Small businesses and budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to sample free events and business advice clinics aimed at helping them to start or grow their business as part of this year’s Local Enterprise Week in Westmeath. The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities, takes place from the 6-10 March this year across the Country.
While there are hundreds of events taking place nationally during the week, including 5 Spotlight events that are available for free online, there are plenty of events hosted by LEO Westmeath open to all business owners and budding entrepreneurs in the County. These events will focus on financial forecasting, digital marketing, trading online, HR issues and more. The full schedule of events can be viewed on www.localenterprise.ie/westmeath
The LEO Westmeath is hosting the first of the National Spotlight Events on March 6 entitled “First Steps to Export Success”. This webinar is aimed at businesses planning to expand into international markets and is a must-attend event for business owners who want to find out the supports available to assist them with this.
Christine Charlton, Head of Enterprise in Westmeath County Council has said “Local Enterprise Week is a fantastic marker in the road for any business. It’s an opportunity to take stock of where you are, see where you can grow, where you can innovate or maybe become more sustainable and see what resources are available on your doorstep. There is something for everyone and those who maybe always had that ambition to start on their own, or a great idea, this is the week to see how to get started and make it happen.
“There are hundreds of events taking place all over the Country covering everything from exporting and digital to going green or growing that idea. We also have 5 National Spotlight events taking place online, open to everyone that include experts from a range of industries. So online or on your doorstep, I would encourage everyone to check out the schedule of events and get involved.”
Each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices will be running a full programme of events in their area that will tackle a variety of areas relevant to small businesses and starting up. The events are open to all from budding entrepreneurs to established businesses and gives them the opportunity to get expert advice on key areas of business from financial skills, raising funds, exporting and boosting your business online to future trends such as sustainability and digitalization.
Deirdre O’Neill, Senior Regional Development Executive with Enterprise Ireland, said; “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support and be involved in Local Enterprise Week. Working closely with the Local Enterprise Offices across the year, this week is a chance for small businesses to focus on key areas, the areas where they can make a real difference for their future ambitions. This may be in relation to digitalization or becoming more sustainable, or those who have ambition to grow internationally and begin to find new markets.
If you are a business who wants to grow, internationalise or innovate, then there is something for you at Local Enterprise Week and we would encourage every small business out there to see what is happening in their area this year and take that next step.
Details for all the events taking place across the Country during Local Enterprise Week, from March 6 to 10, are available at www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Week
5 National Spotlight Events (Online & Free to attend)
Monday 6 March – 9:30am to 11.30am
FIRST STEPS TO EXPORT SUCCESS
Considering expanding into international markets? Or are you an early-stage exporter? Then this Spotlight event is for you. This webinar is designed to outline the steps to export success.
Tuesday 7 March – 9.30am to 1:00pm
YOU’RE THE BUSINESS @ LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK
No matter where you are on your digital journey, You're the Business is the programme to help you go further. As part of Local Enterprise Week, Google are hosting three online trainings, live from Google in Dublin, for businesses that are looking to Get Online, Grow Online, or Go Global.
Wednesday 8 March – 11.00am to 12.30pm
GREEN, SUSTAINABILITY & COMPETITIVENESS
The Green Panel aims to inform, inspire, and engage owner managers and their key staff in how they can implement Green technologies, processes and products to their business in order to be more competitive.
Thursday 9 March – 2.30pm to 3.30pm
DRIVE COST SAVINGS WITH LEAN
Looking for ways to improve competitiveness and productivity in your business? This online panel discussion is a must for all businesses ambitious for growth.
Friday 10 March – 10:00am to 11:30am
INNOVATE FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS
Innovate: to introduce improvements through new methods, ideas or products. Hosted by Noel Davidson of The Entrepreneurs Academy, this lively event will feature expert speakers. It will also outline the range of government and financial supports to drive innovation in your business.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 22/02/2023