The Pulse club in conjunction with Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd ( BACD) and the Shearwater Hotel & Spa hosted a successful networking event on June 18th centred around what the future holds for both new and existing businesses in the Ballinasloe area.
They say that small ripples make big waves and the overwhelming air of positivity was felt throughout the filled room was a testament to this. The event, with over 100 in attendance including local businesses, town residents, Oireachtas members, local Councillors and Pulse Club members - shared exciting new developments happening in our region including a view of the main trends and challenges faced.
The evening was facilitated by Brian King and Seamus Duffy of Ballinasloe Area Community Development (BACD) with Brian in turn opening the presentations and highlighting current business trends that we should be capitalising on including the gig economy, remote working, co-working, sustainability, tourism and artificial intelligence as well as all the positives Ballinasloe town has to offer in terms of community (accommodation, healthcare education etc.) and business (location, infrastructure etc.).
Mark McGovern, manager of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands followed and he shared the recently launched campaign by Fáilte Ireland following the success of the 'Wild Atlantic Way' and 'Ireland's Ancient East. The Hidden Heartlands showcase the very best that our inland counties have to offer and the benefits it will have on the region as well as new opportunities for businesses and citizens alike.
Ciaran Mcalary from Ryan Hanley Engineers who are responsible from the “Ballinasloe Town Enhancement Plan” gave an update of progress to date and plans for the future – resulting in future proofed facilities proving a more positive experience for visitors whilst creating a more attractive streetscape and pedestrian environment. This is a long-term boost for the town and the local community.
Closing the evening was a panel discussion chaired by Joe Glennon, Co-founder of Shuul Colours with Pulse Club members; Araya Business Support Services, Workplace Health and Wellbeing, Pro-Drive Ireland and Ana Victoria Mulcahy, Millinery who shared their success stories and experiences of starting a new business venture within the town.
'At Future Trends in Business at the Shearwater Hotel, I had the opportunity to hear from amazing young entrepreneurs and start-ups with the invaluable support of The Pulse Club in Ballinasloe. I am highly impressed with the confidence and creativity of these start-ups in East Galway today, especially the dynamic energy of this networking environment and how this encourages more people to try new ideas and maybe try their own start-up too. Get in touch with The Pulse Club in Ballinasloe or the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and start your journey today!'
Cllr Aisling Dolan, Leas-Chathaoirleach Ballinasloe, LEA 2019
The event highlighted a lot of new innovative business’s started in Ballinasloe and also a lot of positivity about what Ballinasloe has to offer businesses and investors.’ Denis Naughton, TD.
“We are thrilled with the support received from the Pulse Club, it’s really helped to drive our business forward. I highly coming along to one of the monthly meetings for anyone who is considering starting up their own business.” Niamh Creaven, Araya Business Support Services.
Bring King stated “The Pulse Club has become an important platform where early stage start-ups can exchange ideas, discuss and be challenged by members. The main goals of the club is to provide a networking platform for people in business as well as place of on going exchanges of ideas. Members learn and from each other and at the same time give inspiration. We encourage anyone who is interested in the business and economic growth of Ballinasloe to come along and network with like-minded people."
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Slides from the evening below
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