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Local Enterprise Week is launched

Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has launched a series of exciting business events and initiatives to take place across the County during Local Enterprise Week (LEW), which is happening between March 2 and 6, this year.

LEW Fingal features a host of events and activities that are aimed at stimulating business activity locally, in conjunction with various key business support organisations and state agencies, including: Enterprise Ireland, Plato Dublin, Chambers of Commerce, Enterprise Centres, Empower, IBM Ireland and PayPal Ireland among others.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien highlighted the necessity for all small enterprises to use the opportunity as a platform for accelerating business growth: 'Through our Local Enterprise Office, Fingal County Council is providing vital services and assistance to our local businesses, ensuring that they are availing of the array of state supports on offer. We want to ensure that our SMEs are well equipped to identify and take advantage of programmes and supports available to them through the LEO and other state bodies.'

AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, said: 'In Fingal, we strive to create a dynamic environment conducive to business growth and local job creation. Local Enterprise Week is an excellent opportunity to network, keep up with developments and find the right supports for your business. I am particularly pleased to see so many of our state agencies and business organisations supporting Local Enterprise Week this year.'

Oisin Geoghegan, Chair of the LEO Network and Head of Enterprise in Fingal said: 'We have a great selection of opportunities for anyone involved in an existing business or a start-up. The events are occurring in various locations throughout Fingal. As with previous years, most of these events will be fully booked out in advance, so we are encouraging anyone interested in participating to book a place as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.'

The week kicks off on a high on Monday morning, March 2 with an intensive half-day Business Start-up Bootcamp in Newbridge House in Donabate.

On day two, local businesses will join Fingal Dublin Chamber for a networking breakfast focusing on several successful entrepreneurs, called 'Behind the Business' in Malahide. At lunchtime, Plato Dublin will be running a seminar helping businesses to prepare for growth at the IBM Campus in Damastown. And in the evening 'Empower Fingal' will host an Ethnic Enterprise Expo.

Wednesday will see three events taking place, with the LINC in Blanchardstown running a seminar in the morning for start-ups seeking to raise finance. Meanwhile in the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown, Enterprise Ireland will host an informative event explaining how companies can benefit from accessing innovation grants to fund their continued growth. There will also be a full-day Brexit workshop happening at the BEaT Centre in Balbriggan.

On Thursday morning, Balbriggan Chamber will host a business networking seminar while LEO Fingal funs a workshop on financial skills for SMEs. The Fingal Enterprise Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday evening in County Hall Swords, where the best of Fingal entrepreneurship will be celebrated. Local Enterprise Week finishes up on Friday, with a Trading Online Voucher (TOV) seminar, at the Riasc Centre in Swords, and at lunchtime the Fingal Enterprising Women Network, run by LEO Fingal, will celebrate International Women's Day with a special business networking lunch at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, featuring acclaimed chef and food entrepreneur Catherine Fulvio.

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