Over the past two days Castleblayney has been abuzz with all things business related in the County of Monaghan. The “We Mean Business” Exhibition took place at Drumillard Business Park and focused on a broad business spectrum of exhibitors including: manufacturing, retail, food, IT, banking, agriculture, tourism and hospitality within the County.
With over 80 exhibitors from this assorted sector, several multinational companies and international distributors took part including Combilift, Kingspan and The Shabra Group.
The Craft Sector was also very well represented with an emphasis on niche products and bespoke crafts that featured at the exhibition and were on display at the various craft stands.
Running parallel to the whole event was a packed programme of guest speakers, demonstrations and family entertainment. The guest speakers included Martin McVicar of Combilift who described how a specialised Monaghan business can move onto and perform excellently on the world stage.
James Shiels of Coder Dojo spoke on the increasingly popular and important area of coding. Here he described the process of inputting computer game code to actively playing them.
Craft Butchers with Chef Adrian provided a cookery demonstration as part of Saturday’s programme of events with particular focus on healthy living and how this relates to the food we prepare and eat.
Sunday saw a great line up of entertainment including a fashion show, Irish dancing, face painting, line dancing and a very special performance from YouTube sensation Marty Mone singing his well known song “Hit the Diff”. We also welcomed the arrival of the members of the Monaghan and Ulster winning team, who signed autographs whilst showcasing their victory trophy the Anglo Celt Cup.
The whole weekend lived up to its promise and was a very informative, fun, memorable event, showcasing Monaghan as the County for business, a county that can compete in the business world with the very best whilst at the same time featuring the uniqueness of its culture and entertainment, something we are renowned for.