Com­pa­nies set out stalls at 2018 Sum­mit

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

OVER 60 BUSI­NESSES from around the South East took the op­por­tu­nity to net­work and reach out to po­ten­tial new clients at this year’s Wex­ford Busi­ness Sum­mit.

Tak­ing place in Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s ‘Street’ on Wed­nes­day, the event drew a crowd of in­ter­ested busi­ness own­ers and in­di­vid­u­als, keen to see what was on of­fer in the lo­cal­ity as well as check­ing out some of the ex­tra events such as talks from Paddy Power Head of Mar­ket­ing Paul Mal­lon, and Fla­ha­van’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, John Fla­ha­van.

Busi­nesses and com­pa­nies of all types, and all sizes, had the chance to show­case the best of what they do. From of­fice fur­ni­ture with a dif­fer­ence, to 3D print­ing; from fi­nan­cial ad­vice com­pa­nies to the pro­mo­tion of arts and sports, this year’s list of ex­hibitors touched on every in­dus­try.

The event was opened by Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Niall Reck, Coun­cil CEO Tom En­right, and Coun­cil Cathaoir­leach Keith Doyle.

Mr En­right re­marked that the sum­mit gave com­pa­nies a chance to net­work, do busi­ness, cre­ate new con­nec­tions, re­cruit new em­ploy­ees and gain some in­sight to help their growth.

He said: ‘Af­ter a num­ber of very dif­fi­cult years, it’s won­der­ful to see that many busi­nesses have started to gain con­fi­dence again to in­vest and to take on new staff. There are, as al­ways, chal­lenges ahead, and none more so than Brexit, but I can as­sure you that Wex­ford County Coun­cil is here to sup­port you, from mi­cro-en­ter­prises via the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice through to larger com­pa­nies via our Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment team.’

Mr En­right com­mended ev­ery­body in­volved in bring­ing such a high qual­ity event to the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and paid spe­cial trib­ute to Wex­ford Cham­ber, as well as the Fa­cil­i­ties Man­age­ment staff and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment staff in Wex­ford County Coun­cil.

Coun­cil Cathaoir­leach, Cllr Doyle re­marked: ‘As one of the main spon­sors of the event, Wex­ford County Coun­cil is proud of the suc­cess that this event has achieved, pro­vid­ing real op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to learn and grow, and it con­tin­ues to play an ac­tive role in show­cas­ing all that is good about Wex­ford busi­ness.’

Fol­low­ing that, the team from the Google Dig­i­tal Garage de­mys­ti­fied the process of analysing busi­ness data.

A large crowd mi­grated to­wards the main stage for Paul Mal­lon’s talk, ‘30 years of mis­chief, mis­takes and things they don’t teach you in mar­ket­ing school’, in which he shared some of his top tips from his ex­pe­ri­ences in a com­pany whose mar­ket­ing strate­gies have never been ac­cused of be­ing in­ef­fec- tive. Although, he did voice his dis­ap­point­ment that a re­cent ‘drive-in con­fes­sional booth’ to cor­re­spond with the Pope’s visit did not pro­voke as much out­rage as had been ex­pected!

Com­pa­nies also took ad­van­tage of the An­gel’s Den pitch­ing com­pe­ti­tion and the Meet the Buyer fo­rum that was of­fered on the morn­ing.

John Fla­ha­van dis­cussed how go­ing Green helped Fla­ha­van’s to de­velop in a pos­i­tive way, and Phil Walker rounded off the event with a dis­cus­sion about Busi­ness and Global Warm­ing, and what com­pa­nies could do to play their part in an ever-grow­ing area of con­cern.

Com­ment­ing on the suc­cess of the sum­mit, Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Niall Reck said: ‘ The ninth an­nual Wex­ford Busi­ness Sum­mit was a great suc­cess, show­ing once again that Wex­ford is a vi­brant busi­ness lo­ca­tion with a lot to of­fer. Events such as the Sum­mit are es­sen­tial for help­ing peo­ple build con­tracts, part­ner­ship and net­work. The Sum­mit has again de­liv­ered re­sults to dozens of busi­nesses who came pre­pared to pro­mote them­selves, ex­change ideas and build re­la­tion­ships that will pro­vide new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the weeks and months ahead.’

Tom En­right (CE, Wex­ford County Coun­cil), Cllr Keith Doyle (chair­man, Wex­ford County Coun­cil), John Fla­ha­van (Fla­ha­vans Foods), Colm Blake ( Zurich), Paul Mal­lon (Paddy Pow­ers) and Niall Reck (pres­i­dent, Wex­ford Cham­ber).

Richard Hob­son (Herdsy), Niall McManus (Newslist), Tony Red­mond (RSense Bed Sen­sors), and Ruaira Gough (Pay­tient Pay­ments), all of whom took part in the Bussi­ness Pitch­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

To­mas Ber­trand, Silve Re­nault and Shane Boy­lan.

Tony Red­mond and Va­lerie Red­mond (RSense Bed Sen­sors), and Amy Pet­titt (Wex­ford Bus).

Ni­amh Carolan (Wells House) and Gemma O’Hal­lo­ran (Freestyle Con­sult­ing and Events).

Catherine King Smyth and Jas­mine Smyth at the Sum­mit.

Sarah Barry and Ni­amh Sin­nott from IT Car­low Wex­ford Cam­pus.

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