New chamber president welcomes shop local initiative

In a move to promote shopping local, a Mullingar company has launched a new website to boost business for the county. And the new president of the Chamber of Commerce, Julie Magan, has welcomed the move calling the new intitiative “a wonderful idea”.

The well-known local business woman and entrepreneur, who is the driving force behind the popular Ilia range of coffee shops and restaurants, said that, the brainchild of Brywest Enterprises, was a great idea.

“It is encouraging that people are supporting local businesses in the local community,” she said.

The revelation of the new initiative comes only days after Cllr Aidan Davitt urged the county council to roll out a Buy Westmeath scheme to encourage people to shop locally.

Features of the new site include the latest news from around the county, a free calendar where anyone can add their upcoming event, and an option to request information for free from local doctors and experts.

On top of that there are voucher schemes, exclusive offers, and details of all the best deals available from businesses around the county. was launched at the start of June and has already created a stir thoughout the county with more than 8,000 visitors logging on and more than 12,000 pages open.

Some of the best known businesses in town are taking advantage of to great effect, including SuperValu, Cocoon, and The Skin & Laser Clinic.

The brains behind the venture, Shaun Bryson, managing director of Brywest Enterprises, said: “I wanted to create a website that would help promote the county and shopping local. The local community has been extremely positive about this new venture and our member numbers are growing on a daily basis.

“We really want to encourage people to shop local by showcasing what is on offer on their doorstep, the value available, and ease of purchase.”



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