Greystones has been announced as runner-up in the Leinster region of the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town Awards in the ‘over 7,000 population’ category.
The Greystones 2020 team made a presentation in the Whale Theatre to three judges in September, and included every aspect of the Greystones enterprising spirit in the business, voluntary and residential communities.
Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear described how he enjoyed doing business and living in the town, while George Jones reflected on the importance of the annual La Touche Legacy festival of history, and the importance the community places on valuing the heritage of the town.
Adam Kelly from the South Beach (SoBe) Pavilion, and a member of the 2020 executive, described the entrepreneurial spirit in the town.
Paul Byrne from the Greystones Guide noted the level of support his website has and the importance of online presence for the town. He also welcomed the fact that he would be working with the new 2020 initiated website www.greystones.ie.
The judges heard that Greystones has much to be proud of. It has the lowest retail vacancy units in Ireland, while a huge amount of residential development is taking place along with the continued development of the Harbour.
Following the presentation, a bus brought the judges around the town to view the work to date, such as the potential of the IDA land, the SoBe Pavilion, the range of sports clubs, and a walk and chat with retailers.
Gráinne McLoughlin, Chairperson of Greystones 2020 and MC for the event, said: “Greystones 2020 has a clear aim to make waves by taking a holistic approach to the community. Together we aim to bring together all sectors of the community to improve amenities and services and to maximise the potential of the town.”
“Our objectives are to continue to develop pride of place in the community, protect existing business and employment, and support the creation of new enterprise and positive development,” she added.