Economic Development and Enterprise

Beacon Retail Programme

Cork County Council’s Beacon Retail Programme was launched in September 2013 and is available to any customer-facing business. The Beacon Retail programme's primary aim was to bring in outside Retail Experts to work with Retailers in our towns throughout the County over a 4 month period and help them build a 12 to 18-month strategic growth plan for their businesses.

To date, the Council and its teams of Retail Consultants have worked with over 260 Retail businesses across 18 towns in the County with significant results being achieved. A significant benefit that was realised across the 18 towns where the programme ran was the coming together of the independent retailers to work together as a cohesive unit for the benefit of the town. This programme has evolved as it has been rolled out taking on board the lessons learned.

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