Mountmellick to fly the flag for Laois as enterprise town

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan



Yarnbombing hits Mounmellick. Picture: Denis Byrne

Mountmellick is the only town from Laois in a national competition to find the best enterprise town in Ireland.

Three judges were due to arrive in the town at 11am on Thursday September 13, for the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018. This has been rescheduled to to Monday, September 24 starting at 2pm.

The competition aims to boost enterprise by uniting business and communities to showcase their local areas.

There is a prize fund of €157,000 in many categories including national, regional and small town prizes.

Mountmellick Development Association applied on behalf of the town and event coordinator Paddy Buggy has enlisted a range of businesses and groups to make the pitch to judges throughout the day.

They start in the Forum Hostel with a five strong presentation of an overview of Mountmellick, what is involved in setting up a new business there, being a National Winner, foreign investment in the town and future sustainability and employment developments.

This will be followed by a Q&A session where other community members will answer judges' questions.

Next they will be invited to make some chocolates in Cocoa Couture, a newer business in the town.

The judges will each take guided walks of the town to meet businesses and groups.

They will visit the library, Wolfetone court, Bay Road industrial estate, the MDA business park and O'Connell House incubation hub.

The Hares Corner restaurant will host a wrap presentation.

“This event is about show casing all that is good about Mountmellick, with 138 businesses, 40 community organisations, a rich heritage and the plans for exciting initiatives,” said Mr Buggy.

The event is supported by the Business Support Unit of Laois County Council and Bank of Ireland Mountmellick. Laois County Council's Ger O'Mahony has coordinated the Tidy Towns, Anglers, CE Scheme, council staff and Cllr Paddy Bracken to help the town look its best.

“We hope all the residents and businesses will do their bit to have the town looking spic and span,” said Maura Reddin of the Tidy Towns.