Short Courses

To assist the small business community in meeting the challenges of the business world, LEO Galway provide a wide range of high-quality training supports which are tailored to meet specific business requirements. Whether it is starting a business or growing a business there is something suitable for everyone.

Please find below the workshops which are currently scheduled. 

As capacity is limited, you must book your course in advance. You can book onto courses from the links below:

HOW TO DELIVER YOUR SERVICES ONLINE.  – Online       18 Feb.    Cost  €15

How to sell your service online from your home or office.    Learn how to use affordable online tools and techniques to deliver a professional service online. This three hour interactive online webinar workshop, with a live instructor, will help you understand what you need to know and how to make it happen.

Session is 3 hrs, starting 10am until 1pm.

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MANAGING CASHFLOW for your Business. – Online         23 Feb.       Cost €15

Cash is king for a business, learn practical ways to manage cashflow in your business.   Cash is the lifeline of any business.    This practical interactive online training will help you identify and address cashflow issues within your business.    

Session is 3 hrs, starting 10am until 1pm.

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HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR WEBSITE. – Online                    25 Feb.   Cost €15              

Do you have a new website, but aren’t sure how to maximise this new sales tool? Let us walk you through the steps of finding your ideal customer online and driving them to take action on your website. Don’t let your newly created website just sit there idle, let it help you bring new business direct to your door.  Session is 3 hrs, starting 2pm to 5pm.

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Customs Compliance Workshop - Online - 1 March Cost €15

This event is open to all local businesses and should help them to gain a better understanding of the procedures involved in trading with a country which is not part if the single market.

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SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION  - Online                             2 March.   Cost €15              

Learn the importance of search and SEO for marketing your business and driving traffic to your website.  This workshop aims to provide a detailed overview of current Search Engine Optimisation best practice, it will address keyword research, long tail keywords, structure, navigation and sales conversion.

Session is 3 hrs, starting 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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Building The New - 2 March - 10m - 1pm - Local Enterprise Week Event

This event features a selection of new businesses, including those which began as a result of Covid-19 and those which have had to innovate. Hosted by Damian Young: Commercial Manager; National Design Innovation Hub; Centre 4 Design, the line up includes: Dough BrosGra ChocolatesMicil PoitinGalmont HotelBlackrock Beachwearand Gourmet Tart Company

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CONTENT CREATION & CANVA GRAPHICS – Online          3/4/5 March      Cost €25

Learn how to create and develop unique and relevant content and graphics (canva) for your website and social media channels. Find out how to keep your customers engaged and interested in your business.

3 sessions of 2hrs 15mins, starting 10am until 12.15pm.

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Trading Online Voucher Webinar - 8th of March - 2pm

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a financial incentive to small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online.This information webinar is open to all prospective applicants to support them in their application process and it is a condition of applying for the vouchers that applicants participate in one of these webinars. More information on the Trading Online Voucher can be accessed here

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Compliance Essentials for Trading Online  & Marketing Online.        9/10 March.     Cost €25

If you are selling online or you are marketing online,  you need to protect your business.  Learn the security essentials for managing your website, your marketing activities and your customer’s data.  Make sure your website and trading online is compliant.   How to cover the basics of Privacy Policies, Cookies Permissions and Website Terms and Conditions. 

Each online session is 3 hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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MARKETING TECHNIQUES for your Business – Online      11/12 March.          Cost €25              

Learn how to market your business. Find out how to identify your market segment, analyze, decide and plan the most effective marketing strategy for your business. Learn various marketing and PR techniques, including Guerilla Marketing.    Each online session is 3 hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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SAGE BUSINESS CLOUD ACCOUNTING – Online   – Computerised Accounts System.               15/18/22/24/29/31 March.        Cost €50

A 30 day free trial of Sage Accounts is provided with this training course.                            

How to set up Sage Business Cloud Accounting, imput the financial information in order to extract from the computerized accounts system, their bank position, amounts outstanding to the business and by the business.   Process VAT returns,  trial balances ,extract Profit and Loss and the financial position of the business. 

