Newcastle West bidding to win National Enterprise Town title

Norma Prendiville

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Newcastle West bidding to win National Enterprise Town title

Newcastle West is one of 90 towns shortlisted for this year’s Bank of Ireland sponsored competition

NEWCASTLE West put its best foot forward on Thursday in a bid to claim the title of National Enterprise Town.

It is one of 90 towns shortlisted for this year’s Bank of Ireland sponsored competition  which carries a total prize fund of €157,000.

The competition aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.Tralee won the title last year.

The judges arrived in Newcastle West for the three-hour judging session which was broken down into a 30-minute presentation by the town, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session. Twenty minutes are then allowed for the judges to meet people socially, followed by 80 minutes to visit and view key initiatives selected by the organising committee. The judging session ends with a 20-minute slot for comments and wrap-up.

Preparations for the competition were going on in Newcastle West for several weeks and included an opening five-minute film of the town.  

Representatives from the Development Association, Chamber of Commerce, Business Association and others prepared presentations putting  forward the strongest possible case for the town.