Major events provide big opportunity for Meath Chamber’

Story by Ann Casey

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019 4:18pm

Major events provide big opportunity for  Meath Chamber’

The Leinster Fleadh Cheoil and the international Halloween Festival are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Meath this year and County Meath Chamber will be putting its best foot forward to ensure a good spin off for local businesses.

Following a tremendously busy 2018, County Meath Chamber is preparing for a busy year ahead, promoting Meath as the “number one place to live, grow and prosper in business.”
“Meath Chamber will be fully supporting the exciting series of national cultural events scheduled this year in the Boyne Valley to ensure they generate a good spin off for business in the region,” says CEO, Paula McCaul.
“Athboy will host the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil in July and the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil will returns to Drogheda for a second year in August 2019 bringing 500,000 visitors and €40million benefit to the local economy.
“Fáilte Ireland recently announced a €4m investment in a new large scale international Halloween Festival set to attract 100,000 visitors to the Boyne Valley, celebrating the origins of Samhain/Halloween. This new festival is expected to generate €12 million in tourism revenue for the region.
“Festivals and events of this scale and projected return are very welcome and necessary, especially for those operating in tourism and hospitality sector coping with increase in VAT, the minimum wage and employers PRSI. I wish to congratulate all involved.”
Ms McCaul pointed the chamber will also be rolling out their annual events such as the Chamber Golf Classic, the Purple Flag in Navan and the presidents dinner, all of which can be viewed and booked online at www.countymeathchamber.ie/.
“This year our focus is on competitiveness,” she says. “Collaboration is key and I will be working closely with our business members, key stakeholders and agencies in the region to drive County Meath forward as the number one place to live, grow and prosper in business.”
County Meath Chamber host as many as 50 events per year including seminars, conferences, exhibitions, HR round table events, training days, workshops, bi-weekly business breakfasts and monthly business lunches with key note speakers.
“We are proud to collaborate with LEO Meath to deliver a series of Women in Business Seminars and Brexit themed events along with numerous other opportunities for training and upskilling throughout the year.
“Our annual schedule of events is delivered to inform and educate. Each event includes a networking breakout opportunity, whereby members can network and learn more about each other’s businesses. We encourage members to attend as many events as possible during the year and invite feedback on topics/speakers that may interest members. Full details on upcoming events plus information on the benefits of joining County Meath Chamber are available on our website www.countymeathchamber.ie”
She says Meath Chamber is open for business and is there to support loca business, The historic three story Chamber House in Navan has been completely renovated and is open to the public 9.30am-5pm Monday – Friday, offering dedicated support to business on a range of topics, as well as Certified Export Documentation, conferencing and seminar spaces, meeting rooms and hot desk facilities, which can be book online at www.meathchamber.ie or by calling 046 9046060.

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