Longford Chamber of Commerce has an exciting year ahead in 2014. Of course the vibrancy and viability of the Chamber in the coming year is all about our members.
Although the last few years have presented many difficulties for Longford business the Chamber has endeavoured to assist our members in a variety of ways. Initiatives such as the Streetscape Enhancement Scheme with Longford Tidy Towns, The Business Expo that was held in the vacant Town Centre unit and the 12/12/12 shop local Christmas campaign were all aimed at highlighting the positive message that Longford is open for business.
Last year we coordinated a number of positive ventures including the St. Patrick’s Festival, which ran over a three-day period, hosting the An Post RAS in town on May 19th & 20th and the establishment of the pro-business Security Text Alert. We have had a very positive response to the Security Text Alert, which is a retail version of the highly successful Community Text Alert initiative, but like all of our initiatives it is about the input of the members and all of us working together as a business community.
The Chamber was also delighted to have been involved with the St Mel International Festival. The Mel Festival was an event that Longford hosted as part of the national Gathering initiative. It was unique Longford celebration centring around St Mel’s legacy in Longford and particularly St Mel’s Cathedral. The weekend was targeted the worldwide conservation and restoration community and enjoyed a great public response. Longford Chamber of Commerce took part in the hosting of a very successful Breakfast Budget Briefing. The morning was organised by AIB Midlands Business, RSM Farrell, Grant, Sparks and Longford Chamber of Commerce.
However past efforts are in the past and the Chamber is a forward looking body. We would like to instigate a number of projects and events in 2014. Already this year we have hosted the St Patrick’s Day Parade and a couple of information presentations for th public.
Also on the agenda for the coming year is a Trade Mission to Target Markets, Administrating Canal Culvert Repair with RCAG and to engaged in another Christmas Shopping Campaign.
We hope to make 2014 a much bigger success story for the Chamber of Commerce and business within the county. To do this we hope that you will contact us with suggestions on what you would like The Chamber either through this, our website, or our facebook page.