Business incentive scheme to take the bare look off our towns

Westmeath County Council’s new Business Incentive Scheme will improve the vitality of towns and villages by bringing unused properties back into use and helping to generate economic activity.

The details of the new scheme, due to be implemented on January 1, were nailed down by the council’s committee on economic development and enterprise on Monday, and just have to be agreed by the full council this Monday (December 15).

The Business Incentive Scheme (BIS) is a three-year grant scheme to incentivise the reuse of vacant premises. The council will pay a grant of 40 per cent of the annual commercial rate, in the first year, to anyone who occupies a vacant commercial property. The grant would reduce to 30 per cent in the second year, and 20 per cent in the third year.


Business

SPAR Garrycastle win at Convenience Store Awards

SPAR Garrycastle won the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 at the Shelflife C-Store Awards held in Dublin recently.

Aisling Kearney, commercial sales manager of Aryzta Food Solutions presents the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 to Joe and Denise Donegan of SPAR Garrycastle, Athlone

Lifestyle

Pamper yourself with great winter offers at Sirana Spa

Sirana Spa at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel is a real hidden gem in the heart of Athlone.


Motoring

Euro NCAP Advanced award goes to the new MINI

It appears that the new MINI is a leader not just when it comes to driving fun but also in the field of active safety. This status has now been confirmed by the independent safety testing institute Euro NCAP (new car assessment programme), in particular due to the new driver assistance systems. MINI has received the Euro NCAP Advanced award 2014 for its pedestrian warning system with city braking function.


News

Business incentive scheme to take the bare look off our towns

Westmeath County Council’s new Business Incentive Scheme will improve the vitality of towns and villages by bringing unused properties back into use and helping to generate economic activity.

Connaught rugby star David McSharry and Garda Aisling Brady take the plunge at the launch of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Opinion

O’Rourke invites Athlone to book launch “party”

Former Minister and TD, Mary O’Rourke is hoping to use the launch of her memoir on Sunday to provide “a bit of a party for Athlone”.


Property

Terraced house in Left Bank area

Blue Haven is an attractive two-bedroom town house located in the Left Bank area of Athlone.


Sport

Connacht Senior Cup final glory for Buccaneers

Buccaneers defeated Galwegians 28-14 in a lively Connacht Senior Cup final played at Galway Sportsground last Sunday. Buccs were full value for their double score victory played on a cool but mainly bright afternoon in front of a modest attendance. Both squads did not have the use of contracted players, but the teams put in a committed, absorbing, and entertaining battle for the coveted trophy which makes a long overdue return to the Midlands.

Buccaneers forwards drive the Galwegians pack back over their line for their second try scored by Scott Flanagan

The Week

Very festive line up at The Snug Bar

The festive season is definitely in full swing, and there’s no better place to be than The Snug!

White Mansions

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