Laois Retail Masterclass is one of the highlights for Local Enterprise Week

Laois Retail Masterclass is one of the highlights for Local Enterprise Week

One of the events which will take place during Local Enterprise Week 5th – 9th March is a Laois Retail Masterclass which will be facilitated by Retail expert, James Burke who has worked with some of Ireland’s leading retailers.

James is regarded as Ireland’s leading retail expert specialising in regional town centre growth.

As well as working with high profile cross sector retailers, such as Lifestyle Sports, The Happy Pear, Eason’s, etc., James has worked with over 30 towns throughout Ireland to identify business growth opportunities.

James will be joined by a panel of speakers, including Paul Candon, M.D. of Mc Cabe Pharmacy Group and former Operations Manager of Topaz and Alice Fennelly, Town Leadership Team, Naas.

Paul Candon is the Chief Executive Officer for McCabes Pharmacy Group and Non-Executive Chairman of United Hardware Limited (Home value and Arrow).

Previously Paul held a number of executive roles with Topaz Energy Limited. Paul has worked in retail for over 30 years and former Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland.

Alice Fennelly is the Coordinator of Naas Town Centre Revival Project.

The town of Naas was facing a challenge two years ago. Retail closures, parking challenges and poor trading results.

The town's businesses were faced with a choice, whether to succumb to the negativity that was bedding itself in or to roll up its sleeves and tackle the challenges head on.

Today, Naas Town Centre has turned the corner and ahead lies exciting times and a strong commercial future for its business.

This short but high impact seminar is targeted at owners and managers in the following sectors – retail, restaurants and cafes, pharmacies, hotels, gyms, beauty salons, hairdressers, opticians, dentists, GPs and other service providers and any consumer facing business and will explore the challenges facing these sectors and identify some successful case studies who have succeeded in their field.

The agenda for the seminar will include a presentation by James Burke on the retail landscape 2018 where James will overview the challenges and successes being seen around the country and will highlight easy wins for individual businesses and town centres.

Alice Fennelly will give the Naas Town Centre story and you will hear how a town centre can successfully take control of its own future and achieve success.

Paul Candon will give an overview of the National landscape, focussing on retail challenges and opportunities.

If you wish to book a place for this event, please book online www.localenterprise.ie/laois under all events.

This event is free but places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For a full schedule of events during Local Enterprise Week, please view www.localenterprise.ie/laois or contact Local Enterprise Office Laois on 057 86 61800.