Local Enterprise Week 2021



Local Enterprise Week 2021 has been launched by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Cork City. This year the schedule is packed with events from “Tips and Tools for Minding your Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19” (with the HSE) to a session on selling online.


Local Enterprise Week 2021 will take place from Monday 1st March to Friday 5th March, 2021. All of the events throughout the week are free of charge and will be moving online this year. 


Throughout the week there will be panel discussions, networking sessions, Business Advice Clinics and workshops such as “Funding the Digitalisation of SMEs” (with Cork Smart Gateway).


LEO Cork City clients - Da Silly Heads - will be running a mental health visual advocacy workshop. Da Silly Heads is a social enterprise run by Michal Sikora and Daniel O’Mahony trying to remove the stigma around mental health.  In addition to their workshops, they also promote their message via Da Silly Heads apparel. 


Local Enterprise Week is a highly anticipated national event organised by Local Enterprise Offices around Ireland. As part of this, Local Enterprise Office, Cork City will be running its own series of free business related events for Cork city businesses and budding entrepreneurs.


Cork City Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said: “It has been a difficult 12 months for so many businesses in the city and I am looking forward to Local Enterprise Week which is an annual highlight in the business calendar. The week is jam packed with online events and opportunities. Small businesses are vital to our local economy and  LEO Cork City has helped many businesses navigate this last year and it plays a hugely important role in helping businesses thrive. They have a highly experienced team based in City Hall who are always on hand to support local businesses.” 


Paul McGuirk, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City said: “2020 was a year like no other for small businesses all over the country and we will always do what we can to support businesses who need our help. This year, in addition to LEO Cork City’s local events, there is also a very exciting and varied online programme of national events for anyone thinking of starting or growing a business.”


The week is packed with informative online workshops, talks and conferences aimed at supporting owners and managers of small businesses in the city. 


For further information on the list of the free events and activities taking place in Cork City during Local Enterprise Week visit www.localenterprise.ie/CorkCity