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LEO speed networking event in Mallow

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:35pm

A special event recently in North Cork as part of Local Enterprise Week, featured a great lineup of speakers and a speed networking event.

An all star lineup on Wednesday 6 March included former Cork star Brid Stack, HR consultant and organizational specialist Jan Hare and the Director of the Plato and Family Business Ireland Network, JJ O’Connell.

Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West kicked off the morning with details of the supports offered by the Local Enterprise Office.

Mr Curran said: “It is our intention to continue and support all business the best way we can. If research indicates that specific initiatives will help us to help business grow then we will provide them. We will also continue to run a full range of training programmes for both men and women so we believe that we are providing a range of supports that will suit everyone’s requirements.”

Former Cork GAA star Brid Stack’s inspirational speech was called Lessons from my life, the importance of leadership. It included useful tips for achieving success.

Jan Harte gave a very insightful presentation on leadership and specifically focused on concepts in leadership.

JJ O’Connell took up the theme of leadership in his presentation. JJ focused on inspiration as a means to influence human behaviour and the foundations and values that inspire – vision, thinking, acting and authentically communicating.

Participants were also given an opportunity to network and promote their services and products. The speed networking was facilitated by JJ O’Connell. He said: “Good business relationships are founded on trust and a sense of expectation that a mutual need will be satisfied in a transaction.

“Meeting and communicating with like-minded people is the starting point of building relationships. Considering the level of energy and enthusiasm in the conversations at the event, I am confident that business and enterprise is in good hands in North Cork.”

According to Joan Kelleher, Business Adviser of the Local Enterprise Office: “In today’s business climate, networking with potential clients had never been more important.

“There is a realisation among most sensible business people that they look beyond traditional ways of doing business and the type of promotional activities that they previously engaged in.

“We have been delighted with the enthusiastic response that this networking initiative has received, which demonstrate that smaller companies are willing to look at every opportunity that presents itself.”

If you wish to book a place on any of the Local Enterprise Office Training Programmes, log on at

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