MOUNTMELLICK will represent the county in this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Competition.
Other towns have previously represented Laois in this competition and have set very high standards, which Mountmellick now hopes to maintain.
Having submitted the application, Mountmellick Development Association has been asked to co-ordinate the planning and execution of the event.
Event co-ordinator Paddy Buggy said he would like as many businesses, community groups and social enterprises as possible to take part.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the town and all of our wonderful achievements and initiatives to date,” he said.
Judging for the competition takes place on Thursday 20 September between 11am and 2pm, when three judges will visit the town. Proceedings get underway in the Forum Hostel with a 30-minute presentation by five speakers. It will consisting of an overview of Mountmellick, what is involved in setting up a new business in the town, being a national winner, foreign investment in the town, future sustainability and developments like the digital hub.
This will be followed by a questions and answers session, where members of the community will reply to queries posed by the judges. The judges will then be invited to make some chocolates in Cocoa Couture, one of Mountmellick’s newest businesses.
The three judges will then be brought on a walk around town to meet local business owners and groups. Three local people will accompany each judge on a separate route and will inform them about the different business initiatives, the historic aspects and community initiatives.
Following the tour, all will assemble at Hares Corner for a final wrap-up presentation and some light refreshments.
This event is backed by the business support unit of Laois County Council and the local Bank of Ireland. In addition, Ger O’Mahony from Laois County Council has been co-ordinating with the Tidy Towns, anglers, the community employment scheme, council staff and cllr Paddy Bracken to ensure the town is looking its best.
“The event is about showcasing all that is good about Mountmellick. The 138 businesses, the 40-odd community organisations, the rich heritage and the plans for some very exciting initiatives, which are currently being formulated,” concluded Mr Buggy.