Eight Galway craft businesses prepare for global showcase


There will be eight Local Enterprise Office Galway clients taking part in the Local Enterprise Showcase at Showcase 2019 in January. 

The trade event gives small designers and craftspeople the unique opportunity to meet over 5,000 buyers from all over the world opening new doors for them to global markets. 


The Local Enterprise Showcase at Showcase 2019 takes place at the RDS in Dublin from the 20th to 23rd January 2019 and will feature over 80 Local Enterprise Office clients from all across the country. 


Over 80 Local Enterprise Office clients will exhibit their products at the event and this will include Local Enterprise Galway clients woodturners Ambrose and Brid O’Halloran, Susan Meaney’s Burren Flower Fairies, Berina Kelly Jewellery, Nicole Jackson of QBU accessories, Canvas to Candle by Bernice Cooke, Lorraine Fletcher Art (pictured above), Niamh Daniels Scarves and Peppermint hand-made jewellery by Joanna Cronin.


Showcase gives Local Enterprise Office clients from every corner of the country, who are primarily from the design and craft sector, the chance to exhibit at the event, which hosts 5,000 buyers from over 20 different countries.  Taking place from the 20th – 23rd January, Showcase is presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices.    


Some of those who started their journey at Local Enterprise Showcase include the likes of fashion designers Jennifer Rothwell and Emma Manley, jewellery designer Blaithín Ennis and artisan homeware slate brand, Slated. 


Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “The work of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices is invaluable to micro and small enterprises exhibiting at Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo, mentoring and supporting them in launching their latest innovative products at the trade fair. We are delighted to partner with the Local Enterprise Offices in highlighting the wealth of talent amongst emerging creative businesses across the country, and in supporting their commercial potential through the Local Enterprise Showcase. This dedicated area of the show plays a critical role in connecting up-and-coming Irish entrepreneurs with international trade buyers, enabling them to develop their business and expand their client base.”


The Local Enterprise Showcase is housed on the balcony area of the RDS Main Hall during Showcase and is open to trade buyers from all over the world from Sunday 20th January to Wednesday 23rd January. 


Further details on the supports available to small design and crafts businesses in Galway are available from www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Galway or by contacting Local Enterprise Office Galway at 091-509090 or by email to info@leo.galwaycoco.ie  For more information on Showcase 2019 log on to www.showcaseireland.com 

Photo: Martina Regan