AGENDA

0800-0850

Registration & Morning Coffee


0850-0855

BOBBY KERR

SUMMIT CHAIR

Opening from the Chair.


0855-0910

KEYNOTE

sven spollen-behrens

director,

the small firms association

KEYNOTE - Brexit and the Irish Town

 


 

0910-0930

CATHERINE CURRAN

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OFFICER

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS,

ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION

 

WORKSHOP - The Framework for Town Centre Renewal - Best Practice and a practical step by step approach

With the right supports, a collaborative and structured approach to town centre renewal and the dedication and passion of local people, communities and businesses, we can realise our ambition to create vibrant, thriving towns and villages to work in, socialise in and live in.

Secretary to the Retail Consultation Forum, Catherine Curran from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation will present the Framework for Town Centre Renewal developed by the Forum and launched in April in Sligo Town. The Framework sets out the key characteristics of a successful town centre and identifies both existing supports and best practice examples from around the country. The Framework includes an Action Plan for Town Centre Renewal which is intended to be a blueprint for key stakeholders in towns and villages across Ireland looking to adopt a structured approach to town centre renewal.


 

0930-0950

TARA BUCKLEY

DIRECTOR GENERAL 

RG DATA

Independent Shops and Town Centre Health Checks: Two essentials to Futureproof Ireland's Towns and Villages

Why independent businesses including family owned stores will continue to be a vital component of vibrant town and villages.

How a coffee break chat at a Heritage Council Conference inspired a Pilot National Town Centre Health Check Programme, the impact that this unique collaborative model has had to date, key learnings from the pilot and how a National Town Centre Health Check Programme will future-proof Ireland's Towns and Villages.


 

0950-1010

SIMON QUIN

DIRECTOR AND VISITING PROFESSOR

INSTITUTE OF PLACE MANAGEMENT

MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

WORKSHOP - The 4 "R's" of Town Centre Renewal

Town centres are facing enormous challenges as the retail offer changes or declines. All the research suggests this change is permanent and its full impact has not yet been felt. How should town and city centres respond?  The 25 most important interventions that can be undertaken locally. A new way of understanding towns that will determine the most appropriate actions to take and the four processes that every town should consider if it wants to be sustainable - repositioning, reinventing, rebranding and restructuring.


1010-1030

stephen moran

head of research & development

Bank of ireland

 

Smart Cities: Beyond the Pale?

1030-1040

 

Panel Q&A


1030-1055

Coffee Break - Exhibition


1100-1120

Mo Aswat

Founder and Director

The Mosaic Partnership

WORKSHOP - BIDs - An International Perspective

How Business Improvements Districts have developed in the UK, Mainland Europe, USA, Asia & Africa

Over the last 20 years The Mosaic Partnership have had a unique perspective having developed, delivered and advised on BIDs across four continents. With over 90 BIDs to its name in the UK from cities, small towns, business parks and tourism destinations to working in places such as Rotterdam & Bilbao, Cape Town, Chicago, Oklahoma and Singapore, this session will take you through the commonalities and the particular cultural, political, economic and social factors that shape its development,  implementation and future direction in those places.


1120-1140 

Julienne Elliot

Town & Village Manager

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

 

 

Coleraine - On your Marks - Get Set - BID?

Town Centre Management is conducted in various formats throughout the world yet all with the ultimate aim to make our towns and cities the best that they can be. It is definitely not a one size fits all and Coleraine is no exception.  Julienne Elliott, Town & Village Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,  will give an overview of the town management journey to date in Coleraine, the ramifications and why now is the time to introduce a BID.


1140-1200

Richard hamilton

associate Director

Future Analytics Consulting

 

What makes a healthy town? A Town Planners Perspective - Planning & revitalisation of vibrant and successful Towns

Effective Town Planning is central to the revitalisation of our towns as a means of improving the living and working environment of local communities and to facilitate a more viable level of economic activity. Drawing on Irish and international case study projects, this presentation will explore how Town Planning initiatives and incentives can contribute to regenerating and revitalising town centres. Town Planning can directly inform the attractiveness and sustainability of towns as a place to live, work and visit, and requires a careful appreciation of influencing factors such as retail competitiveness, sustainable travel, the quality of town centre developments and urban design.


1200-1220

Kevin Traynor

national director

the coach tourism & TRANSPORT COUNCIL

The Role of Coach Tourism in Ireland and Opportunities available to rural communities as a source of Employment and Revenue.

