Tuesday 20 August 2019

Enteprising women have their day!

National women's enterprise day officially launched and set to inspire women entrepreneurs across Fingal

By John Manning

National Women's Enterprise Day (NWED) is set to take place on October 17 this year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown and is promising to be the biggest and best yet.

An annual initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), NWED is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities; and aims to inspire, encourage and assist women across Ireland in setting up and running their own business.

This year, Fingal LEO will organise the biggest women's networking event in the country, with what they promise will be 'a fast-moving, exciting and intensive morning that is simply unmissable for Dublin's women in business!'

The theme of this year's Women's Enterprise Day is 'Making It Happen' and the programme includes a variety of guest speakers, female entrepreneurs, lively panel discussion, small-business case studies, an exhibition of enterprise support agencies as well as plenty of opportunities to network with other female entrepreneurs and business owners.

Gathering at the announcement and official launch of 'NWED Dublin' in Dublin were some keynote speakers and panellists that will feature at the event itself in the Autumn.

Celebrated TV and radio broadcaster Kathryn Thomas of Operation Transformation and The Voice of Ireland fame was announced as this year's NWED Master of Ceremonies, while a number of inspiring speakers from several business sectors were also unveiled including: Siobhan Murray, author and resilience coach; Karoline Keeling, CEO of Keelings; Jo Harpur, CEO of Jo Harpur Jewellery; Krissy Gibson, CEO of Take the Cake; Niamh Sherwin-Barry; Director of the Irish Fairy Door Company and Melanie Boylan, Director of STOMP Social Media Training.

Commenting on the plans for NWED this year, Chair of the LEO Network and Head of Enterprise in Fingal, Oisín Geoghegan highlighted that this year's NWED in Dublin will be the biggest ever: 'We have an amazing line-up of speakers and contributors planned for NWED this year, and you can expect a few more surprise announcements in the coming weeks and months.

'We aim to make this the best, the biggest and the most vibrant business networking and learning event for female entrepreneurs this year.'

Manager of the Fingal Enterprising Women Network, Sharon Rossignuolo further added: 'Whether you are an aspiring female entrepreneur or already have a business, NWED Dublin promises to be a fantastic day with lots of advice and business insights on offer.

'Most importantly it is a great opportunity to make valuable business contacts.'

The organisers say NWED promises a packed and memorable morning.

The event is subsidised by the LEOs and a limited number of fully inclusive early bird tickets for the Dublin NWED are available over the Summer at only €25.

They can be booked on!JIDNFP. Places are limited so early booking is strongly advised.

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Fingal is part of a network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, located within the Local Authority structure.

The role of the LEO is to support and provide assistance to existing and potential small business promoters located in Fingal, North County Dublin.

In addition, the Fingal LEO aims to foster the development of an enterprise culture. The LEOs operate under a Service level Agreement with Enterprise Ireland. Local Enterprise Office Fingal is funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

National Women's Enterprise Day (NWED) is an annual celebration of female entrepreneurship. It involves a series of business events organised by the Network of 31 LEOs which all take place on the same day and are aimed specifically at female entrepreneurs.

In 2019, NWED occurs on October 17 all over Ireland and on this date the four LEOs in the Dublin region (Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin and DLR) will jointly host one major regional networking event and this is poised to be the biggest female business networking event in the country in 2019. The event will be hosted by Kathryn Thomas and features a host of inspirational entrepreneurs and contributors. It commences early morning and concludes after lunch. NWED is geared at enabling and encouraging networking and business learning among female entrepreneurs as well as helping to inspire.

Fingal Independent