Cork County Council Beacon Initiative Retail Programme

Cork County Council Beacon Initiative Retail Programme

Retail Programme Macroom

The Retail Programme was developed to assist retailers to revitalise and grow their business, by analysing all aspects of running a retail business, making expert recommendations and working on a 12 -18 month strategic plan to sustain and take their business to the next level.

The programme is run by an appointed team of leading retail experts and since it was launched in September 2013, it has been rolled out to 8 towns in the County to date, with 15 retailers participating in the initiative from each location.

The Retail Programme offers the business owner the opportunity to “step back” from their business and with the assistance of an external advisor, identify the key challenges they are facing. 

The latest retail programme was successfully rolled out in Macroom.

Following on from its recent success in various towns across the County, the Beacon Initiative would like to invite retailers based in Kinsale, to attend a public meeting on Monday February 2nd in Actons Hotel, at 7pm.

This meeting is open to all customer facing business in the area and will be presented by Padraig O’ Sullivan, Beacon Initiative Programme Manager.  Retailers will be given the opportunity to hear first hand how the programme may be of benefit to their business and how it can be tailored to meet their specific business challenges.



  • Discussing best retail principles.
  • Building a long term and realistic strategic plan for your business.
  • Taking time to work ON your business rather than IN your business.

To date over 135 business have taken part in the programme across the county including; Butchers, Florist, Furniture Stores, Gift Stores, Garden Centres, Hair Salons, Travel Agents, Insurance Brokers, Public Houses, Cafes, Restaurants, Hardware Stores, Filling Station, Driving Schools, Undertakers, Convenience Stores, Adventure Stores, Pharmacies, Plant Hire, Menswear, Opticians, Credit Unions and many more.

The programme is subsidised by CORK COUNTY COUNCIL’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND  and will run over a 5 month period.  To ensure the programmes success, places are limited to just 15 businesses.

For further information on the event, please contact Padraig O’ Sullivan on 021 4285140   / 087-773 0019 or Email