Today saw the launch of a new Autumn/Winter Vintage Inspired product range by County Carlow company Amhain Creations. The company established in 2009 by Valerie Coleman, a native of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has grown from a cottage industry with a small variety of quality hand knitted products to a complete range now developed by Coleman and her collaborator, Teresa Keogh (www.smartsewing.ie), displaying at events ranging from Christmas Gift Fairs to National Ploughing Championships.
Is the Pop Up shop going to become a long-term feature on the streets of every rural town in Ireland? Minister Hogan today helped launch the Carlow Pop Scheme for Carlow Town. Pop-ups, or flash retailing, as they are known, are temporary retail outlets that allow retailers to sell their items in a prime retail space at much lower costs and with significantly reduced terms.
Exciting events will be happening in Tullow Street in June when Carlow County Enterprise Board in association with Carlow Arts Festival Eigse 2012 and Carlow Town Council present the “Tullow Street Pop Up Shop Project”. This experience will see 6 premises re-open their doors from 8th-17th June 2012 as galleries and craft outlets, and compete for business in a formal commercial environment.
The Dragons are coming to Carlow!! in the form of Norah Casey & Gavin Duffy as part of an exciting new programme called “The Business Toolbox” hosted by Carlow County Enterprise Board & Carlow Chamber of Commerce. The Dragons will be joined by Apprentice Finalist, Joanne Sweeney Burke from Media Box and a host of speakers with local, national and international experience for this seminar experience. The first seminar is to be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel , Athy Road on Thursday 19th April 2012 and run from 7.30am-11.00am.
Twenty three small companies from Carlow, from children's swing manufacturers to alarm installers, are grouping together to showcase their businesses at the biggest agricultural event in the country - the National Ploughing Championships in nine weeks time.Over the three day event, from September 20th to 22nd, an estimated 180,000 visitors will travel to Athy in Co. Kildare. Of those, organisers at the Carlow County Enterprise Board and Carlow Chamber are expecting 40,000 people to visit the 'Experience Carlow' stand alone.