Beacon Retail Programme concludes in Millstreet

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Millstreet Retailers with Padraig O Sullivan, Beacon Retail Programme Manager and David Madden of Madden Consulting

The Cork County Councils Beacon Retail Programme has successfully concluded for 14 Millstreet retailers. The Beacon Retail Programme, which is managed by Padraig O’ Sullivan commenced in the town in mid-April and all of the participants turned out to be presented with their certificates on Tuesday 9th September.

During their time on the Programme, Retailers had the opportunity to work with an industry expert who assisted them in identifying their greatest challenges and presented them with a tailored working document to assist in moving their business forward. The Beacon Retail Programme is heavily funded by the Cork County Councils Economic Development Fund and is designed to assist retailers in Cork county to revitalise and grow their business, by analysing all aspects of running a retail business, making expert recommendations and working on a 12 -18 month strategic plan to sustain and take their business to the next level.

“Once again we are delighted to see how the Beacon Retail Programme addresses the needs of retailers on a local level” commented Padraig O Sullivan, Beacon Programme Manager. “Having an industry expert visit the businesses and meet with the owners here in Millstreet means they have a clear picture of how they can offer the best support and advice to ensure their individual needs are addressed.”

Speaking at the event, Nigel Scouler of the Wallis Arms hotel said “The programme was very good, it improved our vision and awareness of our business, particularly in the sales and marketing aspect. It was short but intense and also promoted co-operation between the businesses of the town.”

“We found the overall experience very good, got some great ideas and felt we as a team learnt a lot from this, which has meant an increase in sales” commented the management team in Reen’s Pharmacy.

In addition to Millstreet, the Beacon Retail Programme has now been rolled out to several towns across Cork County including Charleville, Ballincollig, Dunmanway, Mitchelstown and Youghal and it is currently ongoing in Macroom, Castletownbere and Cobh. Further information on the Retail Programme can be found on www.beaconinitiative.net or by contacting Padraig O Sullivan on 021 4285140 / mobile 087-773 0019 or by email Padraig.osullivan@corkcoco.ie.