Bray has been selected to represent Wicklow in this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018.

The National Enterprise Town awards, run by Bank of Ireland, which is in its third year aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in towns and villages across Ireland, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

The very best of what Bray has to offer will be showcased to a panel of judges visiting the town next week as part of the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018.

Representatives from the local authority, the business sector and community groups will make a presentation next Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at the Mermaid Arts Centre. The theme of the presentation will highlight how businesses and community groups are working together with the Municipal District and State agencies to contribute to the overall enterprising nature of the town.

The judges will be also taken on a whistle-stop tour of the town with planned visits to Oriflame Research and Development Centre, Little Bray Community Centre, River Dargle Flood Protection, Florentine Shopping Centre construction site and the Cowfish restaurant.

Cllr. Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District said, “I am delighted that Bray has been nominated for these awards. It is really an excellent opportunity to be able to showcase our thriving town and demonstrate how our collaborative approach with the local authority, business and the wider community ensures its success.”

About the awards

The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is designed to recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. The competition is held in collaboration with local authorities across Ireland.

The overall winner of the awards in 2017 was Tralee in County Kerry along with category winners the Dublin Docklands, Cootehill in County Cavan, Mullingar in County Westmeath, and Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim.

County Wicklow was well represented with Blessington winning the Leinster award in the 3,000 to 5,000 population category and Greystones being awarded second runner-up in the over 7,000 population category.

In total, 38 towns shared in the overall prize fund at the 2017 awards.

90 towns and villages will be judged in this year’s awards. There is a total prize fund of €157,000 with the overall winner receiving a cash prize totalling €33,000.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony taking place at The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on November 28, 2018.


The Bray National Enterprise Town Awards application is supported by Bray Chamber, Wicklow County Council and is a trading name of Bray Tourism.

Join the conversation – Our event hashtags are #BrayWorking & #NationalEnterpriseTownAwards2018

Bank of Ireland Twitter handle – @bankofireland /



Spread the word. Share this post!