Business leaders outline blueprint for recovery

3 December 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan employees were among the best in the world and could contribute significantly to building a local and national economic recovery if the county developed and exploited its skills base, the Chief Executive Officer of Monaghan Mushrooms, Ronnie Wilson, told a major business development conference in Monaghan Town last Friday.
Organised to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Monaghan County Development Board, the event, attended by business, commerce and community development leaders from across the county, heard Mr Wilson detail a comprehensive blueprint for future business and job creation opportunities in the county.
The Monaghan Mushrooms CEO pointed to future growth potential in the dairying and wider agricultural sector, arguing strongly that an Irish economic recovery had to be export-led.
He said it was vitally important for broadband services in the county to be improved, and urged that research and development work taking place in the county and region be conducted in close collaboration with local businesses in order for their needs in this area to be identified and met.
Urging the Co Development Board to foster entrepreneurial businesses that would stay in the county and provide local employment, Mr Wilson stated that, “Family-owned businesses are the bedrock of any economy.”
Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combi-Lift, the Clontibret-based manufacturing exporter, identified the ‘can-do’ attitude of Monaghan people as a major attribute of advantage to the local economy, but urged that emphasis be placed on improving the county’s skills base and the attention to detail given by local firms to their products so competitiveness on the global market could be improved.
The Four Seasons Hotel event was also addressed by leading businessman Sean Gallagher of RTE ‘Dragon’s Den’ fame; the Director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations Eileen Gunning, and leading business coach Neil O’Brien (see separate report inside this week.)

Full report in the Northern Standard

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