Bank of Ireland brings its ‘Enterprise Town’ Initiative to Swinford
‘Enterprise Town’ Initiative launched to support local businesses and the wider community.
Guest speakers include, Aaron Forde, Aurivo Co-Operative Society and Donal Healy, Marketing Manager, Ireland West Airport.
Bank of Ireland have announced details of an exciting programme of activity for Swinford, over the weekend of 17th and 18th April 2015. The ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative has been organised by the Bank in partnership with the local community in Swinford. The initiative aims to promote and drive business momentum for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the agri sector and the wider sports and social community in the locality.
The activities taking place over the two days include a Business and Community Expo on Friday 17th April from 3pm to 7pm in the Swinford Cultural Centre and a Sports and Community Expo on Saturday 18th April in Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford from 11pm to 2pm. Both of the events are free to attend and are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.
Over 40 local businesses will showcase at the Business and Community Expo event on Friday with presentations from guest speakers. There will be presentations from local representatives and business people including local historian Michael Comer who will give a presentation on Swinford and the history of the Cultural Centre. The second session will include presentations from Joanne Grehan, Head of Mayo Enterprise, and Donal Healy, Marketing Manager with Ireland West Airport. The final session of the day will include presentations from Aaron Forde, CEO, Aurivo Co-Operative Society and newly appointed Chairman of the Irish Dairy Board, Breián Carroll, Managing Director at Carroll Consultancy and Seamus Ferry, Senior Business Manager with Bank of Ireland followed by a Q&A facilitated by Dr Roberta McDonald, Farm Profitability Programme Manager, Aurivo.
On Saturday at the Sports and Community Expo local clubs and societies will be showcased at the event. We are delighted to announce that James Horan, former Mayo GAA Player & Manager and Willie Joe Padden, former Mayo GAA Player will be attending and taking part in a questions and answers session.
Commenting on the initiative, Rory Curran, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Swinford said: “We are very excited to bring our ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative to Swinford. The response from the local community has been heartening and from the outset they have welcomed and embraced our proposal. I am proud of what we have achieved together over a very short time and am looking forward to a packed weekend which will showcase the very best that Swinford has to offer.”
“Bank of Ireland is committed to supporting the growth in business recovery in this country. We are open for lending and looking to attract new customers and we want to continue to be the Enterprise Bank in Ireland. We approved €4.5 billion in new credit in 2014, an increase of 13% over the previous year. We continue to be the main provider of new SME lending to the market, with more than 50% of the flow of new non-property lending. The outlook for 2015 is positive. Consumer confidence levels at the end of 2014 were close to 7-year highs and employment gains are set to continue, supporting a further rise in consumer spending.”
“We would encourage all local businesses and the wider community to engage with this initiative and participate in the programme of activities scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. There is much talk around the town on the potential that these events have to help drive increased activity for local enterprises. The Bank has been an active employer and business in this community for a very long time and our future success is intrinsically linked with the success of the local community” concluded Rory Curran.