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02/03/2020ACHIEVING YOUR VISION: TAKING YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL... Book online
02/03/2020THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP – COMMUNICATING WITH PURPOSE... Book online
03/03/2020 DIGITAL MARKETING EXPO - OPTIMISE YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE... Book online
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  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    05/03/2020

    SHOW ME THE MONEY - FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS...

    Lar Burke will lead this interactive and informative session, where he highlights top tips for businesses seeking to secure finance to develop their business....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    05/03/2020

    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WORKSHOP

    This workshop focuses on how businesses should be aware of and can exploit the value of intellectual property. (Patents,trademarks, design, copyright) Speakers will be available for a 1-1 session with attendees after the presentation....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    06/03/2020

    LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM SPORT - DRIVING TEAM PERFORMANCE...

    Three leading lights in Irish sport are coming together for a special event in Letterkenny, as part of Enterprise week 2020. Record-breaking Managers in GAA and Hockey, Brian Cody, Arlene Boyles and Martin Mc Hugh will participate in a business conference with a difference....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    05/03/2020

    VISUALISE YOUR BRAND

    Practical tips from International fashion stylist Paula Hughes Paula’s presentation will centre on how creative businesses can communicate to their present and potential customers using imagery....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    05/03/2020

    FINDING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS - FOOD MARKETING...

    The objective is to bring together food businesses, from across different sectors, to consider how they can market their business to connect with the customers in a meaningful way — allowing them to gain the long term benefits of adopting a more strategic approach....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    04/03/2020

    GATEWAY TO GROWTH - EXPORT INSIGHT WORKSHOP...

    Are you trying to find new customers to grow your business? Looking to new markets beyond your local area can be vital to building a stronger, more sustainable business. If you’re interested in pushing your business to the next level and would like some help along the way, come along to the Export Insight workshop which is the starting point of our new Gateway to Growth Programme for 2020....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    03/03/2020

    A VALUE ADD APPROACH TO PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT FOR SME’S...

    This workshop will help you develop a clear understanding of the benefits and importance of effective performance management as well as providing practical tools to improve performance management processes. You will also understand the difference between a ‘tick box exercise’ and an appropriate approach that leads to value add....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    03/03/2020

    FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING - ROBOTS & AUTOMATION...

    Future of Manufacturing - Robotic Automation workshop offers participants the unique opportunity to learn more about these new advances in manufacturing, through a best practice visit to Irish Pressings, an award-winning precision machining company in Derrybeg,interaction with robotics and automation professionals and best-practice firms, and engagement in an expert panel discussion....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    03/03/2020

    DIGITAL MARKETING EXPO - PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE WITH DIY VIDEO...

    Shoot, edit and effectively promote your video content for success on popular social media platforms all from the comfort of your own smartphone. Get top tips and trends for commercial, digital video strategy, summarised by Moss Marketing and Póca Productions....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    03/03/2020

    DIGITAL MARKETING EXPO - OPTIMISE YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE...

    This Digital Marketing Expo will bring together thought leaders, idea-provoking panels, inspiring presentations; keynotes and networking opportunities that will help small businesses optimise the opportunity to grow their business online....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    02/03/2020

    THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP – COMMUNICATING WITH PURPOSE...

    This premier workshop will teach you skills you can immediately apply during any communication event. As Gina says, “You are always communicating, either by default or design....

  • Local Enterprise Week 2020

    02/03/2020

    ACHIEVING YOUR VISION: TAKING YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL...

    As we aim to grow and support businesses in Donegal, we must foster a sense of ambition in the local business community. We aim to do this at the opening event by sharing the experiences and insights of local businesses. To help business leaders in the county achieve their vision, Gina London, will set the scene as she shares some insight about the importance of “Seeing the Big Picture”....

  • 27/02/2020

    LEAN for Micro - Making your business more efficient.

    The objective of the one day workshop is to give managers and key staff to be involved an overview of LEAN principles and illustrate how they can benefit small and micro businesses operationally and financially...

  • JC Engineering James Coyle

    12/12/2019

    JC Engineering scoop top prize at prestigious 2019 Local Enterprise Awards...

