UP to 1,500 business people attended the recent Fingal Enterprise Week with information and advice which will help their development and ultimately lead to job creation.
Organised by Fingal County Enterprise Board, 15 major events held during the week attracted owner/managers of small businesses and people interested in starting a business from Fingal and beyond. A range of seminars and panel discussions provided invaluable information and opportunities to entrepreneurs.
Some 200 people gathered at the opening event, 'Working in a Digital Age' at the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, which focussed on how the online era is changing the shape of business. Wednesday was another busy day, with owners and managers being put through their paces at the 'Business Start-Up Bootcamp' at the Hilton Hotel Dublin Airport, ' Business Start-Up Evening Clinics' and ' Fingal Women in Business' event in Swords. The week concluded with 'My Biggest Challenges' in Sutton and 'National 50+ Enterprise Day', which attracted delegates from across Ireland to Blanchardstown.
Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board said: 'We were delighted that many larger companies including IBM, Paypal and Keelings bought into Fingal Enterprise Week, by sharing their skills and expertise with smaller business owners and managers. Many successful entrepreneurs including Nicola Byrne from 11890 and Tom Keogh from Keoghs Crisps shared the secrets of their success with practical advice and key tips to new and fledgling companies.' Mr Geoghegan added: ' The week was all about stimulating enterprise with the aim of creating new jobs and promoting opportunities in the region.
The week featured a series of practical seminars and interactive sessions on starting up a business, taxation, communications, exporting, digital media and many more topics from a range of top drawer speakers and panellists. But another important aspect was networking, sharing information and developing contacts, linking thousands of businesses together.' Fingal County Enterprise Board provides ongoing training programmes in a range of areas for small businesses. Further information is available at www.fingalceb.ie