Ennis Jobs Strategy
What is it?
A meeting will be held two weeks after the elections on 05th June at Temple Gate Hotel, which aims to use synergy and develop a concise strategy covering various sectors with opportunity to get quick, medium and long term wins for Ennis in terms of job creation. Sectors to be reviewed are in particular Retail, Tourism, Construction, Community based food production, Creativity, Industry, the Future and Youth Employment.
What does it mean for you?
The meeting will be seeing several 5mins solution-based presentations and it will continue with a split into working groups by sector. Following a period of review, the aim is to compile a result-driven report with actions for 2014 and possible jobs in the period 2015-2020. The report will be made available to the new Ennis Municipal District committee by early September asking for their support in the implementation.
The overall aim is based on the Economy, Employment and Retail Sector section of the Ennis 2020 Framework that asks for ‘A Job creation strategy for Ennis as an employment hub for County Clare developed and implemented’. The framework developed by University of Limerick for Ennis also outlines four routes to achieve this including 1, Explore and develop best practice international models of job creation for small towns; 2, Create a local employment task force to stimulate local economic growth and job creation; 3, Develop links with third level institutions to promote graduate placement opportunities locally; 4, Promote Ennis as a centre for employment and provide incentives for business and industry to locate in the town.
The meeting will be held on 05th June at Temple Gate Hotel at 6.30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend and the organisers appreciate prior contact to prepare for the event, contact Johnny Flynn on 0872571842 or email@example.com
Promote Ennis Collaborative Town Approach
What is it?
A collaboration between Ennis Chamber, Shannon Development/ Failte Ireland, Ennis Town Council and business representatives, which was re-established in 2010 and since has successfully launched a town brochure, town app, website and application for Purple Flag status. The re-launch of this vehicle was driven by Cllr. Johnny Flynn and he has since been at the core of this initiative.
What does it mean for you?
A collaborative approach strengthens the town as whole resulting in the retention and space for creation of jobs, including 20 new jobs with Dublin bus in December 2013. The aim of this collaboration is the promotion of the Town to Irish and International tourists, which leads to economic growth long-term.
Outcomes and Ongoing projects of Promote Ennis
You Tube videos produced by Ennis Development Forum Team of Aoife Madden, Meg Griffin, Shane O'Neil, Johnny Flynn, Brian O'Neil and Rita McInerney
Actions and Achievements 2013
- 40 page full colour Visit Ennis Brochure with visitor information on travel, accommodation, businesses, services, historical sites, cultural activities as well as map and locations for 4 different routes covering County Clare
- 25,000 Visit Ennis Brochures distributed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
- Aim to become Ireland’s Friendliest Town supported by Ennis Chamber campaign Create the Magic and endorsed by Purple Flag assessors as welcoming and clean town.
- 7,000 downloads of the Ennis APP, 5,000 unique visits to the Visit Ennis website www.visitennis.ie, Over 500 friends on very recently launched active Facebook page
- Prestigious international Purple Flag Accreditation awarded to Ennis, first recipient town in Ireland
- Fabulous Fridays trial in July, August and September for late evening shopping with promotion and giveaways
- Voluntary Street Ambassadors from hospitality businesses attended Failte Ireland Customer Service training and provided assistance during Fabulous Fridays in July, August and September
- Participated in Failte Ireland Tourism Towns competition process by assisting Tidy Towns with aim of becoming top Tourism Town with result of being within top 10 towns.
- Represented in Ennis 2020 process with University of Limerick and supporting follow-on Community Safety Survey through Purple Flag coordination
- One of three organisations selected to participate in Waterford Institute of Technology Research Project commissioned by Failte Ireland on Best Practice for tourism bodies in Ireland’s towns and cities