Environment, Community and Local Government Minister Phil Hogan has given his seal of approval to a new competition for fledgling businesses that is open to entrepreneurs from the Carrick-on-Suir area.
The Minister officially launched Piltown Community Enterprise’s “Start your own Business” Competition at Piltown GAA Complex last Friday evening.
This competition is part of an initiative being undertaken by the local community in conjunction with Piltown Community Enterprise to create employment in the area. It is open to entrepreneurs located within a 30 mile radius of Piltown.
The main sponsors of this project are Piltown GAA Club and Iverk Produce with assistance from Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and Kilkenny County Enterprise Board.
Eddie Blackmore of Piltown Community Enterprise welcomed the Minister and other distinguished guests to the launch of the competition.
He outlined the history of Piltown Community Enterprise and their past successes in job creation, before going on to announce details of their current plans.
Ned Quinn, secretary of Kilkenny County GAA Board, praised the initiative of Piltown GAA Club and local business people in sponsoring this venture to create new employment in Piltown. The effects of emigration have been felt most deeply in rural areas, he said.
Other speakers included Philip Walsh, Chairman of Piltown GAA Club, and Marie Fitzpatrick, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council.
Many representatives of local and national government attended the launch, including John Paul Phelan TD, Ann Phelan TD and local councillors.
Representatives from all the agencies offering support to set up businesses were also in attendance.
The competition has a prize fund of E25,000 including a cash prize of E10,000 and other supports for new businesses.