Wednesday 21 August 2019

Business development programme in call for female entrepreneurs

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Going for Growth, a business development programme for female entrepreneurs, is looking for applicants for the latest cycle of its initiative.

The six-month programme, now in its tenth year, provides female entrepreneurs with peer support in a collaborative environment, with entrepreneurs supporting fellow entrepreneurs.

Over the course of the part-time programme, participants work in round table sessions led by successful female entrepreneurs and businesswomen who share their experience and insights with the group.

As part of the sessions, the groups examine and address the issues and challenges faced in driving business growth.

“Our mission is to support female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions and to get more female owner managers into a growth frame of mind. We have demonstrated over many cycles that the collaborative peer based approach really works and delivers significant results for the entrepreneurs and their businesses,” Paula Fitzsimons, national director of Going for Growth, said.

The Enterprise Ireland and KPMG sponsored programme, which is free to those who are selected to participate, is open to female entrepreneurs from across all sectors whose companies are strongly focussed on growth.

Ideally the entrepreneurs businesses will be well established and will have been in existence for at least two years.

To-date over 500 entrepreneurs have participated in the programme, and in the most recent cycle the 78 participants reported an increase in their combined sales of over €20m over the six months of the cycle, bringing their total sales to in excess of €136m.

In addition, the participants employed an additional 187 people full-time during the cycle, bringing their combined total to 1,250 people employed, an increase of 17.5pc over the six month cycle.

“Going for Growth provides you with an opportunity to meet and work with inspirational women who are experiencing the same entrepreneurial highs and lows as you are. They have your back and are pushing you on to further success by sharing their insights, experiences and contacts,” Julie Currid of Initiafy and a past participant of Going for Growth, said.

The programme will run from January to June next year and the deadline for applications to the programme is 8 December.

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