Spirit of enterprise is strong in Kilkenny, three areas nominated for national award
THREE Kilkenny towns are hoping to grab their share of a coveted prize after been nominated for a prestigious national enterprise and development award.
Kilkenny city, Callan, and the KBK Village Renewal Group – consisting of Knocktopher, Ballyhale and Knockmoylan – will battle it out against towns from across the country for the 2019 National Enterprise Town Awards.
The awards recognise areas that bring business and community groups together, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
A total prize fund of almost €200,000 will be shared by 41 towns, including the overall national winner and the winner of the “Rising Star” category.
All the nominees have been put forward by local authorities or recommended by the public.
Since the inaugural National Enterprise Town Awards in 2016, 104 towns, urban areas and villages across the country will have shared €500,000 in funding to invest in their community.
Commenting on this year’s nominees, JJ Keyes, Head of Bank of Ireland for Kilkenny said: “It’s fantastic to see Kilkenny represented in this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards. Enabling communities and business to thrive is at the heart of what we do at Bank of Ireland and the National Enterprise Town Awards are a chance for us to recognise and reward the spirit of enterprise in towns across the country.”
The awards are part of Bank of Ireland’s €1.2 million investment in enterprise development within communities across Ireland this year