Judges gearing up for NETA 2019

The judges for this year’s National Enterprise Town Award came together yesterday for the first time as the judging process edges closer.

The build-up for the 2019 National Enterprise Town Awards (NETA) stepped up this week as the judges met for the first time in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The judges – made up of Bank of Ireland staff, former county council members and town representatives – were brought together for this first time ahead of this year’s event to go through the judging criteria.

“The value of the awards is so important and it brings everyone together in their respective communities to tell the positive stories from their area”

Former chief executive of Meath and Carlow County Council, Tom Dowling, who is working with Bank of Ireland on NETA said, “This is the fourth year of the Awards and again it’s looking really exciting. I know there are towns and urban areas all across Ireland preparing for this and from speaking to their representatives, they are even more enthusiastic than in previous years. The value of the awards is so important and it brings everyone together in their respective communities to tell the positive stories from their area.”

The criteria for the judging remains the same as previous years, however towns and urban villages must also demonstrate how they are supporting their community in improving the financial wellbeing of both businesses and locals in the area.

“This year we added in financial wellbeing to the criteria because we feel towns should be looking after every aspect of life in the town”

“We’re starting the judging towards the end of August and the exciting thing is that a lot of our judges are very experienced and they know what is expected of them when they arrive. There’s an excellent mix between people who have worked in towns and communities, along with the Bank of Ireland judges, who bring a great balance to the process. The most important thing about this from the Bank of Ireland’s perspective is that it brings the organisation back to its historic place on the main street in towns across Ireland and becomes the centre point of the community.

“We have eight lots of judging criteria and the most important aspect is how the judges see and feel the town or urban area. This year we added in financial wellbeing to the criteria because we feel towns should be looking after every aspect of life in the town and there should be briefing sessions on things like Brexit or the budget, and support businesses and residents in towns in thriving.

This year’s National Enteprise Town Awards takes place on December 6th in the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.

Written by Stephen Larkin

Published on 4 July, 2019

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