and five tables of 20 are available and are being offered to the town and district’s commercial sector as the ideal way of celebrating Christmas with staff. Corporate bookings are now taking place and individual ticket sales will commence shortly.

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The ball will commence with a champagne reception on arrival, followed by a five course sumptuous meal which will highlight the best of Wexford produce after which dancing will follow to the fabulous sounds of ‘Fiesta’ a five piece musical combo from Carlow. This will be the first major social event in Enniscorthy in almost two years and with it taking place at the start of the Christmas season, it promises to be an occasion not to be missed.

Now with a greater certainty surrounding the organising of events in the lead up to Christmas, the Chamber is working hand-in-glove with the Municipal Authority to make Christmas 2021 a memorable one in Enniscorthy. Santa’s Enchanted Castle is making a welcome return to the Castle and already bookings have far exceeded expectations. When last staged in 2019, Santa’s Enchanted Castle resulted in over 5,000 bed nights being booked in local hotels which made a significant contribution to the Christmas economy locally. This year the expectation is that an even greater number of bed nights will be sold making Santa’s Enchanted Castle one of the great attractions of Christmas in Enniscorthy.

Last week’s seminar aimed at the construction industry in The Riverside Park Hotel was very successful with building contractors, engineers, architects and quantity surveyors from across the county in attendance. The event was organised by House Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) and hosted by Enniscorthy & District Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Colm Neville welcomed the attendance before handing over to Michael Broderick, Chief Executive, House Building Finance Ireland, who gave a detailed analysis of what HBFI is all about and how it was stablished by the Government in order to expedite house construction in Ireland in order to meet demand.

Mr. Broderick outlined the range of funding products available to better support the residential development sector and said HBFI had €750m at its disposal to fund residential products which are commercially viable from 5 units to over 300 units.

The Chief Executive outlined the various funding products available from HBFI including their Green Funding Product designed to encourage the development of sustainable housing, their Small Development Funding Product for under 10 units, their original product offering for residential products of more than 10 units, their Apartment Funding Product for apartment construction, their Momentum Fund which is designed to provide funding to established developers in response to the Covid 19 crisis and their Social Housing Fund for the provision of Social Housing projects right across Ireland.

The response from the floor was enthusiastic with Mr. Broderick and his team of officials fielding a series of questions from the floor which fully informed the attendance of HBFI’s willingness to work with the construction sector in providing badly needed houses in this area ranging from private developments to apartment blocks to social housing.


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