Ballina Chamber of Commerce

  • Businesses across Ballina need Government support now more so than ever and looking after staff has to be paramount during this pandemic.

    That's according to the Ballina Chamber of Commerce who say's a rates freeze needs to be introduced to support local businesses in this difficult period.

    The Chamber is hosting a live Facebook workshop today at 4pm answering questions that concerned business owners may have.

    Mags Downey from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce says rates staffing and HR issues are top of the agenda and is confident that the wider communtiy will support businesses stronger than ever when they reopen.

  • Ballina Chamber of Commerce has confirmed it will host Ballina Salmon Festival 2020, from July 5 – 12 this year.

    The town can now look forward to the return of the event which was postponed last year.

    Paul Regan, of Dillon’s Bar and Restaurant has taken up the mantle of chairman.

    The final schedule will be revealed in the coming weeks and for more information visit; ballinasalmonfestival.ie.

  • Members of the business community in Ballina are seeking a meeting with local elected councillors to outline their frustration with elected councillors’ failure to listen and take on the concerns of businesses in the town, as a new speed limit of 80km per hour is set to be introduced on the N58 main Foxford to Ballyvary road.

    That’s according to the President of Ballina Chamber of Commerce Hugh Rouse.

    Mr Rouse told Midwest News this morning that at last month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District some councillors appeared to question the authenticity of the one thousand signatures secured by Ballina businesses - objecting to the TII decision to reduce the speed limit along this stretch of road that links Ballina to Castlebar.

    The business group had asked councillors to seek a meeting between themselves and the TII to outline in detail business concerns about the reduction to the speed limit proposed.

    Councillors voted not to seek such a meeting between both sides.

    Mr Rouse, who declined to go on air this morning, told Midwest News that Ballina Chamber is the third largest chamber in Connaught and he said it appears that local councillors are not listening to its concerns.

    He added that multinationals and local businesses in Ballina are all concerned about the impact on business if the speed limits are, as planned, reduced from  100km per hour to 80km per hour, along the Foxford to Ballyvary road.