Pat Ó Súilleabháin, the newly elected President of Bray Chamber of Commerce, says Chamber members’ views will be at the heart of his vision for the future.
To build economic strength in Bray and North Wicklow, he insists a strong and engaged membership is crucial.
“This should include the large businesses on the outskirts of the town. We also need to put effective communications channels in place for members so we can harness their energies and ideas. Who knows better than the members themselves?”
To this end the new President has already started going out to meet members in order to better understand their needs.
Priorities highlighted by members so far include attracting greater footfall, improved traffic flow, networking and making Bray a business and retail beacon for the wider area.
“Based on this engagement exercise, we will review and adapt the services that we provide to make them more relevant for business operators in Bray and North Wicklow.”
He highlights that all of this informs the mission of the Chamber, which he says might be best described as follows:
“To support our members to achieve the success that enhances the economic success of Bray and North Wicklow. This will be delivered by acting as a key influencer, through communication, networking, representation and lobbying.”
“The deeper the engagement with members, the more we will be recognised as the authentic voice of business, the partner of choice for those agencies that wish to engage with business, and to provide relevant services for a growing membership. It will also enhance the quality and added value of membership”
He explains that quality relationships with both members and key partners at local, county, and national level will be critical to achieve this recognition.
Ó’Súilleabháin is committed to building on the successful work of outgoing President Mick Glynn and his predecessors. “They have achieved phenomenal results for the town, especially given the reduced membership following the downturn.”
“I am committed to providing inspiring leadership, and to delivering outstanding customer service to ensure our members grow and succeed in a vibrant Bray and North Wicklow community.”
Born in Sligo, to a French mother and Irish father, Pat Ó Súilleabháin has been a resident of Bray for the past 27 years.
Having started his career in restaurant management over 35 years ago, working in the service sector for most of that time (with a 9 year break to rear his children). For the past 15 years he has been General Manager of SEA LIFE in Bray, developing it into the most successful indoor attraction in Wicklow. As part of the business community, he has been actively involved in the Bray Seafront Traders Association, Bray Tourism, the Bray Economic Think Tank, Wicklow Tourism and the Wicklow Economic Think Tank, as well as Bray & District Chamber of Commerce.
He is married to Bairbre, and has 3 adult children (Niall, Maebh and Brian)
In his spare time, he is a national officer in Scouting Ireland. He enjoys cycling and swimming to stay fit as well as reading and listening to rock music when he gets a chance!