The village of Bree, County Wexford was announced a regional second runner up at this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards, held on Wednesday night last at Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny. The Awards recognise and reward towns where businesses and communities have come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
The thriving rural village in the centre of County Wexford was the proud recipient of a regional Second Runner-Up category award. Supported by officials and Members of Wexford County Council, delighted representatives of Bree Community Development Group were on hand at the gala event to collect their framed award certificate and a cheque to the value of €1000.
Chairperson of Bree Development Group Bridie Galavan described the award as a deserved recognition of the strength of community spirit and resilience in Bree. “The people of Bree and surrounding area have always shown tremendous energy and commitment in seeking to improve local facilities and create new opportunities for our local community” said Bridie. “These awards demonstrate in a very real way that with financial and mentoring support, communities all over Ireland can achieve incredible success.”
This year’s awards saw collaboration between business groups and communities from over 83 towns and urban villages nationwide, with entries demonstrating exemplary entrepreneurial initiatives being undertaken to boost local economies. At the award ceremony, 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.
Speaking at the awards JJ Keyes, Head of Co. Wexford at Bank of Ireland 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.
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 Bree and local council representatives for their joint success at this year’s awards.”
Photo: John Carley, Councillor John Hegarty, Liz Hore, Claire Doyle, Bridie Galavan, Betty Kelly, JJ Keyes, Marguerite Murphy and Ian McMorrough
For a full list of 2018 award recipients visit www.thinkbusiness.ie
About the National Enterprise Town 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 throughout the months of September and October before announcing the winners at the awards ceremony last night.
With a total prize fund of €157,000, 40 awards were made on the night, including cash prize funds, and/or trophies /certificates.
This year 83 towns and urban villages were nominated for the competition.
For more information, please contact:
Wexford County Council: David Minogue, Head of Communications and Customer Services
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Bank of Ireland : Naomi Keating
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