Twenty three small companies from Carlow, from children's swing manufacturers to alarm installers, are grouping together to showcase their businesses at the biggest agricultural event in the country - the National Ploughing Championships in nine weeks time.Over the three day event, from September 20th to 22nd, an estimated 180,000 visitors will travel to Athy in Co. Kildare. Of those, organisers at the Carlow County Enterprise Board and Carlow Chamber are expecting 40,000 people to visit the 'Experience Carlow' stand alone.
Giving a sneak preview of some of their latest products and services at Duckett's Grove Estate in Carlow today (July 20th), the companies are predicting combined sales of at least €250,000 at the landmark September event in neighbouring Kildare.
Representing diverse businesses across technology, tourism, food, scientific testing, giftware, home security, furniture and construction, all businesses are being assisted and supported by the local Enterprise Board and Chamber.
Speaking earlier today, Michael Kelly, C.E.O. of Carlow County Enterprise Board, said: "This is an extra special year for the National Ploughing Association, marking their 80th anniversary. Over that time, the championships have been central to the growth of rural industry and Irish agriculture."
He added: "The annual event represents an ideal selling platform for small Irish businesses, looking to gain new customers in this tough trading climate. We estimate that the 'Experience Carlow' stand alone will generate €250,000 worth of sales over the three days, helping to sustain and grow small businesses and jobs across the region."
This is the third year that the Carlow County Enterprise Board and Carlow Chamber have organised a showcase of local businesses at the National Ploughing Championships. In 2010, 40,000 members of the public visited the Carlow Stand.