OUR TOWN, OUR FUTURE
PULSE CLUB HOSTS VISION FOR GROWTH – BALLINASLOE 2020 EVENT
The Pulse club in conjunction with Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre (BACD) hosted a very successful business networking event on Thursday, 5 December at the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe.
The event saw many businesses coming together to showcase their products and services to all in attendance. The evening was a great launch pad to step beyond regular networks and create new synergies, collaborations and promising friendships within the community. Exhibitors expressed delight in being part of the positive movement happening in Ballinasloe.
Special guest speakers, Sean Gallagher and Eleanor McEvoy of TV’s Dragons Den along with local businessman Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s entertained the room with their inspiring stories on their own journeys of entrepreneurship.
Sean Gallagher stated, “it’s all about coming together - working together to grow your business by collaborating with others. It takes optimism and self-belief - belief in your own idea”.
“Change is something we must stop fearing, accept change as the new normal and you will never fear change again, was the advice from Eleanor McEvoy. Eleanor shared her challenges and key takeaways from starting to selling her various businesses.
Pat McDonagh shared his inspiring story of how an idea can grow and flourish with the right combination of skillset and mindset. Pat also expressed how wonderful it was to see so many new start-ups in Ballinasloe. “If you’re waiting for someone else to do it for you it will never happen”, says Pat.
The evening was facilitated by Brian King who highlighted all the great progress and business momentum taking place around the town – with a great foundation and scope for more to come.
The evening concluded with questions and answers from the audience, where business enthusiasts took the opportunity to question and gain valuable insights from our speakers that they could take away and apply to their own business.
The event would not have been possible without the continued support of our local sponsors: The Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe Credit Union, Bank of Ireland, Galway Rural Development, KPW Print Manager, AIB and Clare’s Flowers. Without our sponsors, events like ‘Vision For Growth’ are just not possible.
Parting words from Sean Gallagher was to “stay focused and take the risks, be courageous, demand more and make Ballinasloe the place it’s capable of becoming”.