    The overall winner of the 2019 Local Enterprise Awards, James Coyle of JC Engineering, has expressed his delight at scooping the prestigious title. Sixteen finalists were in contention for awards at the ceremony held in Letterkenny’s Radisson Blu’ Hotel on Friday last when a total of 8 awards were presented on the day. ...

  • Donegal Enterprise Awards

    04/11/2019

    €10,000 to be won in Donegal Enterprise Awards ...

    A total prize fund of €10,000 and a chance to compete in the national finals is up for grabs for Donegal businesses in this year’s Donegal Enterprise Awards, and entries to the competition are now open. ...

  • 16/10/2019

    EENGINEX Meet the Buyer Event

    EENGINEX is an engineering “Meet the Buyer” event which offers participants a unique opportunity to engage in face-to-face sales meetings with senior buyers from throughout Ireland and the EU....

  • Creative Coast launch

    11/09/2019

    Strong creative and digital economy form key elements of new plan...

    The vision for the new creative strategy for Donegal is to build a strong creative and digital economy with robust, confident, financially viable and collaboration-friendly businesses, guests were told at the official launch last week....

  • 17/10/2019

    National Women's Enterprise Day - Make It Happen

    We are delighted to bring together a range of speakers and specialists who will share their experience and expertise in how to make it happen and bring their business ambitions to life and overcome challenges in which ever form they take to celebrate National Women's Enterprise Day...

  • Brexit square

    25/09/2019

    Prepare Your Business for Customs Workshop...

    Regardless of a hard or soft Customs Brexit, goods to/from the UK or transiting through the UK, will be subject to strict compliance and documentation requirements. This workshop will cover how export and import customs will impact trade with the UK as a ‘Third Country', how tariffs work and the need to correctly classify your goods....

  • Food Coast Logo

    19/07/2019

    Donegal public urged to back Food Coast in Foodie Destinations vote...

    Donegal’s ongoing food revolution aimed at making the county famous for food, received a tremendous boost this week with the news that Donegal Food Coast initiative has been short-listed as a finalist for Foodie Destinations 2019....

  • Brexit

    25/07/2019

    Brexit: The Practical Steps You Need to Take Now...

    All LEO Clients are invited to an information session on steps small business should take now to prepare for Brexit....

  • O'Reillys bobble Hats

    11/07/2019

    Life of O’Reilly – Ecommerce Success for Ballybofey Sportswear Entrepreneurs...

    From humble entrepreneurial beginnings - selling bobble hats out of the car-boot, to shipping out international orders; O’Reilly’s are keeping their eye on the ball, the thriving Donegal based start-up is set to soar, with ecommerce now playing a pivotal role in their business journey. ...

  • A Donegal Feast at the foot of Errigal

    30/09/2019

    Donegal Connect - A Donegal Feast at the Foot of Errigal...

    An evening set at the foot of Errigal, where local Chefs come together with Donegal producers to create a feast of Donegal food. A unique opportunity to celebrate all that makes Donegal great. ...

  • Tip O'Neill 2019 Launch
  • 30/05/2019

    Gateway to Growth Programme Launched

    The Gateway to Growth programme is open to businesses in the North West with the ambition to grow and the potential to build a sustainable export presence. Participants are welcome from all sectors and of all sizes. ...

  • 14/06/2019

    Gateway to Growth - Export Insight Workshop - Donegal Town...

    The Gateway to Growth programme is open to businesses in the North West with the ambition to grow and the potential to build a sustainable export presence. Participants are welcome from all sectors and of all sizes...

  • 12/06/2019

    Gateway to Growth - Export Insight Workshop - Derry

    The Gateway to Growth programme is open to businesses in the North West with the ambition to grow and the potential to build a sustainable export presence. Participants are welcome from all sectors and of all sizes...

  • 06/06/2019

    Gateway to Growth - Export Insight Workshop - Letterkenny...

    The Gateway to Growth programme is open to businesses in the North West with the ambition to grow and the potential to build a sustainable export presence. Participants are welcome from all sectors and of all sizes...

  • 03/06/2019

    Gateway to Growth - Export Insight Workshop - Strabane

    The Gateway to Growth programme is open to businesses in the North West with the ambition to grow and the potential to build a sustainable export presence. Participants are welcome from all sectors and of all sizes. ...

