Westport's Gillivan takes top role in rebel city business association

Westport native Philip Gillivan has been elected as the new president of the Cork Business Association. Photo: CBA/Twitter

Westport native Philip Gillivan has been elected as the new president of the Cork Business Association. Photo: CBA/Twitter

Westport native Philip Gillivan has been elected as the new president of the Cork Business Association.

The Mayo man, who is the proprietor of the Shelbourne Bar in Cork, took up his position last week and will hold it for a term of two years.

After he was elected to the position, Gillivan stressed the opportunities for economic development in the city saying: “I am honoured to take up the post as president of the Cork Business Association. This is a very exciting time for Cork but equally so we have to recognise the challenges we must address, particularly in respect of infrastructure and public transport.

"As a business owner myself, I want to stress how beneficial it has been to be part of this organisation over the years and to remind owners and managers that we are here for you, to promote your interests at local and national level.

"We will continue to work with all the key stakeholders to revitalise our city and make it a place people want to work, visit, and live in. We all need to work together to have one strong voice and this is the voice of business in Cork city.”

Lawrence Owens, chief executive officer of Cork Business Association, said he was looking forward to working alongside Gillivan: “I would like to congratulate Philip on his election as our new president and I look forward to working with him.

"Philip is a proven entrepreneur with a strong commercial background and I am confident he will bring new progressive and dynamic thinking to the organisation."

The Cork Business Association is a not for profit organisation that represents the interests of businesses in Cork. It is dedicated to promoting business interests at local and national level, and Cork city as the premier commercial and tourist destination in the southern region of Ireland. For further information see www.corkbusiness.ie

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