Monaghan town is nominated as an entry in the bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018. Here are the reasons why.
A bustling rural town located close to Northern Ireland with a population of 6,834 (census 2016) and serving as an administrative, hospitality, retail and service centre for a cross-border hinterland catchment of approximately 50,000.
Collaboration between businesses and community groups
Monaghan County Council took the innovative step of employing a full-time town centre coordinator to work with business owners, retailers, tidy towns, community groups and festival committees to promote Monaghan to the wider public. The coordinator was responsible for the establishment of the Monaghan town team in January 2016 with the remit to increase footfall into the town, reduce vacancy on the high street and promote all business elements of the town.
Stand out and original achievements
An innovative shop local, buy local campaign helped to increase footfall in the town by 14% during the Christmas 2017 period. The town team also set up a ‘Food Network’ which helped establish Monaghan as an RAI ‘Top 10 Food Destination’ in 2016 and 2017.
Did you know?
The town team was selected as a European best practice example for collaboration leading to regeneration by URBACT in Oct 2017 as well as two ATCM (Association of Town Centre Management) awards.