MAJOR BOOST FOR MITCHELSTOWN
Responding to the news, as broken by The Avondhu last week, that the Mitchelstown Forum has been awarded €450,000 towards the development of a Community Enterprise Centre, business development manager, Paul Swift has welcomed the initiative as considerable boost for the town.
He told The Avondhu, “When I was appointed to my position on the 1st of July, I was amazed to find that a town the size of Mitchelstown did not have an enterprise centre. While there are food units available at Coolnanave, there was no facility currently available that would support start-up knowledge based businesses which in my view is the basis of business development in any town.
Having witnessed first hand the positive impact such a centre can have on a local community, I set about working with the Forum executive to apply for funding and to ensure the our application was completed in time before the August 29th deadline. I am now delighted for everyone involved that we have received a positive outcome to our application.”
Paul also thanked and paid tribute to Mary McEvoy of Enterprise Ireland.
Mitchelstown Forum Chairman, Tom Whelton stated that he was, “delighted with this development and that he would be calling a special meeting of the Forum executive in the coming week to appoint a sub-committee to oversee the roll-out of this project.”
When asked what this centre will mean in real terms to Mitchelstown, Paul Swift stated that, “this will not only be a facility for people wishing to start a business in Mitchelstown, it will also be equipped with state of art ICT infrastructure which will allow us to rent meeting rooms to local businesses and organisations as well as offering the potential to run outreach education programmes or business training seminars; the opportunities are endless,” he concluded.
Mitchelstown Forum was granted the funding after a successful application to Enterprise Ireland under the Community Enterprise Scheme.
Thursday 6th November 6:19pm