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BALLINASLOE AREA COMMUNTY DEVELOPMENT LTD.

The company was established in 1999 by Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce, Ballinasloe Credit Union, Ballinasloe Town Council, Creagh Community Development and members of the public which constitute the 'Membership'.

The main aim of BACD Ltd is to create sustainable employment within the community and the company aims to achieve this by promoting enterprise and supporting projects that encourage investment into the Ballinasloe area.

BACD Ltd is a not for profit entity with charitable status. The Board of Directors are elected each year at the annual general meeting and the board consists of representatives from each of the five partners listed below, all of whom give their time voluntarily.  A company manager is employed by BACD to implement the strategic decisions of the board, manage the Enterprise Centre and promote and support local community projects.

PARTNERS

Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce

Ballinasloe Credit Union

Galway County Council (Ballinasloe Town Council)

Creagh Community Development

Public Membership

Board of Directors 2017

Galway County Council- Donal Burke

Ballinasloe Credit Union - Seamus Kelly

Creagh Community Development Council - Dan Dowling

Membership - Seamus Duffy - Chairperson

Membership - Paul Hargadon

Membership - Michael Dolan

Co-opted Directors - Noel Madden, Ann Conlon, John Mc Kenna, Joe Lyons, Pearce Keller and Kevin Broderick.

Company Secretary - Lyn Donnelly

Company Manager - Lyn Donnelly

BALLINASLOE ENTERPRISE CENTRE

The centre is located in Creagh, Ballinasloe, was purchased by BACD Ltd in 1999 and has been extensively renovated over the past number of years.  This project has been supported by Enterprise Ireland, Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development, Ballinasloe Credit Union and Creagh Community Development.

The centre is now a bustling community, home to seventeen enterprises employing in excess of 180 people contributing to the local Ballinasloe economy.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Best Competition - Ballinasloe Entrepreneurial Skills Tournament BEST which is an event that invites participation from all students in 5 local secondary Schools. This event is now commencing its seventh year and is designed to challenge students to develop innovative and entrepreneurial business ideas and 'sell' them to a panel of judges.  It is organised by the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and sponsored by the Ballinasloe Credit Union

Flood Relief - Bacd Ltd appointed the centre manager as the Flood Alleviation Co-ordinator when Ballinasloe suffered from the floods in November 2009.

RAPID - Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development Programme is a focused Government initiative to target the 45 most disadvantaged areas in the country.  Ballinasloe being one of them.  The Programme aims to ensure that priority attention is given to tackling the spatial concentration of poverty and social exclusion through targeting state resources, available under the National Development Plan. Bacd Ltd. are a member of the Area Implementation Team for the Ballinasloe RAPID

Ballinasloe Area Economic Action Programme - Bacd Ltd are members of this group.  This Programme has been prepared under the umbrella of RAPID and highlights the macro and micro actions that are required to be delivered in Ballinasloe and the immediate hinterland, with designated lead agents and partners.  The Macro objectives deal with the promotion of Ballinasloe as a location to increase employment opportunities and improve commuter rail services.  Micro objectives cover the Promotion of the Town, Tourism Development, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Training & Employment, Social Infrastructure & Capital.  Implementation of this Programme has already commenced.
CECA West - Community Enterprise Centre Association - A support and network group for Enterprise Centre Managers and Board Members.  This group meets regularly in different enterprise centres, normally having a speaker attend with a topical issue followed by a tour of the particular facility. 

MEMBERSHIP

There are many other projects that Bacd Ltd. would like to implement but we need your help - we need more members. The company has charitable status and is limited by guarantee so Bacd Ltd. does not have share capital but allocates membership rights on the basis of an annual fee being paid.  The annual membership fees are ring-fenced for specific community projects approved by the board of directors.
 
In becoming a member of Bacd Ltd. you may attend regular meetings of the Company and help us with project groups sharing your vision for the development of where you live. You will be entitled to elect  three community members at  the AGM to Directorship and may also put your own name forward for  nomination.

Other benefits of Membership include

  • Invitation to free events
  • Being able to contribute to your local community through lending your voice on the Board of  Directors and at the AGM
  • Participation in proposed members section on www.ballinasloeenterprisecentre.ie

Click here to download a membership application form...

 
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Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd., Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre,
Creagh, Ballinasloe. Co Galway Tel: 090 9646516 Fax: 090 9646517 Email: info@ballinasloeenterprisecentre.ie
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