Longford town is a “friendly” place in which to do business.
That is the defiant message which was delivered this week by local entrepreneurial representatives ahead of an eagerly awaited business showcase next month.
Spearheaded by Longford Chamber of Commerce as well as both Longford County Enterprise Board and Longford Business Network, work behind a two day ‘Longford Expo’ (May 25-26) has already showed signs of significant progress.
One of the event’s biggest coups has been the addition of the town’s still vacant Longford Town Centre as a location for the two day gathering.
“We are absolutely delighted,” said an enthusiastic sounding chamber secretary, Lisa Brady. “It’s (building) in great nick and we feel it is the ideal location to show what is on offer from a business perspective in Longford.”
One of the factors which prompted local business leaders to stage the exhibition next month came largely on foot of a similar undertaking almost six months ago.
“After the chamber held a business fair some months back from that we found there was a big need for businesses to get together and network simply because a lot of people don’t realise the breadth of business there is in the county,” said Ms Brady.
Preliminary talks with the much vaunted Business Angel Network and officials from Longford County Enterprise Board followed in a concerted attempt to generate support for the initiative.
Similar moves were likewise put in place to entice NAMA delegates and receiver managers from RSM Farrell Grant Sparks to open up the town’s unoccupied shopping centre.
And according to Ms Brady, it’s a move which could lead to additional economic benefits for the town and county both now and into the future.
“It’s an opportunity to create a debate and generate ideas in terms of how it (shopping centre) might be best utilised,” she said.
As well as providing an opening to demonstrate Longford’s rich and diverse manufacturing potential, the exhibition will also allow company bosses to benefit from expert advice courtesy of an exclusive business network event on the opening Friday morning.
For consumers there is the added bonus of free parking inside the centre’s adjoining the former Sean Connolly Barracks site with free entry to the public also being afforded on both days (12-6pm).
Business owners and entrepreneurs keen on getting involved can still do so by phoning 087 7786834 or simply by logging onto longfordexpo.com for further details.