What’s it like to be a judge of the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards? Maurice Healy, Director of Corporate Banking, Bank of Ireland, describes his experience as a judge of the 2018 competition.
The search is on to find Ireland’s most enterprising towns and villages. The judging of the awards is taking place in towns and villages across Ireland.
What is the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards?
The National Enterprise Town Awards, organised by Bank of Ireland, is now in its third year.
The competition promotes enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in towns and villages across Ireland, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
90 towns have entered, all were nominated by their local county or town councils and local enterprise office.
“I came away from three long days energised by the passion of the people I met and the inspirational communities where they live and work.”
Pictured are (l-r): Maurice Healy Bank of Ireland, Director Corporate Banking; Judge, Trudi Ryan, Manager, Bank of Ireland Bagenalstown; and John Murphy B.E.A.M. Bagenalstown in the BEAM gardens.Photo by Karl McDonough.
My experience as a judge
As part of Corporate Banking’s support of the ‘Wear Your County Colours’ initiative and living our value of ‘One group one team,’ eight Corporate Banking colleagues will join judging panels across Ireland to find Ireland’s most enterprising town of 2018.
Inspired by David Walsh, CEO of Netwatch (a Corporate Banking customer), who is passionate about his adopted county, I went along to see Co. Carlow for myself.
The privilege of judging
I had the privilege of being a judge for three days meeting groups of volunteers, businesses and local government agencies, who are working hard to make their community a better place to work, live, play, be educated, and to raise a family.
So, what were some of the highlights I experienced