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. We also work under the umbrella of the Carrick on Suir Tourist and Economic Development Committee. (COSTEDC).

This website is developed and run by COSBA to promote the town, its members businesses & to keep you up to date on news and events. Our aim is to become a source of valuable information for our townspeople and visitors to Carrick-on-Suir.

We also want this new website to become the foremost destination point for all things Carrick on Suir.

For more information on how you can become involved in COSBA as a member please contact us. (see contact details below).

If you are a sporting organisation or voluntary group and have a notice or event you wish us to promote, please contact us using the details below

CONTACT COSBA: Ted Hennessy – Business Development Officer

Office: 1st floor, The Business Centre, Clancy House, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary. Tel: 086 3922774 Email: cos.business@gmail.com

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

WHAT WE DO

Current Activities and Ongoing Achievements Include: 1. Carrick-on-Suir Gift Vouchers – Since their launch in November 2009, almost €500,000 worth of vouchers have been sold and returned directly into the local economy – only COSBA members may accept these vouchers. This is a real vote of confidence by the people of the town in the pride they have for our local businesses & for that we are very grateful. 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.

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 Competitions 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 Tractors of Carrick on Suir 16. Historic Town Walks with Tom Walsh every summer.

17.Members of Tipperary Tourism

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.

21. The ongoing cleanup/painting of derelict buildings as part of our tidy towns entry. 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. • To promote Carrick-on-Suir as a nice place to do Business and Visit.

About COSTEDC

Carrick-on-Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee launched their ‘Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030’ document in 2016.

COSBA 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. This plan is a very positive step forward for our community and points towards a positive future for Carrick-on-Suir. Its success will depend on the participation of the whole community’s involvement.

If anybody has any suggestions, or offers of help , please forward them cos.business@gmail.com, the heritagectr@gmail.com or contact any member of COSTEDC , or COSBA Read full ‘Carrick-on-Suir Strategic Vision 2030’ plans here

______________________________________________________________________________________________