Importance of planning for success emphasised to members of SAREN
SKIBBEREEN and Region Economic Network (SAREN) held their third meeting on Tuesday morning in Schull's Harbour View Hotel to update on the progress of each of the working groups.
Paul O'Kelly, sports coach and strategic consultant also addressed the group on the importance of planning for success. O'Kelly spoke of the jump in the mindset of business owners and consumers in the past twelve months. It has been found there has been at least a 50% shift in how business has changed since the downturn yet only 10% of owner managers have changed their business plan and objectives.
He stated that in today's climate it is essential to update and change a company's plan in accordance with the economic climate and where the company wants to go. The message of the day was to "find the positive opportunity and work it out".
Conor Buckley of the infrastructure group spoke of his group's work on achieving UNESCO world heritage status for Skibbereen and in particular for Abbeystrewry cemetery as a place of memory for the Irish famine. This will be a long-term project and is expected to take up to four years to achieve recognition by UNESCO.
Seamus White, for the new communications group, put a call out for new members to help get the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) in Skibbereen switched on, which would ultimately aid in the drive for new businesses to the area.
Stephen O'Keeffe updated the group on Schull's Harbour Development, for which meetings are ongoing with the local council, who have been extremely supportive of the initiative. Jim Kennedy spoke of the work being undertaken by the tourism group, who are in the height of their busy season but will focus again on planning for the coming months and on their project.
Bernard O'Donovan, chairman of SAREN, spoke of the importance of involvement in the group. He said that it is madness to expect different results by always doing the same thing and that now is the time for positive action and change. The challenge, he said "is there for everyone in the region to come together and work as one for the progression and success of the area".
The next SAREN meeting will take place in Skibbereen's West Cork Hotel on October 20 where project leaders will once again update on their work.
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