John Walsh, managing director of Shannon Coiled Springs appointed the new president of Limerick Chamber of Commerce
The new President of Limerick Chamber of Commerce has said that a vibrant Limerick City will reinvigorate and strengthen the entire region.
Speaking shortly after his election as president, John Walsh, managing director of Shannon Coiled Springs, said that he would continue to work closely with other groups in the city, such as the Limerick City Business Association (LCBA) and IBEC Mid-West to promote the interest of the city.
In the past, the Chamber of Commerce and the LCBA have differed on a number of issues, but this new initiative marks a new departure in co-operation between the two organisations.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader this week, Mr Walsh praised the work of the LCBA. "They are a very necessary organisation that can promote the centre of the city and the retail businesses and the closer co-operation we can have with them the better for Limerick. We are all singing from the same hymn sheet," he said.
Among the issues the groups have been addressing are parking, policing, the Green Routes and the city boundary.
According to LCBA chairman Mike Gleeson, the new direction is all about "boosting the city as the strong core of a very strong region"
"We all meet and agree a common strategy for business as a whole rather than four different voices. One very strong voice with the same message. It is working very well and people are listening to what we have to say. It is new era in public private co-operation," said Mr Gleeson.
Mr Walsh, who has been running his company on the Ballysimon Road for 28 years, said he has very clear priorities for his year as Chamber president. "We need to constantly ensure that Limerick City and the region are well placed to attract investment and drive economic development. The old regional models are redundant and a new economic corridor which consists of the greater Limerick Area, Shannon, Ennis and the greater Galway Urban Area is where we need to be looking."
One of his priorities for the coming year will be to promote rail access throughout the region.
Other key aims should be the speedy completion of a motorway linking Limerick, Shannon, Ennis and Galway; the opening of a fourth river crossing; the rollout of broadband throughout the region; and the development of a medical school in UL.
"A key strength of Limerick Chamber is our access to local government and key decision makers and to a strong national and International network through Chambers Ireland so we are ideally placed to ensure the region is always on the governments agenda," Mr Walsh said.
Dan New has been appointed regional sales manager for Fitness Concepts Ltd with responsibility for the Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Clare and Galway regional offices.
Mr New is a Sports Science Graduate specialising in biomechanics and exercise physiology. In the past he has worked with such brands as Adidas, Polar and Oregon Scientific and brings with him nine years of experience in the fitness industry. Fitness Concepts Ltd supplies fitness equipment to the commercial market