  • 10/04/2019

    Opportunity to Exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships...

    Opportunity for Donegal businesses to exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships in the Local Enterprise Village area. Express your interest now!...

  • Local Enterprise Week - Peak Performance

    12/02/2019

    Local Enterprise Week 2019 - Peak Performance...

    Rugby star Tommy Bowe in the line up for Local Enterprise Week...

  • Local Enterprise week 2019

    05/03/2019

    Local Enterprise Week 2019 - Innovation Workshop- Nurturing Ideas, Growing Success...

    Find out how having a focus on innovation can help your business, featuring the perspective of local business Island Seafoods from Killybegs....

  • 05/02/2019

    Is your on-line presence effective

    Aimed at Artists, makers and small creative businesses this interactive session shows how to develop a focused approach to your web and social media content to get better results in less time....

  • NWED 2018

    25/10/2018

    Need for more Female Entrepreneurs Highlighted at Donegal's NWED event ...

    Donegal needs more female entrepreneurs and the female led businesses already in the county need to be encouraged to act locally but to grow globally - that was one of the key messages from the National Women in Enterprise event held in Burt last week....

  • Michael NEA

    22/11/2018

    €4,500 up for grabs in Donegal Enterprise Awards...

    Small and medium businesses in Donegal have been urged to grab the opportunity to highlight their business success, by entering the 2018 Donegal Enterprise Awards...

  • NWED2018

    10/10/2018

    Donegal's female entrepreneurs urged to fashion their future by going global...

    The advantages for even small Donegal businesses to be able to scale up and look beyond local markets, will be highlighted when National Women's Enterprise Day is celebrated in the county on October 18....

  • 27/09/2018

    How to make a Profit

    Creative Industries expert David Parrish will conduct this workshop that will cut through the jargon to help participants understand how they can achieve both a gross profit and net profit for their creative enterprise....

  • 20/09/2018

    Creative Coast Review

    This in depth review of the Creative Coast over the past three years and a look forward for creative entrepreneurship in Donegal. ...

  • Brexit square

    30/07/2018

    Brexit

    Your Local Enterprise Office has a range of supports to help you to address issues and maximise potential opportunities....

  • Tip O Neill 2018

    24/07/2018

    Three Diaspora ambassadors to be awarded prestigious Tip O’Neill Award...

    The Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee that raised a huge amount of money to help victims of the devastating flooding in the Inishowen peninsula last year, professional golfer Paul McGinley and former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley have been named as this year’s recipients of the prestigious 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards....

  • Niche SSP

    30/05/2018

    Another major award for Niche Specialist Staffing Partners ...

    Donegal business Niche Specialist Staffing Partners celebrated another milestone success at the weekend when they were named regional winners at the 20th annual National Enterprise Awards in Dublin....

  • 31/05/2018

    Creative Coast - Three Years On

    We are hosting an afternoon as we consider the Creative Coast Strategy which was launched three years ago, looking at what has been done and give thought to the future as we develop the potential of creative industries in the county. ...

  • Molly Boyd

    10/05/2018

    Molly writes her way to history as pen business scoops national prize ...

    A young student from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana wowed the judges at the national Student Enterprise finals in Dublin last week, taking second place in the intermediate category....

  • Launch of the Food Coast Website

    30/04/2018

    Website Launched to Celebrate Doengal's Food Businesses...

    The launch of the Food Coast Website can help put Donegal food on a worldwide platform – but to be truly successful going forward, it will require your energy and enthusiasm. ...

  • Food Coast Logo

    23/04/2018

    Create Your Food Story

    Food businesses in Donegal will get an amazing opportunity to hear why and how they should craft their own ‘food story’ at an upcoming seminar in Rockhill House, Letterkenny, on April 30...

  • Beyond local

    13/04/2018

    €5,000 opportunity for ambitious Donegal businesses ...

    Businesses attending an International Conference in Donegal on April 12 and 13 are being urged to submit a short market entry plan that could see them win a massive €5,000 in consultancy to help them develop their plan. ...

  • Boston Call

    12/03/2018

    Local Businesses Invited to sign up for US Trade Opportunity...

