Achievements by the BBN
Together with the Bradley Brand, the BBN developed a new logo for Blackrock following many months of development and extensive consultation with members of the Blackrock Business Community. The logo is contemporary, warm, and a subtle variation on the Blackrock Dolmen by Rowan Gillespie which depicts three elegantly elongated bronze figures holding ip a large capstone to symbolise the essence of Blackrock.
New website launched for the Blackrock Business Network has a number of new features and benefits for members including an up to date news feed and a directory listing all businesses.
The Village Square has had a very comprehensive renovation and together with attractive planting and high quality street furniture is a huge improvement on the previous cold and grey appearance.
The BBN together with DLRCoCo in 2015 identified 6 "Welcome to Blackrock Village" signage locations: Barclay Court Junction, Newtown Ave/Seapoint Rd Junction, Bath Place, Mount Merrion Ave/Rock Rd Junctions, Rock Rd at Blackrock Park entrance and Carysfort Ave/Frascati Rd Junction. The signs are now in place and give Blackrock Village a much more appealing and welcome first impression. Further long overdue signage has been developed at the DART station and at various points in the Village.
Investment & Planning
Blackrock village... We've got it all launch event took place in November 2015 to promote Blackrock village as an established business location of choice and to highlight the commercial benefits of locating in Blackrock.
DART Maritime Garden
Following discussions with Irish Rail and as a result of the generosity of Windy Ridge Garden Center, a very attractive maritime Garden was developed in 2015 close to the entrance to the DART station.
We are always looking at ways of attracting people into Blackrock and one of these ways was the development of a new Village Brochure in early 2015. This took a lot of work with graphic designers over many months and our first print run of 10,000 copies has been distributed far and wide to hotels, tourist centers, etc.
The BBN commissioned an IPSOS/MRBI survey in 2015 aimed at identifying impediments to shopping in Blackrock. The results have been very telling and informative and are forming the basis for future BBN projects aimed at promoting business in the Village.
Local Area Plan Submission
The BBN drafted in 2014 a very robust submission to the Council in response to their floating of the draft Local Area Plan. A small committee worked very hard on this and provided the Council with a very comprehensive and credible submission.
Future Projects & Events
Seafront & Blackrock Park: The BBN is always looking at ways to improve business in Blackrock and to improve Blackrock as a better place in which to live, work and shop. Two aspects of the Local Area Plan (LAP) submission that are at the top of our agenda are the development of our urban seafront and the development of better access to Blackrock Park. Development of this local potential is a must if we want to make Blackrock the attractive and striking location it should be.
Blackrock Bloomsday: Bloomsday in Blackrock is fast becoming a very important date on the artistic calendar. Over the past number of years a Play on Ulysses adapted and directed by Nastaise Leddy and Iris Park has had rave reviews and attracted large crowds to the Village Square. The BBN very enthusiastically supports the continued success of this event in Blackrock.
Other Events: With the newly revamped Village Square there is a lot of potential to stage open air events and the BBN is looking at a number of possibilities, top of these being an event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Over the years, strong working relationships have been established with key stakeholders to ensure regular and productive liaison on issues that affect the area.
The Blackrock Business Network is a non-profit, voluntary body representing the interests of businesses in Blackrock village and the surrounding area.
Current Board: Chairman Tom Feeney; Secretary Vivienne Bradley; Treasurer Brendan McLoughlin; Elected Members: Jim Kenny, Mary Boissel, Nicki Cloonan, Jane Carroll, Joel Durand.
BBN’s mission is to maintain, develop and promote Blackrock village as a centre of excellence in which to start, sustain and grow your business.
The BBN is committed to:
- Lobbying the relevant bodies for resolutions that concern businesses in Blackrock such as infrastructure provision, transportation, traffic congestion, etc.
- Meeting regularly, in particular with Senior Officials from DLRCoCo, in addition to Public Representatives, An Garda Siochana, and other business groups and stakeholders.
- Providing support on any issues you may have it your area.
- Networking by hosting events to bring the business community together.
- Communication in order to keep members updates on news and events and also updates in new ongoing issues in blackrock.
- Promotion Blackrock for investment to ensure the growth and sustainability of the area.