Shop win­dow to best in Wex­ford busi­ness

Wexford People - - NEWS - By SARA GAHAN

WEX­FORD busi­ness put it­self on show at County Hall last week with 80 ex­hibitors tak­ing part in one of the big­gest net­work­ing events of the year.

The Wex­ford Busi­ness Expo pro­vided a shop win­dow on the county, with stalls rep­re­sent­ing an A-Z of the busi­ness com­mu­nity ea­ger to at­tract vis­i­tors.

Model Rosanna Dav­i­son, who won Miss World in 2003, along with ed­i­tor of the Sun­day Busi­ness Post, Ian Ke­hoe, made an ap­pear­ance at this year’s Busi­ness Expo, which drew more than 2,000 vis­i­tors.

In his ad­dress, Pres­i­dent of Wex­ford Cham­ber Karl Fitz­patrick, who of­fi­cially opened the Expo, said the event is there to help ex­hibitors to progress their busi­ness and ‘find the next gear.’

He said that the free event of­fered a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion for those who wanted to ex­pand their busi­ness.

Dr Janette Davis and Dr Veron­ica Kelly from Wex­ford Cam­pus IT Car­low were heart­ened to see a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tional stands among those ex­hibit­ing.

‘It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for some­one like us to show that we are­here, in terms of ed­u­ca­tional sup­port around Wex­ford,’ said Mrs Davis.

Over at the stall of the Wex­ford Work­ing Men’s Shed, Bren­dan Tormey and Teddy Doyle were very happy to get the op­por­tu­nity to show­case what they do.

Ev­ery year AIB Wex­ford set up a stall to give fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion to the vis­i­tors. This year AIB’s Martin Doyle said the Expo was the best one yet.

‘The at­mos­phere here is just bril­liant and where we are sit­u­ated [near the en­trance] is great. We get to catch peo­ple com­ing in and when they are leav­ing,’ said Mr Doyle.

Karol Jack­son from Me­napia Prop­er­ties achieved what she set out to do at the Busi­ness Expo.

‘I got two great leads to­day, so I am more than happy. I feel it is very im­por­tant for busi­nesses to make the pub­lic aware of their ser­vices.’

The Cham­ber had three Google Garage work­shops run­ning through­out the day – Reach New Cus­tomers On­line, Tell Your Story On­line and Know Your Busi­ness with Google An­a­lyt­ics.

News­pa­per ed­i­tor Ian Ke­hoe spoke of the risks and re­wards of grow­ing your own busi­ness.

His pre­sen­ta­tion was fol­lowed by the launch of Wex­ford Cham­ber’s BAR (Busi­nesses Act­ing Re­spon­si­bly), a new ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity, phi­lan­thropy, health and well­be­ing, and en­vi­ron­ment.

Mean­while, the Wex­ford Food Fam­ily also launched their Wex­ford Food Fo­cus 2020 strat­egy at the Expo. It aims to pro­mote and grow the Wex­ford Food Fam­ily busi­nesses for the next three years, by set­ting up meet­ings with the pub­lic to help them ex­pand.

Later in the day, model Rosanna Dav­i­son made an ap­pear­ance and took the time to pose for pic­tures with some of the ex­hibitors.

The busi­nesses who took part in the year’s Wex­ford Busi­ness Expo were: Wex­ford Food Fam­ily; Fi­nance Ire­land; Bus Eire­ann; AIB; Wex­ford County Fire Ser­vices; Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice; The Hatch Lab; Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work; Wex­ford Li­brary - Work Mat­ters; Wex­ford Tidy Towns; Visit Wex­ford; Busi­ness Act­ing Re­spon­si­bly; The Sun­day Busi­ness Post; County Wex­ford Cham­bers; Wex­ford Cham­ber Skill­snet; Wex­ford Peo­ple News­pa­pers; Graphe­dia; Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment; De­part­ment of So­cial Pro­tec­tion; Em­ploy­A­bil­ity Ser­vice Wex­ford; Bofin Con­sul­tancy; Mag­net; Mas­tered; Lo­cal Link; Wex­ford Work­ing Men’s Club; Dat­a­pac; CWS-boco Ire­land Ltd; Water­ford and Wex­ford Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board; South East BIC; Think Print & De­sign; Think Busi­ness So­lu­tion; CHC En­vi­ron­men­tal So­lu­tions; Bank of Ire­land; EBS; In­terTradeIre­land; Glen Fu­els; Caulfield Fi­nan­cial Ltd; As­set Lo­ca­tor; Gas Net­works Ire­land; Wright In­sur­ance Bro­kers Ltd; Wex­ford Cham­ber Vouch­ers; GD Ac­counts Train­ing; Zurich In­sur­ance Ire­land Ltd; Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre; O’Driscoll Lynn Ar­chi­tects; David M Power Con­sul­tancy; Spir­i­tual Earth; Swift-Ad­min.com; Schedulie. com; Abodoo.com; 123 Con­necta. com; JamDig­i­tal.ie; Air­baseMakeup. ie; Num­ber 12; Clay­ton Whites of Wex­ford; De­laney Cor­po­rate Fi­nance; Home In­stead Se­nior Care; Strate­gic Bank Cor­po­ra­tion of Ire­land; Wex­ford Cam­pus IT Car­low; IOAC-In­ter­na­tional Out­door Ad­ven­ture Cen­tre; El­e­va­tion Con­struc­tion Net­work McGrath Con­struc­tion Con­sul­tants; To­tal Slip So­lu­tions; En­nis­cor­thy Air; Me­napia Prop­er­ties; and NP Liq­uid Glass.

Wex­ford Food Fam­ily launch Wex­ford Food Fo­cus 2020 at the Expo (from left): Catherine Ge­orge, Fancy Fungi Mush­rooms; Cllr John He­garty, chair­man of Wex­ford County Coun­cil, who launched the pro­gramme; Andrea Mol­loy, Clever Man Beer; Tom Sin­nott, Wex­ford Pre­serves; Leigh Kelly, Zaeire Ar­ti­san Choco­lates; Trudi Power, Trudie’s Kitchen; and Paula Ro­nan.

Donna Mur­phy of Peo­ple News­pa­pers with Rosanna Dav­i­son.

Lor­raine Galvin and Ni­cola Rut­tledge.

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