Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group was delighted to sponsor this year’s Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual Dinner held in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo on 9th November 2013.
The Guest of Honour for the evening was An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD who received a standing ovation from the 300 guests in attendance from the business, media, political and academic community in County Sligo.
In his address, the Taoiseach issued a challenge to the business community of the North West of Ireland to “Set out your vision for 2020, be ambitious, think on a regional basis and the Government will support you”.
For Niall Murray, General Manager of Collins McNicholas, “this support from the Government is welcomed and is a challenge that will undoubtedly be met by the business community in the region”.
In his speech at the event, Niall Murray acknowledged Paul Keyes, CEO of the Chamber for his work in developing a “strong and vibrant chamber to represent the views and needs of the business community in the town and county of Sligo at a Local, Regional and National level.”
Niall also thanked the invaluable contributions of John Nugent, North West Regional Manager of the IDA and Niall McEvoy, IT Sligo for their critical roles in attracting new business and FDI to the region.
Special guests in attendance on the night were Overstock.com who had travelled from Salt Lake City USA for the event. Overstock.com recently started up its first European base in Sligo with the aim of creating 45 new jobs. Collins McNicholas is partnering with Overstock.com to recruit for these new jobs.
Welcoming the Overstock.com guests, Niall Murray said “the decision of Overstock to set up a software development centre in Sligo is a fantastic endorsement of Sligo as a place to do business and I have no doubt they will grow from strength to strength in Sligo”.
On the night, Antoinette O’Flaherty Regional Manager with Collins McNicholas Sligo presented the 2013 Sligo Chamber Business Person of the Year to Jim O’Regan Site Director of Abbvie Pharmaceuticals.
Also in attendance from Collins McNicholas were Managing Director Colman Collins and his wife Marie and Chairman Padraic White and his wife Senator Mary White.