Local Enterprise Week kicks off this Monday and the team at Donegal Local Enterprise Office is encouraging businesses to take time out of their schedules to attend one of the many events on offer. Events are free to attend but early booking is advised via www.localenterprise.ie/
Kilkenny hurling legend Brian Cody is one of a host of guest speakers who will be in Donegal for Local Enterprise Week, which starts next Monday.
Run by Donegal Local Enterprise Office (LEO), in association with its local enterprise partners, the week will see a wide range of events taking place across Donegal. Local Enterprise Week kicks off with keynote speaker, Gina London and culminates in a business conference with sporting legends Brian Cody, Arlene Boyles and Martin Mc Hugh.
Throughout Local Enterprise Week, business owners in Donegal will have a unique opportunity to learn from, listen to and network with leaders in their field. As well as national and international guest speakers, a selection of Donegal business owners will share their experience of running a business in the county.
‘Achieving Your Vision – Taking Your Business To The Next Level’ with Gina London takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Monday 2nd March from 9.30am – 12noon and includes an in-depth panel discussion which will feature businesses who have scaled their businesses in different ways. Guest speakers include John Molloy, Green Pastures Donegal, Martin McElhinney, McElhinney’s Department Store and Keith Moran, SL Controls. Spaces are filling fast, so book HERE
Following the opening event, Gina London will host an afternoon premier workshop to teach business owners skills they can apply to any communication event and improve their content and delivery for presentations, financial pitches, company culture, team morale and much more. Book HERE
As well as a Digital Marketing expo (pictured above), other highlights on Tuesday include a workshop around The Future of Manufacturing and Robotic Automation in Irish Pressings and Gteic. This event will look at new approaches and technologies that have the potential to create significant organisational and process improvements in firms throughout Ireland. The event includes case study presentations and speakers include Padraig Grady of Irish Pressing and Andrew Barker, a Collaborative Robotic Solutions Engineer and Automation Design Consultant. Booking essential. Click HERE
In the Villa Rose Hotel, Lynn McLaughlin of Fortius HR will host a workshop for SME’s that will help develop a clear understanding of the benefits and importance of effective performance management for their business.
Wednesday’s programme also includes Gateway to Growth, an export insight workshop aimed at Donegal businesses that are looking for new markets. There’s also a workshop on Preparing Your Business For Customs taking place in The Silver Tassie Hotel.
Thursday’s programme of events includes an interactive and informative session with Lar Burke, looking at top tips for businesses seeking to secure finance to develop their business. Show Me The Money – Financing Your Business takes place in An Grianan Hotel, Burt from 10am – 12.30pm. A selection of both public and private finance providers will also be in attendance and they will join a panel discussion to highlight their key offering and insights for businesses. Click HERE to book
Other not-to-be-missed events on Thursday include a Creative Coast styling workshop with one of Ireland’s leading stylists, Paula Hughes, which takes place in Lough Eske Castle from 6.30pm. Paula’s presentation will centre on how creative businesses can communicate to new and existing customers via imagery, and she’ll share her top tips on how to achieve distinctive visual storytelling across all platforms. Book HERE
Donegal food businesses are invited to come along to Castle Grove on Thursday for a series of food events presented by the Donegal Food Coast. Guest speakers include George Latella St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia and Joseph Doherty, Owner of Simply Inish. Book HERE
On the final day of Local Enterprise Week, three record breaking managers in GAA and hockey, Brian Cody, Arlene Boyles and Martin Mc Hugh will participate in a business conference with a difference, sharing some of the secrets and sacrifices that made them champions in their field and discussing the parallels their leadership, sporting approach and achievements have with the business world. Book NOW
All events are free to attend, but some events have already booked-up so early booking is advised.
For a full list of events for this year’s Local Enterprise Week and to book, visit www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or call the Donegal Local Enterprise Office on (074) 916 0735.