The Liberties Business Forum, which is chaired by our MD Catherine Heaney, has published an update on its latest developments. Stephen Coyne, the Forum’s Coordinator, outlines last year’s achievements and the plan for 2015.
The Liberties Business Forum was established last spring to oversee the work of the Business Area Improvement Initiative and to represent the views of businesses in the area. The Forum is chaired by Catherine Heaney, MD of DHR Communications on Francis Street. It includes representatives from each of the three principle business streets – Thomas, Francis and Meath Streets – as well as National College of Art & Design, The Digital Hub, Guinness Storehouse-Diageo, St James Hospital and Dublin City Council. There are 12 members in total.
The Forum has met on 6 occasions and the focus of year 1 has been to build a network of the various interests in the area from High Street to St James Hospital and to kick-start regeneration. The Forum has now adopted an Objectives Plan 2015 – a series of practical projects and initiatives that it is hoped to undertake over the coming 12 months to continue the process of renewal in The Liberties.
The Objectives Plan 2015 focuses on themes such as Clean & Attractive Streets, Promoting New Business, An Inviting Cultural District, Tourism and New Areas of Opportunity.
A number of projects are currently being developed to help promote The Liberties. A new website for The Liberties should go live this summer, bringing together a range of helpful information about the area. A visitor map and guide is also being produced that will highlight the very many attractions in this part of the city.
Together with Dublin City Council and others, a promotional event for the area is being planned for May, showcasing the development currently underway and drawing some wider city interest to The Liberties.
In addition a number of great ideas have been advanced by some businesses to animate and enliven the area over the summer and it is hoped to realise these plans in the coming months.
All businesses benefit when the area welcomes and attracts people. Everyone has a part to play in that.