Castlecomer Discovery Park is looking forward to welcoming the judges of Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprise Town Awards this Tuesday 21st August. The Awards are designed to recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
The competition aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
Bank of Ireland is the country’s largest lender and committed to helping customers achieve their business ambitions. Bank of Ireland recognises that SME’s, Startups and Community Organisations are a significant driver of the country’s success and spirit.This competition is the Bank’s way of recognising the efforts being made by local people to promote and grow their towns and communities and to play its role as a business leader.
Castlecomer is one of only four entries to the competition from County Kilkenny.
The judging panel is scheduled to visit Castlecomer on Tuesday 21 August for a 3 hour session which include a business expo; meeting with local community & business reps; a presentation and a town tour to highlight some of our recent developments from a community & enterprise perspective. Castlecomer Discovery Park will be giving the judges a tour of our social enterprise, outlining the impact that our development has had on the development of tourism and enterprise in the town.
€33,000 is the total prize money for the overall winner (Regional Category winner €3,000, National Category Winner €10,000 & overall winner €20,000).These are special cash awards out of a total fund of €15,000 (three cash prizes of €5,000 each) made at the discretion of the judges to projects/initiatives they discover on their judging journey which they believe would benefit from this award.
The winners will be announced at the awards night which will be held at The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny – 28th November 2018.
Each Category Winner will receive a trophy. The overall winner will receive the trophy and be crowned ‘Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018 – Overall Winner’
In the National Enterprise Towns Awards 2018, there will be a new Rising Star category with one prize of €20,000 awarded to the winner.
This Award is aimed at Towns/Urban areas with unemployment and social exclusion issues. The towns may also have visible derelict/empty premises or spaces where there are plans or projects being progressed to create a place of social/artistic/creative/technological or enterprise interaction.
See attached at link to the Awards for further information – https://www.thinkbusiness.ie/articles/enter-the-national-enterprise-town-awards-2018-bank-of-ireland/