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Rotary Club tells UK that Tullamore is 'open for business'

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Rotary Club tells UK that Tullamore is 'open for business' thumbnailMichael Tobin, President, Tullamore Rotary pictured as he addressed those attending the Tullamentry launch, including Fiona Mitchell, RTE London Correspondent, Mark Abraham, British and Irish Trading Alliance and Dominic Doheny, Tullamore Rotary.

ENTRY to Tullamore by UK companies which will boost local life and business, is the key goal of 'Tullamentry', an ambitious project launched last week by Tullamore Rotary Club.
Rotary Club president Michael Tobin revealed that the word 'Tullamentry' was coined after a number of meetings and is an obvious play on the roots of 'Brexit', Britain making its exit from the European Union.
Speaking at the Tullamentry launch in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Mr Tobin said he believed it was important to have some humour about Brexit and if the term 'Tullamentry' resulted in some people laughing over their dinner in London at Christmas, that would be a positive development.
"That in itself is branding, that in itself is name recognition and that is what we actually need," said Mr Tobin.
"All we need is one person to say 'Maybe I'll have a look' and if he or she has that look, then we all benefit."
To bring Tullamentry to fruition, the Rotary Club have published a fully illustrated 14-page A4 size booklet with the same name.
The booklet emphasises Tullamore's central location in Ireland, its proximity to the motorway and Dublin airport, its 21 trains to and from Dublin daily, its broadband availability, and the many companies successfully trading from the town.
In addition to the industrial and commercial infrastructure, the booklet says Tullamore is within 90 minutes of eight third level colleges and 79 per cent of those who leave its four secondary schools go on to third level education.
"That a very high positive and demonstrates there is a lot of skills avaiable and there's a talent pool which can come back to Tullamore in future years if we have the actual companies," said Mr Tobin.
"Tullamentry is about Tullamore and entry to Tullamore," Mr Tobin repeated. The aim is to "get people to recognise that when they look at a bottle of Tullamore DEW or they think of Tullamore, that they also know that Tullamore is open for business".
"We have advantages which really should entice anybody out there to locate in Tullamore," he said.
The Tullamentry booklet and supporting videos will be sent to Rotary clubs in Northern Ireland and Britain and Tullamore Rotary are considering a UK launch in March.
Furthermore, Mr Tobin said Tullamore could host a one-day trade summit or symposium which would be used to market the town and attract UK firms to the town.
He also pointed that everyone involved in the project had given freely of their time, from launch speakers Fiona Mitchell and Mark Abraham, to booklet printer Tony McCormack, to the Court Hotel, and Orla Martin of the Offaly Local Enterprise Office.
Four Tullamore-based businesses are featured in the Tullamentry video, Acetech, a supplier of technology to emergency vehicles; Future Ticketing, an event ticket technology company; medical device manufacturer Integra; and local radio station Midlands 103.
Anthony Hanniffy, who runs Acetech, says in the video: "We found Tullamore to be very good in dealing with our suppliers who are based all over Ireland and Northern Ireland."
Liam Holton, CEO of Future Ticketing, said he had found Tullamore to be the ideal location, not just because of its infrastructure, but because it was a good place to attract staff to, and to retain them in.
"Knowledge and expertise of our staff is absolutely crucial to everything we do. We are a knowledge-based business so we can access those kind of people," said Mr Holton.
The message from John O'Donovan of Integra, which makes electro mechanical equipment used by neurosurgeons to remove brain tumours, was similar: "We have people who have come from many countries around the world who have chosen to come and live here because of the work we give."
Albert Fitzgerald, managing director of Midlands 103, and a former president of Tullamore Rotary, said the station is owned by a UK-based media company Tindle.
It has two sister stations in the Channel Islands, one in Jersey and another in Guernsey, but when Tindle decided to move the headquarters from Ipswich in 2012, it opted for Tullamore instead of alternatives in the UK.

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