Kinsale Retailers honoured by Cork County Mayor

Kinsale Retailers complete the Beacon Retail Programme, pictured here with Cllr. Alan Coleman, Mayor of Cork County Council

Kinsale Retailers complete the Beacon Retail Programme, pictured here with Cllr. Alan Coleman, Mayor of Cork County Council

The Cork County Councils Beacon Retail Programme has successfully concluded for 15 Kinsale based retailers. The Beacon Retail Programme, commenced in the town on the 25 February and all of the participants turned out to be presented with their certificates in Actons Hotel on Thursday 21 May 2015.

During their time on the Programme, retailers worked with Elmer Kerr, an experienced retail professional and Padraig O Sullivan, Beacon Programme Manager. Elmer and his team of industry experts helped the participants to identify the challenges their business were facing and a strategic working document was them compiled and implemented by each business owner. This strategic plan will now provide the framework for growing the business over the next 12 – 18 months.

The Beacon Retail Programme is heavily funded by the Cork County Council 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 and making expert recommendations to assist them in taking their business to the next level.

“We are delighted with the feedback we have received from retailers here in Kinsale” commented Padraig O Sullivan, Beacon Programme Manager. “The Beacon Retail programme is tailored around the individual needs of each participants and our industry experts are very familiar with the challenges faced by retailers in Ireland today”.

Speaking after the event, Celestine McCoy, a Kinsale based Milliner and owner of Hattitude said “I found the retail programme fantastic! I learned so much over the past few months and I especially enjoyed the group workshops – it’s a great way to discuss ideas and learn from each other and it also helps promote stronger links between the businesses in the town.”

The Beacon Retail programme is going from strength to strength and In addition to Kinsale, the Beacon Retail Programme has now been rolled out to 11 towns across Cork County including Macroom, Fermoy, Dunmanway, Carrigaline and Youghal. 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 email Padraig.osullivan@corkcoco.ie.