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June 01, 2012

Athy Network Morning launch a great success

 North Kildare Chamber North Kildare Chamber hosted the first of their fortnightly network mornings in Athy this morning.  This follows the success of their weekly network mornings in Maynooth and Naas.  The Chamber has several members in Athy and its surrounding areas and was delighted to see 19 local businesses attend this first event.

Allan Shine of North Kildare Chamber said today “It was great to see an excellent attendance and a very positive meeting, we are hoping that this will continue and we hope to see more businesses attend as businesses find it very worthwhile”.

Vivian Cummins, a local architect said ““I initially joined the North Kildare Chamber in order to access their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training without having to travel to Dublin. CPD is now a legal requirement for most professions and I availed of a fantastic CPD workshop on E-tendering and Public Procurement methods that was held recently in Clane.

Through that engagement I came across their Strategic Plan 2012-2015 for County Kildare which was launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at Punchestown last month. This sets out a very clear vision for achievable business development targets for the next three years. I strongly believe that Athy needs to be part of this county-wide initiative and to ensure that the town gets to benefit from some of the proposed services to business such as the incubation hub for Kildare start-up businesses.

Athy has languished for years and it now needs this organisation to assist business in the locality. Perhaps its future salvation will come from seeing a bigger picture and embracing the real potential for development and growth that exists within our county.

One of the best things about attending the first Athy network meeting was to be surrounded by people with a positive attitude which is unfortunately all too rare in the current economic climate.” Vivian concluded.

George O’Neill from Elite Maintenance, a local Athy business said “This was a great start and I hope to see more local businesses attend.  Athy needs an active network group and I am delighted that North Kildare Chamber is hosting the mornings”
“North Kildare Chamber will continue to serve its members and provide the courses, seminars and events which is helping business throughout the county”, Allan Shine concluded.