Ballincollig in running for two Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019

Ballincollig has been shortlisted in two categories of this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019. The town is shortlisted in the categories for Urban Village/ Area and also the prestigious Rising Star Award.
The competition aims to promote local economies by bringing business and community groups together to showcase the spirit of enterprise at work. Ballincollig Business Association and Ballincollig Tidy Towns will welcome the judging committee to the town on Friday, 13th September from 9:00am where a special itinerary has been drawn up to showcase Ballincollig.
The morning’s events will commence with a presentation in CastleWest Shopping Centre, where the judges will get to meet a number of local businesses along with local dignitaries and representatives. The proceedings then move to the Community Centre where a number of community groups will highlight the work that they do locally.
The judges will be brought on a tour of the thriving town, finishing on a high with a visit to Regional Park to hear about how this unique amenity is used by all in Ballincollig.
Ballincollig is one of 72 towns from around the country taking part this year, who will also be judged on the extent and range of businesses, innovation and new technologies, social enterprises, the attractiveness of the town, partnerships with stakeholders and overall community support. 
Emer Cassidy, Chairperson of the Ballincollig Business Association said: “We’re delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to showcase Ballincollig and the people that contribute to making it a great town to live and work in. We were part of the competition last year and it really brought community groups and businesses together with a real sense of enthusiasm and energy. It’s a great reminder of the tremendous work that is done by everyone in the town from the Tidy Towns committee to individual groups and clubs. We’re also absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in the Rising Star category as well, which is a great achievement.”
The judging for the Rising Star award is done separately and will take place on 1st October.