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TilenStyle Carlow is a family run business situated at Shamrock Business Park Graiguecullen Carlow. Trading since 2002, it has expanded over the years to become one of the most impressive showrooms in the South East.

Bernard Horohan and his four employees personally source the best products from around the world, thus enabling them to give the best prices to their customers.

They stock a huge range of kitchen floor tiles, kitchen wall tiles and bathroom tiles. TilenStyle has an impressive display of bathroom ware, baths, showers, mirrors and accessories. Not only that but they also offer a full refurbishment and design package from start to finish using qualified tradesmen.

Within the TilenStyle showroom you will also find their unique Independent Mobility Products, which started over two years ago selling scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, riser/recliner chairs and many other less abled products.

TilenStyle has always been associated with the local community and many charitable organisations. The company mission is fundamentally the same since Bernard set out in 2002, being dedicated to supplying the finest quality products, the best customer service and delivering excellent value to all their customers.


Shamrock Business Park


Tel: 059 9132767


Carlow Does Well in Sports Capital Allocations

Congratulations to all the local organisations who have been approved funding under the Sports Capital Funding Programme.

A total of €545,156 has been shared out among 21 local organisations.

And it seems Carlow has done exceptionally well pro rata with other counties on a population basis. We may in fact have received the highest pro rata allocation of all the 26 counties. Now there's a first!

This is a welcome development as counties like Carlow have fared poorly in the past.

Many of these grants will be used to improve facilities across the county and will result in providing construction work and local spend across the County.

Askea Karate CLub €​6,500.00

Ballon Karate Club €​1,800.00

Ballymurphy Hall Ltd €​30,000.00

Carlow Cricket Club €​14,000.00

Carlow Dragon Boat Club €​9,356.00

Carlow Gymnastics Club €​10,000.00

Carlow/Graiguecullen Subaqua Club €​40,000.00

Cuchulainn Rounders Club €​2,000.00

Fighting Cocks GFC €​70,000.00

Hanover Harps FC €​60,000.00

Leighlin Parish Sports Grounds Development Committee €​50,000.00

Mount Leinster Rangers GAA Club €​10,000.00

O'Hanrahans GFC €​80,000.00

Old Leighlin Community Support Ltd. €​50,000.00

Rathvilly GAA Club €​30,000.00

Setanta GAA Ceatharlach €​7,000.00

Tinryland G.F.C. €​20,000.00

Tullow Active Retirement Association €​2,500.00

Tullow Amateur Boxing Club €​8,000.00

Tullow RFC €​30,000.00

Vale Wanderers Football Club €​14,000.00

South East Business Survey

Further signs that the domestic market in the South East continues to improve, albeit slowly, are
evidenced by the fact that nearly two-thirds of businesses are reporting improved customer
activity in the last 6 months. As a result, 59% of businesses expect sales to be better this year
than last and around one in four expects to employ more people by the end of the year. These
good bits of news are the key findings of the latest South East Business Confidence Study.

The hotels / restaurants / tourism sector will see the biggest increase in employment with 38%
of businesses expecting to hire more - followed by financial services (32%) and construction
(30%). However, businesses in all sectors are broadly positive about sales this year. In fact,
almost 1 in 5 businesses claim their recovery is "well-established".

Commenting on the results, John Gilsenan, Managing Director of Market Dynamics, stated:
"the steady improvement in the business environment is continuing and the fact that the
transport and distribution sector is so positive is yet another indicator that the domestic
market is literally "moving" again. As we would expect, increased employment will
follow well behind increased sales as spare capacity is likely to exist at the moment. One
concern is that though all sectors are showing positive signs, nonetheless, there is a
proportion of businesses in every sector whose sales are still falling and for whom the
improving business environment has not been sufficient to turn the tide. For many of
these, you would have to worry about their future prospects".

Some interesting findings in this Market Dynamics survey

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Have you registered for the Business Picnic yet??

Duckett's Grove Castle will be the venue for the 2nd Business Picnic being held on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 hosted by Carlow & Wexford Local Enterprise Offices and partners. The Business Picnic provides an important opportunity for the local, regional and national business community to come together and celebrate their successes, hear stories from their peers and to promote themselves by networking in an informal setting, building new relationships with over 250 enterprises who will be in attendance.

Rick O'Shea from 2FM helped launch the event and is host for this year's picnic which features award winning comedian Eric Lalor and a panel of 8 business people who will share their business stories. Speaking about the event , Head of Local Enterprise for the Local Enterprise Office in Carlow Kieran Comerford said "Local Enterprise Office Networking Events are popular and lively events which generate much interest from businesses and make a real difference in terms of making connections that make business happen".

This year the event is in association with Carlow Network of Enterprising Women, Write on Track, KLCK Blogger Network, VISUAL, Bank of Ireland, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Sign Management Services, IT Carlow, Red Oak Tax Refunds, Department of Social Protection (Intreo and EURES), Carlow Chamber, Carlow Tourism and Carlow County Childcare Committee.

All businesses, owner managers and their key staff are invited to attend this event which is free of charge, please contact the Local Enterprise Office in Carlow on 059/9130880 or e-mail with your name and company details,

New EU Commission President Must Support Growth of the European Economy

Chambers Ireland has joined our colleagues in Eurochambres in calling on the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to focus on the EU’s economic recovery and growth.

Eurochambres President, Richard Weber, commented “The Commission’s initiatives can prove the difference between success or failure for the millions of businesses that are so crucial to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. That is why the new President needs to oversee significant improvements and changes. Commission policies must be developed in a coherent way and systematically contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. Proposals must be based on sound arguments and robust evidence and implementation by member states must be monitored according to a genuine zero tolerance approach.”

To achieve more tangible progress than in the previous administration, Chambers Ireland and Eurochambres have stressed the need for a 2014-19 Commission that is:

· Bigger on the big thingsdriving the completion of the internal market, proving a strong player on the global stage and overseeing the effective delivery of a revitalised Europe 2020 growth strategy;

· Smaller on the small things – refraining from legislating if other policy tools are preferable, minimising regulatory burdens and respecting the principle of subsidiarity;

· Transparent, coherent and effective – with better coordination between Directorates-General and a joined up approach that reflects the overarching objective of sustainable economic growth, a stronger focus on evidence-based policy making and the enhanced involvement of stakeholders.

Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said "The work of the European Commission is vital to Ireland. Every year, a range of directives are passed down to Irish lawmakers that have a direct impact on business. We urge the Government to ‘go smaller on the small things’ and ensure no gold plating of EU legislation which would further increase the already heavy regulatory burden on Irish businesses.

Looking for Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneurs

If you are aged 30 and under with an outstanding idea/commercial venture for a start-up or existing business then you should enter the IBYE Competition. Almost any young person with a business idea can enter this competition. It doesn’t matter what your background is. Maybe you have been to University and researched a business idea, maybe you have always wanted to be your own boss, maybe you are an existing young entrepreneur, maybe you have an idea to improve your existing business or maybe you want to return home and set up your business in Ireland?

It doesn’t matter what you want to do all that matters is you have a good business idea that works.

Apply here