Thurles Enterprise Town initiative launched

Enterprise Town programme will run on Friday and Saturday 11/12th March in St Patrick's College, Thurles

Thurles Enterprise Town initiative launched

Do you wish to highlight what your business is offering to customers? Do you need to inform those in the community what your organisation is doing? If so, then the Thurles Enterprise Town expo could be just the thing for you.

Bank of Ireland, through branch Manager Patricia Ryan, is facilitating the initiative which will see a major expo of the three pillars of the community taking place on Friday and Saturday March 11th and 12th in St Patrick's College . Those pillars - business, community and schools - are supporting the drive for the Enterprise Town and full community participation is anticipated following a very successful and well attended launch at the branch on Thursday evening last.

A special organising committee has been established for the event and a fun run/walk will also be part of the activities which will see clubs, organisations, societies and community associations, rubbing shoulders with the many businesses in Thurles, and the schools/colleges, to showcase their activities. This will be a very unique event for the town.

“We are privileged to be able to introduce the Enterprise Town concept to Thurles. Everyone will have a chance to showcase everything they wish and having witnessed it first hand in Callan, County Kilkenny where I live, I can vouch for the success of the programme and the benefits to be accrued,” Patricia Ryan told those in attendance last week.

As part of the initiative Thurles Vintage Club will also hold a Tractor Run on the 13th March, thereby making the event a three day one in reality. The chosen charities for the Enterprise Town are Suir Haven and North Tipperary Hospice - the funds will be raised through registration for the tractor run, and also for the fun walk/run on the Saturday morning. Entry, for patricipants and visitors, to the exhibition in St Patrick's College is free of charge, but exhibitors must book in advance in order to be allocated a space.

Thurles Chamber of Commerce President John Butler backed the initiative and commended Bank Of Ireland for putting Thurles forward as an Enterprise Town. There are, he said, great opportunities to promote the town and what it has to offer from a business, community and enterprise perspective.

Exhibitors will be allocated space in the venue on Friday afternoon - the event takes place from 4-7:00pm on Friday and from 11-2:00pm on Saturday. Bank of Ireland will match the funds raised for both charities up to a maximum. There will also be a schools element to the inititive with opportunities to view school exhibits in the afternoon - the students of today are the businesspeople of tomorrow after all.

Josette Hartnett, a native of Thurles, who has worked on a number of Enterprise Town programmes said she was thrilled to have it in her native town and outlined the benefits which can accrue from it. She encouraged all buisnesses, enterprises, clubs, societies and organisations to get involved and said that participation in the event will help to open up the participants to a very wide audience.

A keynote speaker will be announced very soon and the hard working committee are putting the preparations in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly over the course of the event. If you are interested in participating, you must register with Bank of Ireland immediately. “This can be a major success for Thurles and I encourage everyone to get involved,” Patricia said.