Ezine Mar 16

Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced details of its ‘Get Involved – Longford 2016′ initiative.
On Saturday, April 16, they will hold  a ‘think tank’ session for all Longford town based groups, clubs and organisations. It will run from 10am to 4pm in Longford Rugby Club.
Looking head to the event, Chamber President, Fintan McGill, said: “The day long session will outline the Council’s Local Economic & Community Plan 2015-21, other key strategic documents, and then we will see how we can formulate a series of objectives for the town over the next three to five  years.”
The event  will look at everything from job creation, industry, retail strategy, housing, health etc. Attendees will also see video clips showing the successes and efforts of other communities around the country.
The findings from the session will then be used to formulate a document which the Chamber plans to present to the newly elected TDs and local councilors. Added Fintan McGill: “We will be inviting the four TDs from Longford Westmeath to the town shortly and we plan to present  the findings and views from this event.”
The Chamber are  writing to all groups to send two representatives  to attend on the day. It  will also be open to all Chamber members and anybody else wishing to attend. However it is necessary to register in advance via the Chamber of Commerce CEO, Lisa Brady at 087 778 6834 or email; info@longfordchamber.ie
There will be a small €5 charge per person on the day to cover lunch.

Longford County Council, Local Enterprise Office & Longford Chamber of Commerce are hosting an information session on the National Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to make your business Age Friendly and watch your business grow.
Age Friendly Ireland is the home of Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme aims to make Ireland a truly great place in which to grow old. The Programme is built on the recognition of the valuable role that older people can and should play in shaping their communities for the better. The voice of the older person is at the heart of the Programme. 
What’s Involved:-  We would ask you to attend a workshop in the Longford Arms Hotel on Monday 4th April at 6pm to hear Elaine from Age Friendly Ireland who will cover the following topics:-
  • Learn about the programme itself
  • Gain an insight into the older consumer  – behaviours likes/dislikes
  • Learn what impact older customers have on a business and community
  • Think about how they can engage and talk to their older customers
  • Think about three actions – practical realistic and appropriate that will help make their branch more Age Friendly.
 The programme is a zero to low cost and some examples of actions arising from talking to older customers are:
  • Providing chairs with arms
  • Offering single portions of food for sale
  • Delivering to home where appropriate
  • Improving signage and the size of pricing tags and fonts.
 Can you please confirm if you can attend by emailing ckane@leo.longfordcoco.ie, look forward to seeing you there.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE PRIZE WINNERS 2016

Best Overall Entry sponsored by Chamber; Longford Ploughing Association.
Most Colourful Entry sponsored by Chamber; Savas Longford Lithuanian Society
Best Commercial Entry sponsored by Chamber; Mulleadys Wast Management
Best Public Service sponsored by Stensons; L.S.P.C.A
Best Non Commercial Entry sponsored by Supermacs; Longford Rugby Club
Best Club/Assoc.sponsored by Crossan Cable Comm;  Matt Maguire “A Bye gone Era”
Youth Endeavour Award sponsored by Longford Leader ;  Aishling Children’s Arts Festival
Best Entertainment Award sponsored by Grafters Hair Co.; John Kelly (St. Patrick)
Best Community Entry sponsored by Longford Shopping Centre; Community Games
Best Window Display sponsored by Conradh Na Gaeilge;  Change Of A Dress
Best New Entry sponsored by Hair Square; Family Carers Ireland
Best Environmental Winner sponsored by Mulleadys Waste Mngt.; Longford Tidy Towns
Best School Entry sponsored by Glennon Bros.; St Theresa’s National School
Outstanding Service; Hugh Shannon Memorial Cup; Civil Defence
Best Dressed Individual; Linda Mc Gee

Chamber would like to thank all the people that help made the parade happen.
Ciaran Corcoran at Abbott Diagnostics. Orla Barry of Barry Express, Anna Delanney & Longford Tourism, Pat Keenan and his staff from Longford Municipal Council, Barbara Heslin & Mark McInerney at Longford County Council. Laura Shaw of Longford Garden Centre. Paul Connell for the lovely Shamrock. Jane Meade, Architect. Terri Doherty of Longford Voluntary Forum. Sgt Declan McGlynn and all of Longford Gardai. The Judges. The Longford Arms. Josephine Dolan. Joe Egan & his Horse & Trap. Michael Nolan & Longford Vintage Club. Joe Flaherty & The Longford Leader. Seamus Kiernan & Civil Defence. Kevin & Teresa in The Market Bar. Gary Robinson of Grey Wizard. Brendan Gilmore Security. Finally but most importantly the Volunteer Stewards to whom we owe great gratitude. The parade was injury and incident free and that is down to their vigilance. I hope I have not forgotten anyone! Lisa Brady CEO.
MAKE SURE YOUR BUSINESS IS ON GOOGLE MAPS Longford Chamber Of Commerce is supporting a campaign to have all businesses in Longford registered on Google Maps
There are considerable advantages in having your business on Google Maps including ;

  • Gaining New Customers
  • Increased Sales
  • Better Public Profile
  • Easy Location Through The Google Smart Phone App

Longford Chamber Of Commerce is offering assistance to all businesses with registering their business on Google Maps. For Google Maps assistance please email us a contact name and phone number toinfo@longfordchamber.ie and we will get in touch with you  If you are registering your business yourself on Google Maps go to the Google web address ;www.google.ie/business

Create an account with Google or use your existing Google account

Fill in your various business details in each of the sections on Google Maps

When you have completed this registration Google will post you a Verification Code

On receipt of the Google Maps Verification Code log in to your Google account and verify your business on Google Maps