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LEOs are backing Cork for Local Enterprise Week

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 3:23pm

The first ever nationally co-ordinated Local Enterprise Week kicks off on 4 March and there will be a wide range of engaging and enlightening events taking place in Cork.

The national initiative which is led by the Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, starts on 4 March and runs until 8 March. The events are aimed at SMEs, start-ups and those involved in the micro business sector throughout the county.

Throughout the week, Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Offices (LEO Cork North & West and LEO Cork South) and Cork City Council’s LEO Cork City have organised a number of business and training workshops, networking events and advice clinics.

They cover a wide variety of topics including: creativity in business, agri-tech, speed networking, Brexit, lean business, digital and social media, trading online vouchers, GDPR, innovation, women in business, start your own business and many more.

2018 saw Cork county’s LEOs issue grant payments to the total of €845,090 with 71 projects funded. Grant approvals totalling €960,050 and the approval of 84 projects saw 192 additional jobs created in 2018.

A total of 2,357 entrepreneurs were trained at 168 training programmes across Cork North & West and Cork South. 982 participants received expert mentoring in 2018.

Local Enterprise Week will see the LEOs Cork North & West and Cork South provide further training and info for entrepreneurs or those thinking of starting a business. The events will highlight the wide range of supports available through their LEO - from funding to mentoring, training and business advice.

The week also provides a good opportunity for these businesses to learn from the experiences of others, gain practical advice and make new connections.

The LEOs have also played a key role in preparing small businesses for Brexit, and throughout February they roll out Brexit Customs Training on the customs import and export procedures that will be required post-Brexit.

One of the headline events this year is Creative Thinking - A roadmap for your business growth taking place on 5 Tuesday at the Inchydoney Lodge & Spa Hotel from 9.30am-4pm.

Sonya Lennon, who is one of Ireland’s leading business women and fashion entrepreneurs, will be keynote speaker. The event, hosted by Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, will also include speakers such as Marie Toft, Emotionise, Maria Archer, Stephen A McDonald and a Design+ Technology Gateway.

There will be a panel discussion from Cork businesses who have demonstrated innovation and creativity to start and grow their businesses.

On 6 Wednesday, AgTech - The Future of Sustainable Agricultural Business takes place from 9am-2pm at Fota Island Resort.

This half-day convention will highlight the importance of sustainability, with a focus on the future challenges of farming and the uses of technology in developing and sustaining the agricultural economy.

Keynote speakers on the day include Eoghan Finneran of Farm Eye and Padraig Hennessy of Terra NutriTech. Also sharing their knowledge and expertise on the day will be Karol Kissane, Nuffield Scholar; Seamus O'Mahony of Dairygold and ASA Ireland Vice President; Dermot Forrestial of Teagasc Oak Park and more.

6 Wednesday will see an all-star line-up at an event titled Leadership - the hallmarks of success. Are you an effective leader? at Mallow GAA complex from 8am-10.30am. Speakers will include Cork legend Brid Stack, Jan Harte, HR consultant and organizational specialist, and JJ O’Connell, Director of the Plato and Family Business Ireland Network. This will be followed by a speed networking event.

Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, LEO South Cork added: “Having the confidence to start your own business isn’t always easy, but we encourage anyone who is thinking of starting a business or has already done so to come along and find out more about the supports we can offer. We are here to help, and whether it’s getting your business off the ground or taking the next step to expand, Local Enterprise Week is a fantastic way of finding out about how we can help.”

There is a full schedule of events at www.localenterprise.ie. Many of the events are free to attend, but prior booking is essential.

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