Sligo is re­gional win­ner at En­ter­prise Town Awards

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SLIGO was an­nounced as one of the re­gional run­ners up at this year’s Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards. The Awards recog­nise and re­ward towns where busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties have come to­gether to show­case the spirit of en­ter­prise in their lo­cal area.

This year’s awards saw col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween busi­ness groups and com­mu­ni­ties from over 80 towns and ur­ban vil­lages na­tion­wide, with en­tries demon­strat­ing ex­em­plary en­tre­pre­neur­ial ini­tia­tives be­ing un­der­taken to boost lo­cal economies.

At the award cer­e­mony in Kilkenny, a to­tal of 40 awards were given with an over­all prize fund of €157,000 al­lo­cated to en­cour­age fur­ther in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship within win­ning towns. Tak­ing the prize for over­all win­ner of the 2018 Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards was Let­terkenny.

Speak­ing at the awards, Head of County Sligo at Bank of Ire­land Tara Rodgers said: “Ev­ery year we are so im­pressed by the en­ter­pris­ing spirit and achieve­ments of towns and vil­lages na­tion­wide, as peo­ple work to­gether, to drive growth lo­cally and build thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

En­trepreneur­ship, col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tive think­ing have an im­mea­sur­able im­pact on a com­mu­nity’s abil­ity to flour­ish and we hope that all of this year’s win­ning towns en­joy their suc­cess and con­tinue to build on it fur­ther in 2019.

At Bank of Ire­land, sup­port­ing en­ter­prise is cen­tral to what we do and as the coun­try’s largest lender, with a pres­ence in over 250 com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide, we are com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal en­ter­prise and bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties closer to­gether. The Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards are Bank of Ire­land’s op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and re­ward towns where com­mu­ni­ties and busi­ness groups are work­ing closely to­gether with lo­cal author­i­ties and lo­cal en­ter­prise of­fices to spur en­ter­prise for­ward in their area.

The sup­port of City and County Coun­cils across the coun­try is a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the suc­cess of the awards and one which Bank of Ire­land is ex­tremely grate­ful for. On be­half of Bank of Ire­land, I would like to con­grat­u­late Sligo and lo­cal coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their joint suc­cess at this year’s awards.”

Now in its 3rd year, the Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards are a na­tion­wide search to find Ire­land’s most en­ter­pris­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The Awards aim to as­sist in the pro­mo­tion of en­ter­prise across the coun­try by bring­ing busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups to­gether to show­case to a panel of judges, the spirit of en­ter­prise in their lo­cal area.

Lo­cal author­i­ties as­sist in the nom­i­na­tion of towns, cities and ur­ban vil­lages/ar­eas on be­half of their own city or county. En­tries were ac­cepted through­out May and June with nom­i­nated towns an­nounced last July. The judg­ing panel then vis­ited all nom­i­nated lo­ca­tions this Au­tumn.

Tara Rodgers, Head of Co. Sligo at Bank of Ire­land and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Sligo County Coun­cil Ciarán Hayes at the Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards.

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