Take another look at Mallow
Mallow Chamber is urging people to take another look at the town. The Chamber has been very active in recent years not only to maintain but to improve Mallow’s profile both locally and nationally.
The Chamber continues to support events which bring extra business to the town such as the three day Racing Home for Easter Festival and the Jim Walsh Forestry Rally as well as highlighting the outstanding contributions made by local business people in the economy at the Mallow Business Awards and Chamber Ball in December.
“We are always listening to feedback from those who are at the coal face of business”, says Mary Kelly, President of the Mallow Chamber, an advocate of networking and linking and making the best use of the Chamber umbrella.
“The Chamber is an active presence in the town, where members can raise issues directly to the directors and we will endeavour to act where possible. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with Mallow Town Council as well and that can only benefit shoppers, business people and those visiting our town.”
With brands like French Connection, Jackpot, Religion as well as exclusive vintage fashion labels are stocked in Moda, gorgeous evening gowns in Morgan or mother of the bride style in Luna Bella, Marina Gerard or Molly’s, Mallow is gaining a reputation for boutique shopping. Café culture is also growing with the Springfort Hall Café and ever expanding local business Food Capers providing some refreshments along the way.
But there’s a more serious side to Mallow too, with large scale businesses such as the Barry Group, TR Southern Fasteners, Kostal and EPS based on the outskirts of the town.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid a visit to Mallow in May, where Mallow Chamber representatives were afforded the opportunity to highlight a number of issues critical to the ongoing economic development of the town. Since his visit, Dairygold have applied for planning permission for a €150 million euro development and there are other large scale agricultural investment in the area planned by Munster AI.
“We’ve always said that Mallow is the crossroads of Munster and clearly large companies like Dairygold and Munster AI agree,” said Mary.
“When you add in secondary services and the increased spend in the local economy, during the construction phase, it will provide an extremely welcome boost to Mallow’s businesses.”
As well as being sales and marketing manager at the hugely successful Cork Racecourse Mallow, Ms Kelly has also been extremely busy in yet another role – chairperson of the Racing Home for Easter Festival.
“We really do have a terrific sense of co-operation in Mallow and the festival is a shining example of that. We have been working closely with Mallow Town Council, small, medium and large scale businesses and they have been very supportive of the event. Thousands of people came to our town last Easter and plans are well underway for 30, 31 March and 1 April 2013, when we will be tying in with Failte Ireland’s The Gathering 2013 campaign and we hope that the festival will continue to grow over the coming years and reinforce everything that Mallow and the Blackwater Valley has to offer those at home and abroad.”