Round Up on the fifth annual Local Enterprise Week

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The dust has not yet settled on the fifth annual Local Enterprise Week. Local Enterprise Office Galway held a series of events, seminars and workshops aimed at stimulating business activity throughout Galway City and County. The aim being to create jobs among small businesses and encourage those with a business idea to pursue their dream.

The week began on Monday the 2nd of March with the first of our business advisory sessions, which were held in our offices in County Buildings. The evenings main event was 300 Seconds - Learn to Pitch for Success. This offered female entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business idea in 300 seconds. The series of talks by the local business community for the business community, gave valuable insight into the challenges and opportunity of being self-employed. The message was clear  – the first step is having belief in your own ability.

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On Day two of Local Enterprise Week we held our first of our outreach business advisory sessions in Clifden. These continued throughout the week visiting Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Tuam and Gort. Our Content Creation training course was also hugely beneficial for those who were looking to keep their customers engaged in their business. The first of the weeks regional events, “Improve your Productivity” took place on Tuesday evening. The seminar focused on the hugely successful Lean for Micro programme, that has already helped 32 Galway businesses save over €3 million since 2016. This event also included the launch of the new book, "Lean Implementations in Micro and Small Enterprises Book of Cases". Over twenty small companies were included in the book, which showcased how they applied LEAN techniques and tools to improve their competitiveness and productivity. The publication, which was edited by Darrin Taylor from Waterford Institute of Technology School of Business, is available through Local Enterprise Offices around the country. Robert Hernan, Senior Lean Advisor with Enterprise Ireland, facilitated the event, which included a panel discussion with regional business owners and their experience introducing LEAN principles in their business. The panel discussion included business owners in the hospitality, technology and food sector, emphasising that any business from any industry can benefit from the Lean for Micro program. The event also saw Armour Interactive crowned the Galway winners of this year’s National Enterprise Awards. We wish them all the best as they compete in the national finals in May.

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Day three of Local Enterprise Week started bright and early for those who were tired of being kept in the dark of ways they could reduce their energy bill. Our SME Energy Training helped those looking to switch to one of the most popular and successful energy training programmes available to businesses in Ireland. While our energy training program was being held in County Buildings, another group of entrepreneurs where in the Menlo Park Hotel learning about the power of branding. This workshop went through the branding process to help ensure participants businesses unlocked its full market potential. Later that evening we were in Ballinasloe with PR Pam for our Be Inspired by Business Insider Tips. The discussion focused on how to boost your business profile and media performance while earning increased coverage across multiple media platforms. On Wednesday, we also hosted our second event of the week in the Portershed where Alfie Jones, Head of Information Systems and Broadband Officer in Galway City Council, and Noel Madden, Executive Engineer of Galway County Council, spoke about the importance of maintaining your online security. The practical workshop informed attendees of email and web filtering, cyber security, mobile and social media security.

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Our first event on Thursday was our start your own business boot camp. This was an intensive workshop, based on our start your own business course (you can book your place for our April course here), which went through what’s involved in setting up your own enterprise. The second regional event of the week took place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. The interactive workshop with cross border trading expert Tony McNally, and Fergal Brophy of The UCD Innovation Academy discussed the implications of Brexit for small businesses, the opportunities it can provide, and how developing your innovation skills is key for survival in today’s fast changing world. Back in Galway at our Foodprenuers Workshop, Declan Droney was dishing out his top tips on developing a food business. We hope everyone who attended the course had a good thyme and gouda luck with your business expansion! While many of this week’s events were aimed at those who had existing businesses, our “Bright Ideas” workshop was aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs develop their idea in a viable business. Attendees were asked to share their business idea among the group, which was then tested to see if it could be developed further. Our evening events, “Doing Business in Galway 2020 and Beyond” and “The Big Vision” – The Development of Enterprise of Loughrea, focused on the future development of Enterprise Galway and how entrepreneurs can play their part in writing the future of Galway, and what supports are available to help achieve the vision.

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The week ended with two additional business advisory sessions in Tuam and Gort. Throughout the week we seen over 30 business people in six locations. If you missed our advisory session during the week, no need to panic – if you phone our office on (091) 509090 we can arrange an appointment in our offices in County Buildings.

And while Local Enterprise Week is officially over, the LEO Galway team are available year-round as the first stop shop for all your business needs. So, if you’re a budding entrepreneur looking to turn your idea into a sustainable business model, or an existing business looking to expand, you can phone our offices on (091) 509090, to find out more about our supports and services to help turn your dream into a reality.  

The team would also like to thank everyone who made this week so successful. Local Enterprise Week 2020 was our biggest and best yet and couldn’t be done with the help of all our speakers, those who hosted our events and last but not least you. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who came to our events and supported Local Enterprise Week, together we're #MakingItHappen. 

 

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