Local Enterprise week kicks off with exciting line-up 

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced the launch of an exciting array of business events and initiatives as part of Local Enterprise Week (LEW) 2024. 

Scheduled to run from March 4th to March 8th, LEW promises to provide plenty of opportunity for local business owner/managers to learn, engage and network in person at events throughout the week.

To kick off the week, an educational, in-person, “Start-Up Bootcamp” will be held for Fingal’s budding entrepreneurs in the Riasc Centre, Kinsealy. Tuesday includes a networking event held in the Lark Theatre, Balbriggan, entitled Don’t Wait for Opportunity – Create it! which will include contributions from renowned entrepreneurs Tom Keogh (Keogh’s Crisps), Giselle Makinde of Wonky Wonders Food and Michael Dawson (One4All and Irish Institute of Music and Song), and the annual Fingal Enterprise Awards will be hosted later that evening in County Hall, Swords.

 A business breakfast hosted by Fingal Chamber, featuring a special “Behind the Business” Networking Event will take place on Wednesday while Thursday will feature a finance focused “Raising Finance” event Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Richard Curran.

To wrap up the week, aspiring entrepreneurs will showcase their business ideas in the exciting “Pitch Perfect, Battle of the Start-ups” competition. Fingal Enterprising Women Network will also gather for a special lunchtime networking event to hear from renowned TV personality and accomplished Businesswoman, Anna Daly who will speak about “Media, Motivation and Making it Happen”. Other Fingal events include Fingal Business Briefing, a trading online voucher webinar and the launch of a Social Media and Digital Marketing Course.

Many other events are accessible online, including a Trading Online Voucher Webinar, a special sustainability focused online workshop with Liz Bonnin, world renowned Natural History and Environmental broadcaster as well as an intriguing webinar focused on how to “Understand and leverage future trends for your business”.

Fingal’s Local Enterprise Week 2024. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Adrian Henchy whoadvocated for all small enterprises to avail of the wide range of supports available to them said “Supporting and Sustaining a vibrant business community is a top priority for us here in Fingal. Therefore, I’m particularly pleased that a diverse range of business related topics has been incorporated into this year’s schedule. This ensures that Fingal businesses can benefit greatly from Local Enterprise Week, which offers an excellent opportunity to network and stay updated on the latest business developments. Local Enterprise Week initiative serves as a brilliant platform for us to drive job creation both locally and nationally.”

AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, further added “Fingal County Council along with the Local Enterprise Office strives to encourage, support, and assist small business owners on a continuous basis. It’s wonderful to see that Local Enterprise Week has become a staple initiative that presents amble opportunity and prospects to our local business community.

Oisín Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal concluded “A range of captivating events is set to take centre stage during Local Enterprise Week 2024. The line up has been tailored specifically to meet the requirements of local businesses whether they are in the pre-start, start-up, or growth phase. Once again, it’s encouraging to see numerous business support organisations and agencies showing support for Local Enterprise Week. 

Many of the online events during LEW 2024 are completely free of charge, or a minor nominal fee applies to attend some events in person.

To see the full line-up of events for LEW 2024 and book online, visit https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/Week/Local-Enterprise-Week-2024/Local-Enterprise-Week-2024-Events.html 

Featured Image: Deirdre O’Neill – Senior Regional Development Executive at Enterprise Ireland, John Quinlivan – Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development at Fingal County Council, Cllr Adrian Henchy – Mayor of Fingal, AnnMarie Farrelly – Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, and Oisín Geoghegan – Head of Enterprise at LEO Fingal Coalesce.

Picture Shane O’Neill

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