    Are you considering the potential to trade your product or service to the US Market - if you're interested in finding out more contact us to find out about the upcoming Philadelphia and Boston Trade and Investment Mission. ...

  • EW 2018 Launch

    15/02/2018

    Local Enterprise Week 5th - 9th March 2018 ...

    Businesses urged to look to the future... ...

  • IBYE Regional 2018

    23/01/2018

    Donegal delight as two progress to National Finals of IBYE...

    Donegal will have two businesses in the National Finals of the competition for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) in March after Thomas McLaughlin of Tadáias and Ciara McGlynn from Niche Specialist Staffing Partners scooped their respective regional titles this week....

  • Enterprise Plan Photo

    07/11/2017

    Mayor launches ambitious plan for job creation in Donegal...

    The Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Gerry McMonagle, has said he believes ambitious plans by Local Enterprise Office Donegal to help create 400 new jobs in the county between now and 2020, will receive widespread backing from the council. His comments came on Tuesday afternoon when the Cathaoirleach formally launched the Local Enterprise Office Development Plan 2017-2020 in the Public Services Centre in Letterkenny....

  • 12/10/2017

    National Women's Enterprise Day

    The Local Enterprise Office network will host a series of events to celebrate and encourage female entrepreneurship across the country on the 12th October. Donegal Local Enterprise Office invite you to join us for an informative networking event. ...

  • Launch of Tip O'Neill  2017

    20/10/2017

    Tip O’Neill Awards Ceremony

    The Gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony will be held in An Grianán Hotel, Burt on Friday October 20th 2017...

  • NICHE Logo

    28/09/2017

    Innovation programme for businesses in the Food Sector...

    Businesses in the food sector in Donegal will get the opportunity to participate in Innovation programme to help develop and manage an innovation strategy for their business. ...

  • Building Craft & Design Enterprise Programme
  • Creative Donegal Carousel

    06/07/2017

    Showcase Ireland 2018

    Local Enterprise Office Donegal would like to offer three craft businesses the opportunity to take a stand space at Showcase Ireland 2018 in the RDS 21st – 24th January 2018. http://www.showcaseireland.com/ ...

  • TAIM

    23/06/2017

    Investment fund opportunities for Donegal businesses...

    Businesses in Donegal interested in product development, new export market opportunities or expanding on an innovative idea for their enterprise – may now be able to avail of new investment fund opportunities through the Local Enterprise Office....

  • Kieran Duey

    12/06/2017

    Delight as Doherty becomes World Chowder Champion...

    Doherty won the World Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday evening....

  • Sharon McDaid wins Donegal Enterprise Awards 2017

    27/03/2017

    Sharon McDaid wins Donegal Enterprise Awards 2017...

    Carndonagh-based artist Sharon McDaid was the toast of the Donegal business community at the weekend when she claimed two top prizes at the hugely successful Local Enterprise Awards finals on Saturday night....

  • Donegal Enterprise Award Table

    22/03/2017

    Nine businesses shortlisted for Enterprise Awards 2017...

    Nine businesses from across Donegal will compete for four highly-coveted prizes in the final of the 2017 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday night....

  • IBYE Regional Final Gillian and Michael

    19/01/2017

    Gillian wins young entrepreneur award at Regional Final...

    Portnoo-based businesswoman Gillian Doyle was the toast of the business world in Donegal at the weekend after she scooped the Regional Award for Best Business Idea at the regional finals of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Sligo....

  • RoadTeam Winner

    24/01/2017

    €7,000 to be won in Enterprise Awards ...

    A total prize fund of €7,000 and a chance to compete in the national finals is up for grabs for Donegal businesses in this year's Donegal Enterprise Awards, and entries to the competition are now open....

  • Donegal Enterprise Award Table

    17/01/2017

    Five Reasons To Enter Donegal’s Enterprise Awards...

    The Donegal Enterprise Awards are among the most prestigious awards a small business in the county can win, and with entries now open for the 2017 awards in March, if you are in business then entering is something you really should consider....

  • 16/01/2017

    Ruby Doodle and JoneCari off to Showcase

    Two Donegal businesses Ruby Doodle and JoneCari will be at to Showcase 2017 at the RDS in Dublin

  • Donegal Food Coast Plaques Presentation 2017

    12/01/2017

    Seal of approval for Donegal food champions...

