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Balbriggan Focus on Tourism and Enterprise Renewal

by Carolyn Hanlon
Pictured L-R: Jim Glennon, Former TD & Senator, Cllr. Grainne Maguire, Richard Berney, President, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, Cllr. Tony Murphy, Yvonne Moriarty, Hotel Operations Director, Moriarty Group, Susan Mullen, Chamber Office Manager & Edel McGuinness, Managing Director, EMG Property Consultants. Photo Credit: Sandra McGrath

Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce & Balbriggan Tourism Event taking place in the Bracken Court Hotel on Friday, 4th March, inviting businesses and community interests locally to participate, with registration details now available online at www.balbrigganchamber.ie

Key figures from the tourism and hospitality sector will gather in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan next month, along with local businesses and community groups, to discuss a recovery plan for the local economy.

Businesses and community interests locally are invited to participate in the event on Friday, 4th March next, with further detail and registration now online at www.balbrigganchamber.ie.

The initiative is hosted by Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and Balbriggan Tourism with participants from Fingal County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) and Fáilte Ireland.

We need to refocus on the economic future of Fingal and its major urban communities, like Balbriggan, Richard Berney, President of the Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and a Director of UHY Farrelly Dawe White Ltd, said.

“We are bringing together the business community and local State agencies to ensure that all sectors and interested community groups have a shared vision of how we move forward and restore vibrancy to the area.”

Contributors include Emer O’Gorman, Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development with Fingal County Council, and Helen Cole, the Dublin Region Manager for Failte Ireland, who will outline future strategic plans and support for the area.

On the subject of renewal schemes and grants to support business development, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Fingal has an interesting presentation.

Eilish Harrington, CEO of Fingal LEADER Partnership, who is responsible for the delivery of Dublin’s rural development programme, will address how to maximise the asset represented by Fingal’s rural hinterland.

Local Councillors, Tony Murphy and Grainne Maguire are at the forefront of this initiative and welcome the support provided by all involved in building on this event for the town of Balbriggan.

Rejuvenation, information, sharing and learning will be the order of the day, according to the MC for the enterprise event, Jim Glennon.  The former TD and Senator, who now holds non-executive advisory roles in the commercial and voluntary sectors, will be mediating discussion and encouraging audience contribution.

Luke Moriarty, Managing Director of the Moriarty Group and Executive Committee Member of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, says the overriding concern is that businesses, large and small, need to get involved.

“The pandemic legacy has left few businesses or community groups unscathed.  Sectors that Fingal relies on, like tourism and hospitality, were decimated, as was traditional retail.  So, we need to pull together to find solutions.  Everyone should be heard and be part of the journey and vision for our region”.

As well as the opportunity to meet and engage with representatives from development agencies and different industry sectors, the panel discussion and audience feedback will seek to identify practical initiative and solutions to support local sustainable business development and tourism.

“Businesses working together to cluster and co-promote products and services, and to enhance the visitor experience in the area, are key to creating opportunities”, Helen Cole of Fáilte Ireland says.

Sharing insights and experiences, and learning from each other will boost the region’s collective strengths, Jim Glennon, adds.

“This conference is about looking positively towards the future and the continued success and further development of the local economy and our community resource, Glennon, Former TD and Senator, said.

To register your interest go to: www.balbrigganchamber.ie.

For further information please contact:

Balbriggan Chamber Office 01-968 0080 / 089 2615261

Email: [email protected]

For updates on this event, or further information, see www.balbrigganchamber.ie  / [email protected]  or Facebook

Indoor hospitality health and safety guidelines will be followed.

Companies wishing to support with sponsored materials on the day are invited to get in touch.

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