Bank of Ireland wants to support the development of smaller communities at both business level and in the wider context, incorporating schools, sports, social and charitable associations. The Enterprise Town initiative has been developed to allow this to happen and, to date, has worked very well in delivering excellent, community led results across the country.
The Enterprise Town event usually begins on a Friday with a Business & Community Expo, which allows local businesses to showcase what they do. It is also a chance to network – meet potential customers & suppliers, share ideas, and show the level of enterprise that is right on the doorstep.
The Enterprise Town event then usually features a Sports & Community Expo on a Saturday, with all the local sports clubs, community clubs and societies gathering together to show what they do, to sign up new members and to recruit new supporters. The Sports & Community Expo is a fun day, with something for all the family.
Organising the Enterprise Town events presents a wonderful opportunity for first and second-level students – in particular those in Transition Year – to gain valuable ‘real world’ experience. These students are a vital part of any community, and it is important to introduce them to enterprise in action and to open their young eyes to exciting opportunities.