Tue, 11/02/2020 - 15:17

The first week in March will see small businesses and budding entrepreneurs gather across the country for Local Enterprise Week 2020.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, thousands of attendees are expected at over 300 events across the country during the week aimed at supporting small businesses and fostering entrepreneurship.

The programme events being run by Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West for Local Enterprise Week 2020 has been launched and with a range of events taking place from the 2nd – 6th March, there is something for everyone.  On Monday 2nd March, a Speed Networking Event “The Only Way is Up” with key note Speaker Pat Falvey in Springfort Hall Mallow will take place from 8am to 11am.

Website Advice Clinics will take place in Fermoy, and Business Advice Clinics in Mallow.

An Information Day in Charleville Park Hotel on March 3rd  10 steps to Self Employment will allow participants the opportunity, with the guidance of an expert in the business development sector, to recognise the Good Business Practices necessary to develop and drive forward their business to realise their potential.

A trading online voucher information seminar will take place in Mitchelstown’s Firgrove Hotel on March 4th. The vouchers are used to support small business looking to enhance their online trading presence. The vouchers offer financial assistance of 50% of expenditure to trade online, up to a maximum of €2500. Come along to the seminar to find out if your business is eligible for this funding.

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The week is an opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to sample the range of supports that are on offer from their Local Enterprise Office related to a whole host of areas. This will include financial supports, selling, networking, Brexit support, social media workshops, LEAN programmes and sessions dealing with how to make your business more sustainable.

Kevin Curran Head of Enterprise said “Local Enterprise Week is a chance for small businesses and for those possible future start-ups to see the full range of supports out there for them.  No matter what their business challenge or sector, the Local Enterprise Offices will be putting on events for everyone, be it LEAN workshops, pitch training, trading online, sales and marketing, mastering social media, or simply, how to start a business, then it will be covered.  It is also a great chance to network and broaden your connections in business so use it to the advantage of your business or business idea.”

Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, in welcoming the initiative, noted that

“Entrepreneurs play a vital and essential role in communities throughout Cork. They stimulate the economy, create jobs, and represent the best of Cork, our people and products, on a local, national, and global stage. I am proud of the work that Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Offices do in supporting local businesses and I look forward to continuing to work with them in support of our wider community.”

Successful local entrepreneur’s such as Marek Szepietowski from the award winning Health & Safety Publications, Mallow, will also be lending their support to Local Enterprise Week.

Mr. Szepietowski said;

“Local Enterprise Week is a huge opportunity for any small business, even if you are only beginning, to think about starting a business.  You can get out there, see the wealth of supports on offer, the networks of mentors, experts and other businesses who can help you and take advantage.  The Local Enterprise Office is the best resource out there for a new business, so get out on Local Enterprise Week and see what it can do for you.”

The Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support over 7,000 small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide.  Since their establishment in 2014 they have helped create over 18,000 jobs and provide a range of supports to small businesses including mentoring, training and sector specific experts to help guide businesses at any stage of their development.