Three Limerick towns in the running for National Enterprise Town Awards 2019
Three County Limerick towns are among the nominees for the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019 which brings business and community groups together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
A total awards prize fund of almost €200,000 will be shared by 41 towns including the overall national winner and the winner of the “Rising Star” category.
Adare, Broadford and Moyross will be up against towns from across the country which have been put forward by local authorities or recommended by the public. Judges will visit all nominated places during August and September and winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in December.
Since the inaugural National Enterprise Town Awards in 2016, 104 towns, urban areas and villages across the country will have shared €500,000 in funding to invest in their community. Previous award winners highlight the main benefits of participating in the awards as increased community spirit, a boost to local tourism, and growth of the new business.
The number of nominees has grown from 17 in 2016 to 79 this year and the competition is open to small, medium and large towns as well as city villages/urban areas.
Commenting on this year’s nominees, Maria Kelly, Head of Bank of Ireland for Limerick said
“It’s fantastic to see Limerick represented in this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019. Enabling communities and business to thrive is at the heart of what we do at Bank of Ireland and the National Enterprise Town Awards are a chance for us to recognise and reward the spirit of enterprise in towns across the country.”
The awards are part of Bank of Ireland’s €1.2 million investment in enterprise development within communities across Ireland this year.
“The awards have helped us to highlight skills programmes and facilities for young people within Moyross where people of all ages enjoy a good quality of life, a decent home and a sense of pride about the place. It has also created a feeling of well serviced and attractive neighbourhoods and fully integrated with social, economic and culture of Limerick.”
Sean McGlynn, Moyross NETA Committee member & Senior Executive Officer, Limerick City & County Council
“ While the village of Adare is widely known as one of the country’s prettiest villages, NETA gives us the opportunity to highlight the great community enterprise activity happening here. For example, Adare Community Trust (ACT) exists to promote co-operation and communications between all organisations in Adare towards a communal goal of making Adare a better place to Live, Work and Visit. ACT works with all groups and the people of Adare to develop an overall strategic plan for Adare, which will enhance the village and surrounds. Other examples of how strong the community and voluntary sector is in Adare are the Men’s Shed, Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre and the Manor Fields Project where community and recreational facilities are currently being extended and developed. “
Eamonn Ryan, Adare NETA Committee member & CEO Local Enterprise Office Limerick
“I believe that NETA provides towns and communities with a real incentive to both works together and with other stakeholders to develop enterprise in their area. In Co. Limerick, Broadford is a particularly good example of how a community has leveraged significant support from a wide range of state agencies for projects that are used by all members of the community, young and old”.
Mike Cantwell, Broadford NETA Committee member & CEO Innovate Limerick
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