Tallaght aiming for top prize in national enterprise competition

Tallaght is up against some of it’s Dublin neighbours in a competition to find Ireland’s most enterprising town with more than €100,000 in prize money up for grabs.

The prize on offer is the title of Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town Winner 2017 and Tallaght among 78 entries from 31 local/city authority areas vying to be crowned .

By entering the National Enterprising Town Awards Competition, each town/city village/urban area has an opportunity to present their town in the best possible light.

Here in Dublin, Tallaght is competing with The Liberties, Ballymun, the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire, Sandyford, Blackrock, Rush, Malahide, and Rathcoole in various categories which will include regional runner-up, regional winner, city award, merit awards, national category winners and the overall national winner.

With a total prize fund of €110,000, over 30 cash prizes will be awarded to various winners. The overall winning town, city village or urban area will be awarded total prize money of €23,000, a trophy and the prestigious title of Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town 2017.

The judging panel will visit each of the local organising committees from late August through to mid-October with the winners announced at an awards ceremony in November.

The judges will consider a range of factors which demonstrate enterprising spirit and success including local enterprise initiatives, business groups, innovations in the community and social enterprises.

They will look at the attractiveness of the town including welcome signage, appearance, parking and accessibility.

They will also examine collaboration with local councils and agencies, joint initiatives between businesses, diaspora engagement and twinning, while town leadership and innovative forward thinking and planning to support enterprise development are all important dynamics.

Colin Kingston, Bank of Ireland, Dublin Provincial Director said:

“As Ireland’s Enterprise Bank, we recognise that SMEs, start-ups and community organisations are a significant driver of the overall prosperity of the city or county.”