The CTTC is the representative organisation for Ireland’s coach touring companies and the private coach and bus operators.  All of our members are family-owned companies with a combined fleet of over 1,500 coaches, employing over 3,000 directly. The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland recently launched the Coach Friendly Town Initiative, providing designated criteria to ensure tailor made infrastructure is in place to attract overseas and domestic tourists and to promote uniform standards throughout the country.  Those availing of this initiative have the potential to significantly increase the volume of tourists and the subsequent revenues accruing to businesses within their communities and to avail of the current economic upturn and the increase in tourism numbers.


1220-1230

 

 

                 Panel Q & A

1230-1330

 

LUNCH

TRAINING WORKSHOPS - BREAKOUTS

1330-1335

Bobby Kerr

  Welcome back


1335-1410

cormac Devlin

Councilor

dun laoghaire rathdown county council

Renewal and Revival in Dun Laoghaire Town

Cllr. Cormac Devlin of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, to hear about successful town centre renewal in DunLaoghaire Rathdown and highlight the challenges and opportunities that they presented.


1335-1410

simon wall

Town Architect

Westport

"We wondered would we die as a town?".  How Westport was regenerated

Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

During this time Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’. Its most recent public realm space and associated sculpture was the national winner of the RIAI public Choice Award 2016.

Westport has been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.  It is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and Heritage over the past two decades.


                  BREAKOUT SESSION

1410-1415

Bobby Kerr

Remarks from The Chair.


 

1410-1430

David McNulty

Director

Tourism Development International 

 

Towns and Villages - Emerging Tourism International

David’s presentation will outline many real and practical examples of emerging tourism opportunities in towns and villages here in Ireland and overseas as a result of innovative tourism planning/product development initiatives. David will give examples of case studies including: Munster Vales, Ballyhoura, Cycling and Walking in the Algarve, Prince Edward Island Tourism Strategy, The World Tourism Organisation, the Butler Trail, Royal and Grand Canal Greenways, and Wicklow Greenway.


1410 - 1430

CONOR BOFIN

DIRECTOR

TOWN MATTER

 

Can Independent Retail Fight-Back?

Some practical advice on how independent retailers can compete in a globalised market place.

With a 25 year background in retail marketing and advertising, handling some of Ireland’s largest retail

brands, Conor has a clear understanding of many of the issues and pressures facing retailers. Conor gives

a talk using his own experience in the food marketing arena to show how retailers can gain competitive

advantage over large retail chains. He gives practical case examples and focuses on differentiation and

specialisation.The talk should be of interest to independent retailers and members of town teams looking to help

energise a town or village retail offering


 

1430-1450

ann norton

Councilor

clare county council

 

Collaboration is Key: The Economic, social and physical development of Ennis Town Centre

How a collaborative working relationship between Clare County Council, Elected Members, businesses and the local community has guided the development of Ennis and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs.


1430 - 1450

Brian Flynn

Senior Executive Engineer

Sligo County Council

 

 

 The Sligo Case Study - From Partnership comes Progress


1435-1510

Coffee Break - Exhibition - Network

TRAINNING WORKSHOPS- BREAKOUTS

1510-1515

Bobby Kerr

Welcome Back


1510- 1530

nOELLE mCaLOON

Manager

Enniskillen BID

 

Enniskillen - Survive & Thrive - Purple Flags and BIDS


1510-1530

Alan farrelly

CoO &CO-FOUNDER

CITY SWIFTER

 

A connected transportation network will play an integral part in the Future of Towns


1530-1550

Lar power

deputy chief executive

waterford city &county council

 

The Waterford Story- From Recession to Success

Waterford City and County is going through a period of unprecedented change and development that is achieving national recognition.  Lar Power is the Deputy Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, in his presentation he will take the attendees through the Waterford Story primarily from 2008 to 2017 and onwards, outlining the impacts of the recession on Waterford, the interventions taken and the consequential successful outcomes.


1530-1550

Fergal Nealon

founder

story tracks

 

StoryTracks - Bringing Local Stories to Life


1550-1555

 

Bobby Kerr

                  PLENARY SESSION

1555-1615

David Minton

Director

Northern & Western Assembly

 Creating Vibrant Regional Economies


1615-1625

 

                  Q & A


1625-1630

Bobby Kerr

 Closing Remarks