MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CHAMBER
Longford Chamber of Commerce has a proud history stretching over 65 years. It was founded in 1948, as Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd, to try to attract much needed inward investment to Longford. It’s first success was the Hirsch Ribbon Factory which opened at the bottom of the Battery Road in the early 1950’s. Distinguished past Presidents include Martin Timlin and former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.
The recent economic crash has seen Longford Chamber concentrating on measures to counteract the downturn. These have included a hugely successful Expo held in the vacant Longford Shopping Centre in May 2012, which saw 120 Longford companies exhibiting over 2 days and garnering national TV coverage. Longford Chamber also secured the first overnight stage of the RAS for Longford this year.
Apart from running the St Patrick’s Day Festival every year, Chamber is also actively involved with Longford Tidy Towns in major improvements to Longford’s Streetscape. Major inroads have been made in restoring derelict and vacant premises.
I have long realised that unless Longford does something for itself, nobody is going to do it for us. To this end, we have embarked on a project to produce a marketing package for Longford. This is being done in conjunction with DCU, CEB and the Longford Business Forum. Our aim is to be ready to visit targeted overseas potential inward investors in early autumn 2013. How interesting it is to see Longford Chamber going back to it’s founding purpose over 65 years ago!
We can only do these and many other activities with the support of the Longford Business Community. I urge all Longford businesses to continue supporting Longford Chamber and for those who have yet to join, please do so now. The bigger we are, the stronger we are.
Seamus Butler, President