The Pulse club in conjunction with Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd (BACD ) and the Shearwater Hotel and Spa hosted a recent successful networking event 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 shared exciting new developments happening within the 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 upon which capitalisation was needed, including the gig economy, remote working, co-working, sustainability, tourism and artificial intelligence as well as all the positives Ballinasloe has to offer in terms of community and business.
Mark McGovern, Manager of the ‘Irelands Hidden Heartlands’, showcased the Fáilte Ireland region brand, noting the best of what the inland counties had to offer which it is hoped will provide opportunities for local businesses.
Ciaran McAlary from Ryan Hanley Engineers, who are responsible for 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 milner, Ana Victoria Mulcahy, who shared their success stories and experiences of starting a new business venture within the town.