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LEO Wicklow's Start Your Business course will focus on greenways and blueways.

LEO Wicklow's Start Your Business course will focus on greenways and blueways.

LEO Wicklow's Start Your Business course will focus on greenways and blueways.

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Entrepreneurs planning to build an eco-tourism, recreation or hospitality business can take part in a new workshop focused on greenways and blueways.

Greenways are planned for Blessington, Arklow to Shillelagh, Wicklow to Greystones with other routes in the county under consideration.

The proposed County Wicklow Bright-light Blueway will create five blueway nodes which could lead  to increased participation in coastal outdoor recreation along the county’s coast. Each node will have a defined access point to the sea, a supporting trailhead, signage and interpretation information. The proposed nodes for this project are Arklow and surrounding beaches/harbour, Wicklow, Kilcoole, Greystones and Bray.

LEO Wicklow recognises greenways could provide a significant opportunity to build a business by brining increasing numbers of Irish and international tourists to the county and has designed a workshop series to reflect this.

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The Start Your Own Business course will cover all of the core topics from ideation through to business planning. It will focus on giving participants the skills, knowledge and attitude to determine if entrepreneurship is right for them, and if so how to launch a business for success.

This programme will be specific to those with an interest in seizing the opportunity present within the county’s tourism industry through the development of greenways and blueways.

The sessions will focus on the key elements of starting a business, but the unique slant of each session will be on the opportunities in the eco-tourism area, with specific case studies and guest speakers from the industry to share their knowledge and resources available. Additionally, issues of seasonal/tourism impact on planning, insurance issues for high-risk activities and other topics specific to this type of business will be addressed.

The programme also aims to create an ongoing peer support network and cluster of SMEs who are focused on projects within the same sector. There is the added possibility of collaboration in terms of new product or service development as participants explore the ideation process. Participants may also support each other in the early years of business through referrals and other sales and marketing collaboration.

The ten-week programme will be delivered online from Tuesday, March 1 to Tuesday, May 3.


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