Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy with Ita Madden, Local Enterprise Office, Cork City; Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City and Jonathan Healy, Healy Communications. Photo: Clare Keogh

Build resilience with Donnacha

Irish rugby legend Donncha O’Callaghan will add his considerable bulk to a panel of well-known Cork entrepreneurs who will highlight the importance of resilience in business.

This lunchtime event has been organised by Local Enterprise Office, Cork City for Local Enterprise Week 2024.

Local Enterprise Week runs from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March with a mixture of in-person and online events which are all free to attend but people must register online to attend. Resilience For Business Success takes place on Friday 8 March at the Vienna Woods Hotel. Broadcaster and author Donncha O’Callaghan will be joined by founder of Poppulo, Andrew O’Shaughnessy and Managing Director and owner of Vibes and Scribes, Joan Lucey. Broadcaster and communications expert Jonathan Healy of Healy Communications, will MC the event.

Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, said: “LEO Cork City is aware of the challenges that businesses face such as recruitment and retention, increased costs and logistics issues, it can be a very difficult time for any business when they’re faced with these pressures. It’s critical for a successful business to have the resilience to overcome these challenges and to stay strong in the face of adversity.”

Joan Lucey of Vibes and Scribes added; “Working for yourself is not an easy role. If it was, everyone would be doing it. But it is very rewarding. I always say that resilience is like a muscle in that it grows and gains strength the more you work on it and this is so important for a successful business.”

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD will also launch the revised guidebook for businesses at the event, titled Business Development in Cork: An Entrepreneurs Guide, 2024. Another highlight of Local Enterprise Week in Cork City is a webinar on how to minimise cyber security risks for small businesses. The webinar on Monday 4 March will be delivered by Cyber Skills Lecturer at MTU, Gillian O’Carroll.

For more on LEO Cork City’s complete programme of events for Local Enterprise Week and to book your place online, visit localenterprise.ie/corkcity.