CARRICK-ON-SUIR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

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WHO WE ARE

The Carrick-on-Suir Business Association (COSBA) was formed in 2008 from the Traders’ Association and the Chamber of Commerce to promote business in the town and its hinterland.

COSBA represents all sectors of business life in the town. Our members include businesses offering goods and services across a wide spectrum from supermarkets to restaurants, hairdressers to clothing and footwear, accommodation to public houses, doctors to solicitors and accountants.

We work together to develop initiatives to attract and retain custom in Carrick-on-Suir. We lobby on behalf of our members’ interests and we promote and foster a positive image of our town. We also support festivals and events which celebrate our heritage and culture. Ultimately we believe that Carrick-on-Suir is a positive and progressive place to do business.

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Carrick-on-Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee have launched their 'Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030' document.

COSBA are delighted to have played a significant role in the development of the plan. We would like to congratulate COSTEDC on the publishing of the plan and offer whatever supports necessary to achieve some of the goals set out.

The simplest way to sum up the document is to quote the mission statement.

'Our Mission is to make Carrick-on-Suir an attractive town to visit, to live in and for work and shopping; a place where new and existing entrepreneurs are encouraged and supported: where training and employment opportunities are actively generated.'

Noble words from a plan that points the direction that Carrick-on-Suir can travel with the support of the community. Lets ask ourselves, is there any thing WE can do to help achieve any of the goals set out in the plan, what can I do to help? This plan is a very positive step forward for our community and points towards a positive future for Carrick-on-Suir.

If anybody has any suggestions,or offers of help can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact any member of COSTEDC.

Read full 'Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030' plans here

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This website is a one-stop-shop to promote your business, to keep you up to date on news and events, as well as being a valuable information point for our customers and visitors to Carrick-on-Suir.

For more information on how you can become involved in COSBA please contact us. If you would like to submit any details please use the contact form or to contact us directly, (see contact details below).


WHAT WE DO

Current Activities and Ongoing Achievements Include:
1. Carrick-on-Suir Gift Vouchers – Since their launch in November 2009, €250,000 worth of vouchers have been sold and returned directly into the local economy - only CoSBA members may accept these vouchers.
2. Economic Forum – Through our membership of CoSTEDC we are playing an integral part
in the development of the new economic plan for Carrick-on-Suir 2014 – 2019.
3. Business Watch Scheme – This text alert service has become an invaluable service to help
maintain security in participating shops.
4. Festive Lights and Bunting – Despite the costs, the lights (which are funded solely by
COSBA) help create a festive spirit that every business can benefit from.

Achievements through Participation and Funding of:
5. The Clancy Brothers Festival of Music & Art
6. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
7. Golden Years Discount Day
8. Enterprise Competition
9. Tidy Towns Committee
10. Encouraging inward investment
11. New Carrick-on-Suir website
12. Ever growing social media presence
13. Carrick Music Theatre Festival
14. Legacy of the Lanes
15. Christmas Tractor Lights
16. Town Walks with Tom Walsh
17. Carrick-on-Suir Business Expo 2016

Achievements through Successful Lobbying of Town and County Council:
18. Liaise with third level colleges to draw up reports/plans for the future of our town.
19. Free of Charge Car Park, beside the Library, for staff working in town and
20 minutes free parking in the town centre.
20. The ongoing cleaning up and painting of the New Bridge.
21. The ongoing cleanup/painting of derelict buildings - Main St. & Kickham St.
22. The cleanup and renovations of the Town Clock Tower, West Gate.
23. Town Centre Revitalization - Main St Painting Scheme.
24. Liaise with COSTEDC with the promotion of the new Butler Trail Signage.
25. Liaise with COSTEDC and Town Council to Improve Tourism.
26. Pursuing the implementation of proper planning procedures.
27. Facilitation of courses for members i.e. Introduction to Social Media, Entrepreneurial Skill etc
28. Represent Carrick-on-Suir Business on County Council Committees.

REASONS TO JOIN COSBA

Benefits of Membership include:
• Membership of an active, continuous network of Businesses.
• To lobby on Issues of interest to the Business Community in Carrick-on-Suir.
• Access and representation to key Local, Regional and National Authorities.
• Input into submissions on Development Plans and Government Policy.
• Updates and information on new Legislation or Reform affecting Businesses.
• Free Membership of Carrick-on-Suir Gift Voucher Scheme.
• Free listing on our new website and social media for your business.
• Customer referral for your products and services.
• Promotion of Shop Local Campaign and Parking initiatives.
• Subsidised training such as Social Media and Customer Service.
• Striving for discounts on bulk advertising campaigns in local newsletters/ press.
• Business Watch Scheme – This text alert service has become an invaluable service to help maintain security in participating shops.
• To promote Carrick-on-Suir as a nice place to do Business and Visit.

CONTACT COSBA:
Ted Hennesey
Office: The Business Centre, Clancy House, Carrick-on-Suir
Tel: 086 3922774
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COSBA welcomes feedback or suggestions on their work. COSBA is run by volunteers and welcomes any input from existing or new members.