Granard chosen as ‘Enterprise Town’

Granard town. Photo: Joe McDonagh
Granard could be set for a major boost after it was one of two locations chosen by Bank of Ireland as a specially designated ‘Enterprise Town’.

Granard could be set for a major boost after it was one of two locations chosen by Bank of Ireland as a specially designated ‘Enterprise Town’.

The Enterprise Town concept is an initiative that aims to support both the local businesses and wider community.

Together with Rathdowney in Co Laois, the north Longford town will play host to a string of events aimed at strengethening those ties over the coming months.

“It’s really all about mobilising and supporting local business and the local community,” said the bank’s Head of Enterprise Development, Gerry Prizeman.

“From a business point of view, we are committed to maintaining our branch network across the country. Our staff are part of so many communities like the community of Granard.”

Under the plans, two exhibitions focusing on business and sporting matters will take centre stage towards the latter end of October.

Representatives from the bank also hope to establish closer links with the town’s two second level establishments.

This, it is envisaged, will centre largely on transition year students compiling a project aimed at raising the town’s overall profile while also supporting local business.

Teresa Donohoe, Granard branch manager with Bank of Ireland, said though in its infancy, the proposal has been warmly received.

“There has been an absolutely huge response,” she enthused.

“We had a great turnout at our meeting last week. The whole initiative has been so strongly endorsed by the whole business community.”

Following in the footsteps of Kells in Co Meath which was the bank’s inaugural ‘Enterprise Town’ benefactor last year, Ms Donohoe said the promise for a town like Granard was endless.

“This is an opportunity for all of Granard’s many businesses and the community to network together. It’s for the good of everybody and for the town as a whole,” she added.