BIDS Dundalk limited, the company set up in 2009 to promote busines in the town, is confident its programme for the next four years will give the town a competitive edge in business.
The company is approaching the end of its first full term and is seeking a second term from its members, the Dundalk ratepayers, who will vote in December on the new four-year plan.
“The company will not be taking any financial risks,” treasurer Mr Paddy Malone told the company’s agm last week. “BIDS will facilitate organisations that want to run events and promotions.
“They will take the financial risks. BIDS will not take any financial risks.”
He said other towns had contacted the company and were interested in setting up a similar operation in their own areas.
“Dun Laoighaire came and studied us,” he said, “Drogheda are looking at the idea and two towns in Cork have contacted me.”
Dun Laoighaire have Dublin to cope with as a business rival just as Dundalk has the Border to contend with.
He said the retail sector is the biggest employer in the private sector in Dundalk, so it is critical that it can work as a united body.
Cllr Marianne Butler said it is very important the company is run in the interest of the ratepayers.