Local Enterprise Week

Enterprising week of events lined up for Clare

LEW 2016

Access to finance seminar, the Clare Enterprise Award winner and a unique netwalk for members of the business community are among the highlights of Clare Local Enterprise Week 2016.

Running from March 7th to 11th at various locations around the county, the programme is the first to be hosted by Local Enterprise Office Clare.

The weeklong series of business training workshops and networking events is aimed at informing, advising and motivating businesses and potential entrepreneurs in relation to the range of supports and opportunities in Clare.

One of the more unique events of the week will be a “Netwalk” in East Clare on 7th March from 10am to midday. Small and medium business owners as well as people planning to set up a new business are being invited to participate in the walk which combines networking with other business people while at the same time enjoying Ballycuggeran Woods and getting some light exercise. The netwalk will be followed by a Networking For Business event (midday-4pm) in the nearby Annacarriga Hotel.

Clare Local Enterprise Week 2016 begins on Monday 7th March with a Primary Course in Food Safety at Scariff Co-Op (09.30am-1pm), Start Your Own Business Programme at Westpark Shannon (9.30am-4.30pm), and a Patents Workshop at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis (midday-4pm).

Events on 8th March begin with a Business Breakfast at the Oakwood Arms in Shannon (7am-9am) followed by the Student Enterprise Awards County Final at Treacy's West County Hotel (9am-2pm) and a Local Enterprise Office Clare information event in Kilrush (7pm-9pm).

On 9th March, there will be a Facebook Adverts Workshop in Miltown Malbay (09:30am-4.30pm), Business Clinic for Owner/Manager of Food Businesses at The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon (5pm-8pm) and a Start Your Own Business Programme at The Junction Building in Ennis (6-9pm)

On 10th march, a Discover Lough Derg Enterprise Bus will travel around the Lough Derg Area (9.30am-5.30pm), Áras Contae an Chláir hosts an event entitled 'Why set up a technology business?' (10am-1pm) and 'Funding Options to Grow Your Business' is the theme of an event at Treacy's West County Hotel (5pm-7.30pm).

The National Enterprise Awards County Final will be held in The Rowan Tree, Ennis from midday to 3.00pm on 11th March where Clare’s representative for the National event will be selected. Last year, Clare’s representative Aine Knitwear, Clonlara won the National Best Design award.

Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council said, "Clare Local Enterprise Week is a useful vehicle for encouraging start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies to share and learn from each others’ experiences as well as learn about the supports available to anyone seeking to set up a new or invest in an existing business. I would encourage new and existing business owners in Clare to get involved."

“We have prepared a programme of speakers and networking events that contains something of interest for those involved with or who have an interest in developing the local business and enterprise sector,” said Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise of Local Enterprise Office Clare.

He added, "The programme of events presents an ideal opportunity for any business seeking assistance - financial, information, training or otherwise - to find out more about the range of supports available from Local Enterprise Office Clare.

Clare Local Enterprise Week (March 7th-11th 2016) is funded by Local Enterprise Office Clare. Most events are free but a nominal fee applies to training workshops. Further details from https://www.localenterprise.ie/Clare/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/