Looking to the Future: The First Virtual Local Enterprise Week is Launched!

LEW 2021

LEO Fingal has launched a series of exciting business events and initiatives to take place completely online during Local Enterprise Week (LEW), which is happening between the 1st and 5th of March 2021.

Virtual LEW will allow local business owner/managers to learn, engage and network around the country directly, whether from essential workplaces or their home offices.

At socially distanced photo calls to mark the launch of the programme, Mayor of Fingal Cllr. David Healy highlighted the necessity for all small enterprises to use the opportunity to tap into the wide range of supports available to them in these challenging times: “Through our Local Enterprise Office, Fingal County Council is providing vital services and assistance to our local businesses. We want to ensure that our SMEs take advantage of the various programmes and supports available to them through the LEO and other state bodies”.

Ms. AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, further added: “In Fingal, we strive to create a dynamic environment conducive to business growth and local job creation. Local Enterprise Week is an excellent opportunity to network and keep up with the latest business developments. I am particularly pleased to see so many of our state agencies and business organisations supporting this programme”.

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal concluded: “Local Enterprise Week 2021 will be a unique programme fit for these unique times. We have a great selection of forward-looking events and initiatives in developing sectors and industries. We encourage everyone to regularly check the dedicated programme website and see what new offerings become available in the run-up to Local Enterprise Week 2021”.

LEW 2021 photocollage

The future-focused week kicks off on Monday morning with the highly interactive “Work Smarter to Future-Proof Your Business” bootcamp. This will be followed by the national launch of an exciting new initiative: Green for Micro, aimed at the growing sustainable business sector. The afternoon closes off with a resilience workshop and a highly focused webinar on Instagram, which has become an indispensable ecommerce and promotional tool for online businesses.
On Tuesday, we take a step back and focus on the mental wellbeing for entrepreneurs with a “Mind Your Mind in Business” morning webinar. Enterprise Ireland will then host an information session on the Agile funding available to businesses. The afternoon returns with a forward-looking agenda with “Building the New” aimed at businesses starting in the New Normal, followed by “An Introduction to Podcasting for Business”, a platform which has exploded in popularity during the last year. Tuesday concludes with a lean seminar to help business improve effectiveness and reduce waste.
Wednesday is a charged day with four events taking place. The Fingal Chamber will host their annual “Behind the Business” morning event featuring accomplished business leaders sharing their knowledge and advice. In the morning there will also be an AgriTech focused webinar and an information session on Financial Management for SMEs. Wednesday concludes with an event focusing on the creative industries, and a Cyber Security for small business webinar hosted by the LINC in TU Dublin Blanchardstown.
On Thursday morning, the Dublin Food Chain will host a webinar exploring the Future of the Food sector, entitled “2021: A New Food Vision”. Following this a motivational session on engaging for online success follows. Thursday afternoon starts with a workshop for business with an early-stage technology solution and closes off with Masterclass on working capital and cashflow.
LEW 2021 finishes up on Friday with two dynamic events. In the morning a Trading Online Voucher webinar, will offer small businesses the opportunity to develop their website or digital marketing strategy by availing of a grant of up to €2,500. Then at lunchtime the Fingal Enterprising Women Network, run by LEO Fingal, will celebrate International Women’s Day with a special online networking session, featuring acclaimed TV presenter and entrepreneur Gráinne Seoige.
During LEW 2021, all events will be completely free of charge. To see the full line-up of events for LEW 2021 and book online,