Cork & Kerry LEOs celebrate National Women's Enterprise Day 2017

The Inchydoney Lodge & Spa in Clonakilty, Co. Cork is the venue for this year’s South West National Women’s Enterprise Day with “New Markets – open doors to new markets ....branding, retail and online sales” being the theme which will be of interest to women in business across all sectors.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD has launched the biggest ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) with all 31 LEOs across the country behind the initiative and who together jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016. LEOs are enlisting the help of established female entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors and share their success stories.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports that 27% of early stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland expect to get more than a quarter of their revenues from overseas work. The LEOs have a range of supports that can help businesses to realise those expectations and local events will feature female ambassadors who have already successfully availed of some of those supports.

Deirdre Fee (Medical Mobility) is this year’s Regional Ambassador for the Cork/Kerry and together with keynote speakers – Alina Uí Chaollaí (Marketing Director at Largo Foods) and Fiona Gratzer (MD Unislim) - it promises to be a great opportunity for learning and networking. As well as keynote speakers other speakers at the event will include Lorraine Higgins (Head of Public Affairs & Communications at Retail Excellence) and Attracta Burke (Author of international bestseller “The Formula – How to be your very best” . In addition, there will also be an interesting Panel Discussion / Q&A with Cork and Kerry business women ... Cora Murphy (Artist) , Deirdre Fee (Medical Mobility),  Barbara O’Sullivan (Shoozz) and Jacinta Warren (Warren Allen Collections) Jacintha Warren, (Warren Allen Collections) Warren Allen Collections MC for the event is Jackie Gowran, Business IQ.

The South West event is jointly organised by Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Cork and Kerry:

  • LEO Cork City
  • LEO Cork North & West
  • LEO South Cork
  • LEO Kerry

Adrienne Rodgers, Head of Enterprise, LEO Cork City: “2017 will be the biggest National Women’s Enterprise Day yet with fifteen events taking place all over the country to help open more doors to new markets for Ireland’s female entrepreneurs. Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, the LEOs support thousands of female entrepreneurs every year and we want to celebrate their inspiring success stories on October 12th. Our event for local entrepreneurs here in the South West promises to be an uplifting day, with lots of advice, insights and information for female entrepreneurs and those planning to start a business. Places are limited though, so we’re advising everyone to book early.”

Sarita Johnston of Enterprise Ireland said: “Working with ambitious female led start-ups remains a key focus for Enterprise Ireland and we are very keen to work with women starting innovative businesses that are focused on building scale and expanding reach in new markets. In partnership with the LEOs and Local Authorities, Enterprise Ireland will continue to support and increase the number of female entrepreneurs with the global ambition to scale and succeed.”

To view Schedule and to book your place online at the Cork/Kerry NWED event, click on: