One lucky person attending Ireland’s first Age-Friendly Consumer Fair at Darver Castle on Sunday 7 October will be leaving with a new 400 euro Wireless Door Entry System.
The innovative product has been donated by Stephen Englishby of Mellifont Trading one of 60 age friendly businesses taking part in the fair which will include seminars and entertainment.
Over 2,000 of Ireland’s over-50s are expected to attend the event which will further highlight Louth’s growing reputation in age friendly services, including a growing age friendly business community.
Mr Englishby said his business is a perfect example of how the age friendly initiatives undertaken in Louth are not only helping its older population but also creating jobs.
“I was unemployed from June 2010 to October 2011, when I looked at setting up my own business selling the wireless door entry system. I’m now in business eight months and I’m happy to say I’m already breaking even.”
The wireless door entry system allows a person in any room of their home to see who is at the door via a small portable screen. If they are unsure of the person at the door they can take a photograph, again via the screen.
If they are away and someone comes to the door, a photograph is taken when the doorbell is pressed.
Stephen who is now expanding his customer base throughout the country said Louth was a perfect location to set up his business.
“County Louth is my main customer base, and the county’s Age Friendly initiatives have helped me enormously. Doors opened straight away.
“I now deal with the local branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association, people with MS, people who are living alone. Word of mouth in Louth for age friendly products is amazing and I have built a great reputation in a short time. I also received great support from the Garda crime prevention unit.”
Stephen said he is delighted to take part in the Louth Age Friendly Consumer Fair.
“I have received great support for my business so I have no hesitation in taking part.”