As part of the Ennis Age-Friendly Town initiative, 14 businesses were acknowledged as Age Friendly at an event in the Woodstock Hotel in Ennis on Thursday 4th November.
This initiative is part of the national Business Recognition Programme by Age Friendly Ireland who recognise that older people account for up to 50% of consumer spending. All of the Ennis businesses involved received special online training earlier this year by Orlaith Carmody, Age Friendly Ireland Business Consultant, to help them develop their actions.
Clare Age Friendly Ambassador, Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing), congratulated the businesses on the actions they have implemented for their older customers. He presented each business with a framed Age Friendly Charter which the businesses will display at their premises to signal the value of the custom they receive from their older clients.
Karen Fennessy, Clare Age Friendly Programme Manager for Clare County Council said “The businesses in Ennis have really embraced this initiative by developing low cost / no cost actions to deliver great customer service to older people. They understand that the growing demographic of older people in Ireland delivers a lucrative market that is increasing all the time.”
Margaret O’Brien, CEO of Ennis Chamber stated “The Age Friendly businesses being acknowledged today are at the forefront of delivering an improved customer service experience to older people in Ennis. For the first time this year we have included an ‘Age Friendly’ category in our Chamber Awards held last week. I would urge other businesses to implement their actions and receive the same acknowledgment”.
Mike Hanrahan praised the Clare Age Friendly Programme and Ennis Chamber of Commerce for developing this initiative in Ennis.