Businesses show their wares at Tralee event

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:36

CLOSE to sixty businesswomen from across Kerry and representing all sectors of industry gathered in Tralee last Wednesday night to take part in a major business showcase and networking event.

CLOSE to sixty businesswomen from across Kerry and representing all sectors of industry gathered in Tralee last Wednesday night to take part in a major business showcase and networking event.

The showcase was the first county wide event organised by the new look Kerry Businesswomen's Network, which was recently taken over by businesswoman Liz Maher of solar energy company PowerOn and solicitor and law lecturer Miriam McGillycuddy and is seeking to dramatically expand its membership across the county.

The Business Showcase at the Carlton saw members of the KBN and a number of other female businesses owners from across the county owners showcase their business to the general public. Businesses all over Kerry took part in the event which was organised to demonstrate the diversity of skills available to Kerry businesses today.

Staged as part of the Kerry County Enterprise Boards Enterprise Week the showcase highlighted businesses from a huge range of sectors ranging from graphic design, printing and personal coaching to fashion retail, craft, health, hospitality, beauty and IT.

As well as a number of high profile and longstanding businesses, the showcase also included several high potential start up companies and a number of entrepreneurs who attended the event for research purposes and to test the popularity and viability of the business ideas.

Organiser and KBN co-chair Liz Maher said the network was delighted with the success of the event, which drew large crowds from the general public and the wider business community, and were hoping to stage another similar showcase in the future.

"It's went very well and we had a great turnout, actually much larger than we'd originally expected," she said.

"The whole idea was to foster positivity and put out some good news. A lot of people think there's nothing happening right now except businesses closing down and that's not the case at all. There are a lot of new businesses opening up and many existing businesses are doing well and hiring as we speak," she said.

"We also wanted to showcase the huge range of businesses and services that are available in Kerry. A lot of people go outside Kerry for certain services because they don't realise that what they're looking for is actually right her on their doorstep," said Liz Maher.

Kerryman

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