The future looks bright for Wexford business
Established business owners and young entrepreneurs alike joined together for the Wexford Enterprise Town Event recently and they all had their sights set on one thing - the future.
The two day event in Clayton Whites Hotel saw a medley of local business owners, sportspeople, students and local charities come along to discuss Wexford's potential and showcase what they have to offer.
The event kicked off with a Business Expo on Friday. While 120 business owners took to their stands, several other people took to the mic for a panel discussion led by Karl Fitzpatrick on 'How Wexford businesses can capitalise on economic recovery'. One person on the panel was Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Tom Enright, who highlighted the role of a university in Wexford's economic future. Blaise Brosnan, Managing Director for Management Resource Institute Wexford also spoke to the crowds about what makes a successful business.
'The success of business depends on people. It is people within the environment that make a difference,' he said.
Blaise also acknowledged the entrepreneurs of the future saying:
'There are some brilliant young people coming through but they will need mentoring,' he said. 'It's the people and leaders who will guide.'
Flying the flag for these young people was Richard Murphy, founder of online mental health treatment programme My Mood and Me. Richard was the winner of the Best Idea category in the Regional Final of the Best Young Entrepreneur competition 2015. He had some words of advice for budding entrepreneurs.
'As long as you put yourself out there enough, people will support you.'
The positive sentiments were echoed by the exhibitors. Founder of Exercise, Excellence and Excitement Jenny Higgins said that the event was very beneficial to her.
'I only set up in September,' explained the 23-year-old from Piercestown. 'It's great to come here to interact with others and see how they do things.'
Among the dozens of stalls were several transition year mini companies. CBS students Aaron Walsh, David Corish and Cormac Monaghan showcased their innovative bowtie business.
'Students our age go to balls. Bowties are too dear for them in town,' explained Aaron. 'People are loving them. It's great for us as it gives us experience of what owning a business is like.'
The Sport and Community Expo on Saturday saw many high profile sportspeople and pubic figures share their knowledge with visitors. Guests included boxer Dean Walsh, footballer Kevin Doyle, and Senior camogie player Mags Darcy. Crowds were also kept entertained by demos from local clubs and organisations as well as performances from the Sarsfields GAA club .
The event was organised by Bank of Ireland in association with Wexford Business community.