North Kildare Chamber hosted the first of their fortnightly network mornings in Athy last Thursday, May 31.
The Chamber has several members in Athy and its surrounding areas, and 19 local businesses attended the first event. They have also hosted network mornings in Maynooth and Naas.
Allan Shine of North Kildare Chamber said: “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.”
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.”