The new Meath business owners network first online meeting took place on Friday the 22nd of January over Zoom. Open to all business owners in Meath, the zoom call attracted over 70 participants from right across the County. The network is a partnership between County Meath Chamber and Meath Local Enterprise office.
This new initiative comes at a time when many businesses in Co Meath are closed or operating at reduced capacity due to the Covid 19 restrictions. The meeting provided a relaxed opportunity for businesses to get to know others within the network, discuss enterprise and build strong, supportive business relationships. To start the meeting off, 15 participants got the chance to give a 60-second introduction on who they were and what their business was all about. Ray Gibbons from BMS Accountants Navan chaired this section of the meeting.
Minister Damien English was the special guest at the first online meeting and he addressed Meath Chambers call for a substantial rethink and refresh of the range of Covid-19 supports available to business over the coming months. Minister English spoke of the work that is ongoing within his department in regards Covid Restriction Support Scheme, the remote working strategy and supports from Local Enterprise offices. Questions from the call participants were answered and included issues on click and collect restrictions for smaller retailers, the TWSS scheme, broadband for Meath, and insurance reform.
Lorna Cooney, LEO Meath reminded those on the call to engage with their Local Enterprise Office who provide a wide range of supports and services to businesses impacted by Covid.
Paula McCaul, CEO of Meath County Chamber was delighted to see so many businesses on the call and would encourage more to register for the February meeting on Friday 19th February 11am-12noon. “The Meath Business Owners Network is open to business owners and in Co Meath. It was great to see so many new faces and to connect business with one another and with the Minister for Business, Employment & Retail. Feedback has been tremendously positive, the B2B conversation will not end here”.
The meeting was kindly sponsored by Pinergy and Permanent TSB. To register for the next meeting keep an eye on the County Meath Chamber social media pages or www.countymeathchamber.ie. Pre-registration is essential. To claim your free listing on the Meath Business Directory or to become a member just email firstname.lastname@example.org