Bank of Ireland recently hosted a townhall meeting in Drumshanbo to announce its ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative in partnership with the local community.
The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative, whereby the local Branch Manager, Angela Dowd will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town. Various planned activities will take place in late November, the aim of which is to promote and drive momentum for SMEs in the locality, while showcasing all that the town has to offer.
Around 50 people from the local community attended the townhall event in the Mayflower Community Centre, Drumshanbo, recently.
Details of the Enterprise Town initiative were discussed at the meeting which will include a Business Expo which will take place on Friday, November 20 from 5pm to 8.30pm and a Sports and Community Expo which will take place on Saturday, November 21 from 11am to 2pm. Both events will take place in the Mayflower Community Centre, Drumshanbo, are free to attend and are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.
Commenting on the initiative Angela Dowd, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Drumshanbo said: “We are very excited to launch our ‘Enterprise Town’ initiative in Drumshanbo. I was delighted to see the great level of support from the local community for the initiative. With the platform Enterprise Town provides, matched with the commitment shown from the people of the town, the Drumshanbo Enterprise Town initiative promises to deliver a major boost to the local economy and community life.
“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 c. €2.5bn of new credit to SMEs in the first half of this year. This represented an increase of c. 18% on the same period last year.”
Dara Callaghan, who travelled from the neighbouring town of Boyle, spoke about the impact which the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town had on their community last year. “The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town initiative is a fantastic opportunity for the local community. In addition to providing businesses and local clubs with the chance to promote what they have to offer, it gives people the opportunity to meet, talk and connect in a social capacity which is fantastic”.
In addition to the planned business and community expos, the Bank has invited students from local schools to take part in the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Student Award. The winners will win a trophy and an iPad.
Businesses, clubs and societies interested in taking part in the events can register by emailing Angela Dowd on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call into the Drumshanbo Bank of Ireland branch to speak to a member of staff about the initiative.