New business group formed in Donegal Town

A new group has been formed to promote, develop and enhance business in Donegal Town and surrounding areas.

A new group has been formed to promote, develop and enhance business in Donegal Town and surrounding areas.

The Donegal Town Business Focus Group (DTBFG) is a collaborative initiative between people in businesses in Donegal Town and areas extending to Mountcharles, Laghey and Barnesmore Gap.

A spokesperson for the group said they aim to promote Donegal Town as a prime destination to do business in and to create a positive and prosperous working relationship between new and existing businesses.

“It is the objective of Donegal Town Business Focus Group to promote business in Donegal Town, attract new businesses to Donegal Town, lobby for business interests, provide services and information for members,” Zack Gallagher told the Democrat.

He explained the group’s ethos. “Business people, young and old, need support as they try to build a livelihood in a small community. The Donegal Town Business Focus Group encourages camaraderie and friendship between business members and between other community-based organisations as this is something they feel has been lost in Donegal Town over the last few years.

The Donegal Town Business Focus Group aims to encourage new community pride in Donegal Town and to help build a better sense of the community working together.

Helping to develop real business opportunities for new and existing businesses of the area is top of their agenda.

“We’re not setting up in competition with anyone else but to put the focus very much on doing the business,” Zack said.

“For example, the way Donegal Town Community Chamber has evolved over the years has seen it shift its emphasis from business to the community. We’re here to focus firmly on business. The majority of our members have always supported the chamber, many are also members of the chamber and will continue to be. We would evisage our organisations working well together in the future.”

General group meetings take place at 6.15pm to make it easier for people to attend after work, without having to return from home and a Business Text Alert System is already in place.

Subscription rates will apply to cover operational costs.

One of the many features that are being offered to members of the new Business Focus Group is to offer talks and mentor assistance to business members.

The first of these talks was recently held in the new Donegal Parish Centre on Main Street on June 5th, when Gerry Duffy, aka The 32 Marathon Man, gave a motivational talk. Gerry ran 32 marathons in 32 counties in Ireland on 32 consecutive days and also won the UK Ironman Competition. He is a passionate speaker on how to succeed in life and business and this event was kindly sponsored by Joe Coyle’s new business, Go-4-It. The talk was very well attended with over 50 people turning up to listen to Gerry speak on various matters from personal development to starting your own business.

Donegal Town Business Focus Group on 087 225 0599 or dtbusinessfocusgroup@gmail.com.