    Nine champions of Donegal Food are the first in the county to receive official approval to display the Donegal Food Coast Brand...

  • 30/11/2016

    Apply Now to the Donegal Business Awards 2017

    Applications for the Donegal Business Awards

  • 30/11/2016

    €16.6 Million Worth of EU funding to Transform Cross-Border Business Research & Innovation welcomed ...

    Donegal County Council has welcomed this weeks announcement from the Special EU Programmes Body that approximately €16.6m has been offered under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to develop the Research & Innovation capacity of over 1,400 SMEs on a cross-border basis, through the ‘Co-Innovate’ project. ...

  • Big Business Breakfast Thumbnail image

    17/11/2016

    Big Business Breakfast - Sligo

    The Big Business Breakfast is coming to the Sligo Thursday 24th November. The event with feature case studies, panel discussion and guest speaker Brody Sweeney. The event will be located in the Swan Room at the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo from 8-11am. A complimentary breakfast will be Breakfast will be provided on the day....

  • Gartan Tchnologies announce

    17/11/2016

    Letterkenny firm announces major expansion into US marketplace...

    Letterkenny IT company, Gartan Technologies, has announced a major expansion into markets in the USA and Canada after forming a new partnership with US firm, Adashi Systems, based in Baltimore....

  • Group Trip to Boston at PSC

    11/11/2016

    O’Donnell’s Bakery and Irish Gap Year among Businesses on Trade Mission to Boston...

    O’Donnell’s Bakery and Irish Gap Year will join 15 other businesses on a trade and investment mission to the United States this week. The businesses will join civic leaders and officials from across the northwest on the largest ever delegation to Boston, Massachusetts. ...

  • Boston Trip Golden Bridges North West Delegation 2016

    09/11/2016

    North West Trade Delegation to Massachusetts...

    Civic leaders, businesses and officials from the North West will be embarking on their largest ever delegation to Boston, Massachusetts later this month. ...

  • 28/10/2016

    Green Business Seminar in Letterkenny

    Businesses in Donegal are being encouraged to attend a free Green Business seminar in Letterkenny to make savings and be more sustainable....

  • 10/10/2016

    Minister launches local programme for National Women’s Enterprise Day...

    Minister launches local programme for National Women's Day. There will be seven events taking place around the country on the 19th October. ...

  • Niche Launch

    07/10/2016

    Innovation was the topic of the day at the NICHE Launch Conference ...

    The Donegal Local Enterprise Office hosted a unique conference the for local and international food businesses in Letterkenny on the 27th September 2016...

  • Chowder Cook off 2016 poster

    25/08/2016

    Could you be the next Donegal Chowder Champion?...

    The search is on for The Food Coast Donegal Chowder Champion 2016. Could you represent Donegal at the All Ireland Chowder Cook off in Kinsale in 2017...

  • Salvie Sea

    10/08/2016

    Donegal Local Enterprise Office companies ready to ‘plough ahead’ in September...

    Two local Donegal companies are showcasing their products at this year’s Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships....

  • Brainstorming HR Programme Accellerate Finance

    31/08/2016

    Donegal Businesses Could Benefit from More Strategic Approach to HR and Finance ...

    Businesses in Donegal are putting themselves at risk and missing opportunities by failing to adopt a more strategic approach to finance and HR. ...

  • Creative Coast Donegal

    27/07/2016

    Calling All Donegal Creative Businesses...

    Local Enterprise Office Launches New Online Directory for Creative Sector in Donegal...

  • Fuelling Ambition 2

    16/06/2016

    Business leaders join forces to promote Female Entrepreneurs in Letterkenny...

    On Thursday, June 23rd at the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny, Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland are hosting a networking event targeting female entrepreneurs. The "Fuelling Ambition" event is part of a national series to encourage female entrepreneurs, or those considering starting their own business, to be braver and more ambitious in their plans for growth and success...

  • EEN Logo

    17/11/2015

    Global business opportunities open up for Irish SMEs through the Enterprise Europe Network...

    Local Enterprise Offices gain access to global business network opportunities...

  • EEN Launch News

    12/08/2015

    Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and helps Irish companies to make the most of business and technology opportunities in the EU and other major global markets....