Local spotlight on National Enterprise Week

Local businesses will be showcased in the county’s Bank of Ireland branches to mark National Enterprise Week from November 16 to-23..

Local businesses will be showcased in the county’s Bank of Ireland branches to mark National Enterprise Week from November 16 to-23..

The week will focus on getting access to credit and ‘Junior Dragon’s Den,’ an extension of the bank’s sponsorship with RTE’s Dragon’s Den.

Bank of Ireland will also facilitate a meeting titled “Retail unification and cohesive social media strategy for Kilkenny” on November 21 from 6.30-8.30pm in Hotel Kilkenny. Speaking at the event will be media consultant and entrepreneur Gavin Duffy, WIT Innovations Centre head Tom Corcoran, Kilkenny Chamber president Donie Butler and Bank of Ireland regional manager Marguerite Brosnan. The event will start with a showcase of the second-level student entrepreneurs who will compete for a place on RTE’s Junior Dragon’s Den.

The “Show your Business” initiative in the Kilkenny branch will highlight graphic design and printing business PF Design and Print, which also set up the website www.thehurlingstore.com; Envirotherm Ltd, a Ballyhale-based business that manufactures, supplies and fits high-grade insulation material; and Jennie Castle’s mosaic pieces created in her Castlerin Studios in Bennettsbridge.

The Urlingford branch will showcase Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters Ceramics, who produces hand-built crafted ceramics in her new studio workshop, The Black Door, at 10 Main Street in Johnstown; and Geri Doyle Ryan, who works with various media, mixing natural fibres such as horse hair, turf peat, paper, leaves and decomposed flowers on canvas with oil paints.

The bank’s Callan branch will feature Dooley Bros, a trailer manufacturer since 1962 that produce a broad range of trailers at a purpose-built facility near Kilkenny; and Pauline Flynn, proprietor of Mill House Design Studios.