The Liberties has made great strides over the past number of years to revitalise business and commercial life in the area. Renewed confidence has allowed many businesses to remain in the area and invest in their premises or offer or their customer service. And more business have chosen Dublin 8 as a location. The number of vacant premises has reduced, shopfronts and buildings look better, streets are cleaner and more inviting. The area is seeing ever-increasing investment in areas as diverse as visitor attractions, craft distilleries, new pubs and cafes, crafts and speciality shops and services.
Now Dublin City Council has nominated The Liberties along with two other areas in the city as Ireland’s most enterprising town. Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town is a new national competition sponsored by Bank of Ireland and offers competing towns the chance to showcase their entrepreneurial flair, commercial success and overall attractiveness and quality of life. At the launch of the competition back in May, David Merriman, head of enterprise development at Bank of Ireland said: “We want to recognise and reward those towns where small businesses and community groups are working together with their local council and State agencies to contribute to the overall enterprising nature of the town or village.”
The Liberties has been shortlisted with 29 other towns and villages to compete for a major prize and trophy. First up is a visit by a panel of judges. Assessment will take place later next week and include a presentation of what’s on offer in The Liberties and a walkabout of the area with a chance to meet the businesses. The final awards are made in November.
Fingers are crossed!
More details on Most Enterprising Town here.