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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Enterprise week to put focus on local business

Published 03/09/2013|05:32

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FINGAL'S small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will take centre stage at this year's Fingal Enterprise Week.

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FINGAL'S small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will take centre stage at this year's Fingal Enterprise Week.

Now in its seventh year, the five-day event which runs from September 30 to October 4, will host over 20 major business events as well as workshops, mentoring clinics and networking opportunities across the region.

With Irish consumers now recording 'above average ownership of technology devices', the technology sector will be a key focus through events such as an Online Masterclass hosted by PayPal and eBay as well as Mobile Technology and Social Media Masterclasses helping small business develop capabilities in new technologies.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the 'Start your Own Business Bootcamp', sponsored by the Vodafone Smart StartUp Network, will offer key insights into the practicalities of starting a business while 'Accessing Finance to Grow Your Business' will be an interactive session, featuring real-life case studies.

Both new and established businesses will welcome the opportunity on day one to gain insights from Senator Feargal Quinn, guest speaker at the 'Great Customer Care Builds Strong Business' event, while RTE's Keelin Shanley will host the networking highlight of the week at Fingal County Hall where the winner of the 2013 Fingal Enterprise Award will also be announced.

Food and tourism will be in the spotlight at the Dublin Food Chain event, which is open to businesses in the food, travel and tourism sectors, in addition to events focussed on exporting, procurement and pitching for investment. Free business advice clinics, staffed by experienced business mentors will also be available throughout the week.

Launching the details for Fingal Enterprise Week in Dublin today, Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board, said: 'Small businesses and new start-ups can flourish in Fingal but key supports delivered at a local level are vital. In today's fast moving, globally-focused markets, it can be difficult for entrepreneurs, established or aspiring, to see where the opportunities for improvement and growth are.'

He added: 'Working in tandem with other state support agencies and key companies in the region, Fingal Enterprise Week 2013 will focus on helping small business owners and new start-ups develop expertise in areas of business that will both support and drive growth, laying the foundations for long term successful enterprises."

Organised and coordinated by Fingal County Enterprise Board, Fingal Enterprise Week 2013 is sponsored by Vodafone Ireland, Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland and Regus with Newstalk as official media partner.

Online bookings and more information on the full schedule is available at www.fingalenterpriseweek.ie

Places are limited and only nominal fees apply so early booking is advised.

The official Facebook account is www.facebook/FingalCountyEnterpriseBoard, Twitter is @Fingalceb and the official hashtag #few2013.

Fingal Independent

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