Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce Review
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The following is just a brief synopsis of another extremely busy and productive year for Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce.
Officers For 2012/2013:
The President of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce is Seamus Browne (Seamus Browne Auctioneers) the Treasurer is Liam McGrath, (Liam McGrath & Co), and the Secretary is Brian King (Roscrea Credit Union Limited.)
Seamus Browne took over as President of the Chamber from John Guilfoyle in November. John served as President for three years and he thanked the Chamber Secretary, Brian King for all his support during that time. Brian King said that John Guilfoyle had dedicated a tremendous amount of his own personal time to the Chamber. The Secretary said it was unfortunate in some ways that John was President during three of the most difficult years in the country’s history. That said the Chamber Secretary said that the Chamber was in safe hands during that period and that John Guilfoyle had embraced the role attending many meetings and achieving a lot during his term as President most notably the Roscrea “ a great place to do business” brochure which is making its way around the globe and will hopefully attract more business interest in the town of Roscrea.
Meeting With Sinn Féin TD
Chamber delegates John Guilfoyle, Michael Madden and Brian King met with Sinn Féin TD, Mary Lou McDonald and local representative Seamus Morris during the summer. The meeting focused on a number of issues. Of particular concern to the Chamber are the difficulties facing small businesses. The Sinn Féin TD agreed with many of the Chamber’s arguments which focused on rates and incentives for local businesses. The Chamber also discussed the more or less abandoned Taro Pharmaceutical Plant in Roscrea. The Chamber are asking for a replacement industry for Taro Pharmaceuticals and believe no stone should be left unturned with regards filling the vacant site and bringing new jobs to Roscrea. The Chamber also informed the Dail representative of their frustration regarding the vacant twenty six acre Shannon Development Business and Technology Park which lies vacant on the outskirts of town.
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce has requested a meeting with Dr Vincent Cunnane, the CEO of Shannon Development to discuss the implications regarding the future of Shannon Development and how they will affect Roscrea. With a fully serviced twenty six acre business and technology park ready for occupancy in Roscrea it is vital for Roscrea that companies are familiarised with the site and convinced to invest in Roscrea.
Roscrea Town Enhancement Group
Chamber Secretary and Chairman of the Town Enhancement Group, Brian King, has worked hard to help bring the plan to fruition. The Secretary is also working hard to make sure a project officer is put in place to help the town deliver on the various objectives of the plan.
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce Secretary Brian King tried last September to get the Council to purchase the Convent building and grounds for the people of Roscrea. Despite the great merit and the momentum that the Secretary’s proposal received the funds necessary to purchase the complex in these harsh economic times were not available. The Chamber is now trying to work with the new owner to help ensure trees and certain areas of the complex that are sacred to Roscrea are protected.
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce is calling on all businesses to acknowledge the tremendous work carried out each year by Roscrea Tidy Towns. This small committee of dedicated voluntary people make the biggest positive difference to our town each year. It would be frightening to think of Roscrea without such an active Tidy Towns committee. The Chamber would like to thank Brian Colclough for sponsoring and caring for the hanging baskets which make such a great difference on Main Street. While some members of the Tidy Towns committee are disappointed that the increase in marks again this year in the National competition was not more, the reality is, Roscrea never looked as well as it did this summer and in this regard the Tidy Towns Committee deserves tremendous praise. Discussions took place as to how the Chamber could help more with the effort and it is hoped that if the Chamber can formulate some ideas into an action plan that the business community will be supportive.
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce would like to congratulate Roscrea Tennis Club for the great success that they have enjoyed in their first year at their new location. The club is also investigating a number of new developments which is very positive.
Congratulations to all those involved in the Roscrebeo and the Taste of Roscrea Christmas Festival. Both events deserve great praise.
Get Well Soon Jo Jo
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce would also like to send its best wishes to Jo Jo Cunningham who is very ill at the moment. Jo Jo is a wonderful supporter of the Chamber and for the past number of years has immersed herself in many different projects. Without doubt Jo Jo is one of the hardest working volunteers in the town. Her leadership has inspired many and the outpouring of sadness on her recent illness is testament to the respect she has. The Chamber wishes Jo Jo a speedy recovery. Roscrea can’t afford to be without people like Jo Jo Cunningham.
Roscrea Chamber has represented & lobbied on behalf of local businesses on many issues for over thirty years. This has been of particular importance given the fact that Roscrea has been without its own Town Council during this time. While often open to criticism the reality is the Chamber does give Roscrea a serious voice particularly with the local authority and all this work is done voluntary by a small number of committed individuals. Over the last few months the Chamber has launched Roscrea’s first business brochure aimed primarily at encouraging investment into our town. The Chamber continues to work with groups like Tidy Towns and Roscrea Heritage Society with regards increasing our tourism potential. The Chamber Secretary the Chamber President and Chamber delegates serve on various voluntary committees where they always try to ensure Roscrea gets proper recognition and the support
As a voluntary organisation, without funding, Roscrea Chamber depends solely on its members for its survival. The Chamber is actively looking for new members to get involved and they are encouraging their current loyal members to stay committed to the Chamber. The Chamber appreciates that we are all working in harsh economic times and in this regard they have cut the annual subscription rate by over 30% meaning that your membership is now just €95.00.
To raise any item on the Chamber agenda or to become a part of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, please contact Chamber Secretary Brian King in Roscrea Credit Union (0505) 23601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Your support, contributions and suggestions are more than welcome.