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Bank of Ireland
National Enterprise Towns
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards take place this evening ( Wednesday ) at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny. There are 90 entrants in total with both Trim and Kells included in these.
The awards recognise and reward towns and villages where businesses and communities come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. The total prize fund is €157,000. The overall winner will receive a cash prize totalling €33,000. In 2017 37 towns shared the total prize fund.
The judging in Trim took place on September 17th and judges were impressed by the showcase that was put together for them.
Trim was entered into this competition by the newly formed Meath Chamber and a group was put together with Trim Tourism Network and a welcoming plan and structure put in place.
In Trim the judging started with a presentation at Trim Castle Hotel, MC’d by Noel Dempsey, where local business people explained why their small and large international businesses were happy and excited to be part of Trim. Prosper Meath detailed how they have worked in Trim with businesses to adapt for those with additional needs while Trim Tourism Network explained the importance of tourism business for Trim and detailed plans to enhance the visitor experience making Trim a destination at last and put it on the map when it comes to tourists planning their journey. The importance of working together with other tourism organisations was also expressed.
As tourism business was one of the main focus points of the day the judges were brought to a dramatic and musical tour of Trim Castle where they met characters from the past and enjoyed the performances from Trim Drama Group and Trim Musical Society. This was a truly magical experience and showcased how the community groups work together with local businesses and the Office of Public Works for one focused benefit. Judges were brought to the top of the Castle and areas of importance that make Trim what it is were pointed out. The costumes for the day were sponsored by Trimfold Envelopes, a huge supporter of all local community groups.
Trim Tidy Towns greeted judges on the street and engaged in conversation about their hard work, judges also met with some local business people, explored the Handmade Gallery before heading back to the Trim Castle Hotel to meet an array of community groups for a chat about the part they play in making Trim what it is. This was a real sense of how people live in and enjoy the local community.
Judging was completed with some local artisan food and entertainment at StockHouse before judges received their official Trim Passport.