Friday 18 October 2019

Starting or growing a small business? Check out these exciting events at Local Enterprise Week 2019

Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny is one of the many guest speakers appearing at events throughout Local Enterprise Week.
Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny is one of the many guest speakers appearing at events throughout Local Enterprise Week.

If you’re in the process of starting your own business or looking to grow your existing start-up, there are a series of events coming up across Ireland that are designed to help you out.

Local Enterprise Week takes place from March 4 to March 8, with a number of nationwide talks, seminars and workshops designed to help people to make the very most of their new venture. Local Enterprise Week is organised by Local Enterprise Offices, which work with small businesses in every local authority area in Ireland.

Funded through Enterprise Ireland, they provide invaluable support for new businesses, start-ups and small businesses in their local area, giving them access to expert advice, information and practical support that can help their business to thrive.

With that in mind, we’ve picked 12 nationwide events from Local Enterprise Week that will best fit the needs of your start-up or small business.

Carlow: Lean For Micro: Lunch Taster Session
March 4, 12noon – Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road

The Lean programme looks at how businesses can become more efficient without needing significant investment, and Ann Sheahan from software company Entellexi offers her expertise in the field.

Cavan: Funding Your Business
March 4, 9.30am – Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Road

An event designed to inform and advise business owners about the range of funding options available to businesses. With guest speakers from Kelly Rahill & Co Accountants, Microfinance Ireland (MFI), Credit Review Office, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), Revenue, Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Lar Burke & Associates.

Donegal: Peak Performance: Leadership Lessons from Sport
March 8, 10am – Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby player, Tommy Bowe, will be one of the speakers at Peak Performance: Leadership Lessons from Sport. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Anna Geary, Tommy Bowe and Michael Murphy are all household names in their chosen sports, and they speak about the secrets and sacrifices that made them champions as well as the parallels their leadership, sporting approach and achievements have within the business world.

Dublin City: Trading Online Voucher information session
March 5, 9am – Facebook Headquarters, 4 Grand Canal Square

If you’re interested in applying for a Trading Online Voucher for your business, this talk will cover topics like developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business, SEO application process and eligibility criteria.

Dublin South: Leadership Lessons From A Successful Manager
March 4, 7.30am – Red Cow Moran Hotel

Stephen Kenny is the next manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, and he will share his success story so far and explain what makes it takes to be a strong and effective manager.

Galway: Successfully Market Your Business Online
March 4, 8am – The Portershed, Galway

One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses as they start off is getting noticed online. This workshop with John Cleere from Red Lemonade Creative will help business owners to find out more about the Trading Online Voucher scheme, as well as other web/social media supports on offer from their Local Enterprise Office.

Kilkenny: International Women’s Day Networking Event
March 8, 4pm – Anocht Restaurant

A celebration of International Women's Day in association with other agencies including Chamber of Commerce, Network Ireland Kilkenny and Bank of Ireland.

Leitrim: Brexit One To One Clinic
March 6, 10am – The Hive, Carrick On Shannon

Business owners both north and south of the Irish border are anticipating some acute challenges as Britain prepares to leave the EU. This clinic will provide one-to-one mentoring when it comes to facing down any obstacles that Brexit might throw up.

Longford: Strategic Sourcing: Brexit
March 7 and 8, 9.30am – Local Enterprise Office, Longford

This Brexit-focused clinic will offer you one-to-one advice from a strategic sourcing expert. It’s free of charge with the aim of alleviating your concerns as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Monaghan: Retail Outlook with David Fitzsimons
March 4, 6.30pm – Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney

David Fitzsimons is the Group CEO of Retail Excellence, and he will give his outlook for retailers in 2019 and beyond as a result of Brexit and other factors. He will detail what to expect for new retailers, as well as potential opportunities and possible threats.

Roscommon: Microfinance Presentation and LEO Supports Information
March 7, 10am – The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town

A seminar in which Microfinance Ireland will detail how growing business owners can access funds through the government’s Microenterprise Loan Fund, while there will also be a short presentation on the Local Enterprise Office supports available to the Roscommon business community.

Waterford: Perfect Your Sales Pitch
March 6, 9.30am – Granville Hotel, Waterford City

Dermot O’Reilly will teach participants how to define and deliver their business concept using arresting visuals and a concise presentation strategy.

Local Enterprise Offices are celebrating Local Enterprise Week with over 370 events across the country designed to help local businesses plan, start and grow in 2019.

To find out what events are happening near you for Local Enterprise Week and to book your place, visit the Local Enterprise Office website.

[Funding for Local Enterprise Offices, which work in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and local authorities, is provided by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.]

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