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Bizfest 2014

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Lord Bagenal Hotel, November 26th 11.45am - 3.00pm

A free event called ‘Bizfest’ aimed at helping Irish companies to develop their networks and expand their business in 2015 is coming up later this month in County Carlow.


Now in its second year Bizfest 2014 hosted by the Carlow County Council - Local Enterprise Office & Bank of Ireland will be held on 26th November 2014 in the Lord Bagenal Hotel , Leighlinbridge. Bizfest aims to provide an opportunity for owners managers and their key staff across Ireland to make connections while immersing themselves in the experience, entrepreneurial spirit and stories of entrepreneurs like David Walsh of Netwatch , Gerard Kennan of Kennan's , Padraig O Ceidig founder of Aer Arann and International speaker and author Joanne Hession of QED. Joining the panel this year is also 10 time All Ireland Hurling Champion Henry Shefflin who will share his story of what it takes to stay ahead of curve in life , business and sport. The event is hosted by Dragons Den presenter Richard Curran and was attended by over 250 businesses in 2013. This years event is being held in Leighlinbridge on 26th November 2014 and is being held in association with Carlow Chamber, Netwatch & Kennan's.

Business Watch takes initial steps

Building on the open night last Wednesday, the Carlow Business Watch committee are now taking steps to develop the scheme in Carlow.

With a database already in place, the Gardai in Carlow are now in a position to send out information to retailers in town if any criminal or suspicious activity has been reported to the station.

This scheme will be done by Text Alert and it is hoped that all retailers will report any activity they deem worthy of sharing with the business community, to the local Gardai. The Gardai will then in turn report this information back out via text.

With Christmas on the way, Carlow Business Watch will be free to all retailers in town until January. If you would like to report any information to Business Watch or to be added to the database, then you can do so by contacting Carlow Gardai on 059-9131505.


To keep updated on any Business Watch activity, you can do so here.

Jones Business Systems Annual Christmas Event

Due to popular demand JBS will be hosting their annual Christmas Event in both Carlow and Kilkenny stores. The event in the Carlow store will take place on Wednesday 26th November from 6pm-9pm, while it will take place in their Kilkenny store on Wednesday 3rd December from 6pm-9pm.


This is a great opportunity to make an early start to your Christmas shopping and save up to 50% in the process. As always light refreshments will be served on the night and fantastic spot prizes to be won!

Signs of Recovery but ‘Boom time’ debts still hampering SME Growth

Co. Carlow Chamber has today (13/11/14) said that the latest report from the Credit Review Office shows that the recovery of Ireland’s SME sector is gaining momentum.

SMEs whose cases were reviewed by the CRO are more optimistic about their future, and with many predicting increases in turnover and profitability, they are aiming to grow.


Speaking this morning, John Brophy, President, Co. Carlow Chamber said “The entrance of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, and eventually PTSB, to the SME lending market will add to the various credit facilities already on offer from the banks, and help support this renewed growth amongst SMEs.”


“However, there is still a significant group of SMEs who are unable to invest in order to grow. These businesses are hampered by debt they took on during the boom years, and whose main focus is now on refinancing or paying down these debts. This is in many ways a lost opportunity for Ireland’s economic recovery, as these businesses would under normal economic conditions be in a position to expand, grow their profits, and take on new employees,” he concluded.