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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MANAGING REMOTE WORKING – Online                            16 March                Cost €15              

Are you struggling to maintain team performance and productivity level through the periods of working from home.   Perhaps you have a particular employee or stakeholder performance concerns and are unsure how to handle while working remotely.  This session will take business owners through how to maximize team productivity and performance, and effectively deal with any issues that arise.

Online Session is 3hrs, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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VISUAL STORYTELLING for your Business – Online.           23 & 30 March   Cost €25              

Suitable for any business type – Learn how to create a video & photo story in one day.

Visual storytelling helps reinforce your business message & video marketing is one of the latest and cost- effective techniques to promote your business and with your smartphone, you have all the tools you need at your fingertips, suitable for Smartphone and Android. 

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESS – Online.  includes ad campaigns (Intermediate/Advanced)        25/26/29 March.                Cost €25                                                                                                     

This workshop is for people already familiar with facebook and with an existing business facebook page in operation.  Facebook is constantly changing and has evolved into an advertising business platform. This will cover the latest facebook marketing techniques.  

3 sessions online, each session is 2hrs 15 mins from 10am to 12.15pm

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BUSINESS PLAN FOR GROWTH   – Not just financing.  -Online  31 March & 7 April.                   Cost €25

Every business needs a plan: needs to know where it’s headed, if it’s on track and what needs to change to achieve its goals. A Business Plan is much more than a tool for helping raise finance, it’s an essential part of any organisation’s growth. This course is designed for anyone who needs to write a business plan. For business owners who want to raise or restructure finance. For leaders who want to generate more growth and build a sustainable business for the long haul. 

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL MARKETING – Online.  April-dates below.         15 Places.            Cost €150

(QQI Level 5) Course – 12 Modules.        

The Digital landscape is changing rapidly. New channels, strategies and benchmarks appear on a daily basis. This practical hands on course will give you a complete overview of all of the core channels and how they fit together in order to plan and deliver successful digital and social media marketing campaigns, applicable for both B2B and B2C businesses. Whether you are looking to grow your business, develop business opportunities or build and advance your career, this course is relevant for most professionals in business today

This online course will cover 3 modules per week and take place over 4 weeks. (Final QQI accreditation costs €150). Click here to access the full syllabus. 

Download an expression of interest here. Expression of interest should be returned to leotraining@leo.galwaycoco.ie. 

SALES & SELLING – Online.    A Skills Workshop.                      6 April.                  Cost €15

Sales in the lifeblood of every business.  Lots of Start Ups and Small businesses can struggle with sales, learn how to help your customers to buy from you.  The aim of this workshop is to show participants how to drive sales growth through the application of skills and the creation of an action plan to meet stretch KPIs.   Find out how to increase your sales. 

Online Session is 3hrs, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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FINANCIALS FOR SMALL BUSINESS – Online. Examine costing, pricing and cash flow           13/14 April.               Cost €25                             Introduces you to the basic principles of costing, pricing and managing your cash flow. Learn how to carry out a breakeven analysis and how to price products and services. Examine useful techniques to analyze and control costs. This workshop will enable participants to ‘strike the right balance’ by correctly costing and pricing to meet customer expectations and to the best advantage for your business. 

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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D.I.Y. SMART VIDEO for your Business – Online.  20/26 April.       15 Places.            Cost€25               

Suitable for any business type.

80% of all content viewed on social is now video.   Creating video is easier than you think, and with your smartphone you have all the tools you need.  This practical workshop can show you step-by-step how to create videos.   

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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HOW TO SELL ON AMAZON – Online.   21 April.                Cost €15

In this programme we will go through the process of setting up and selling on the Amazon platform.  We will look at the options available to us as sellers and some top tips to make sure our products sell.

Online Session is 3hrs, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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DEVELOPING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE in a Changing World.  - Online.              27/28 April.                  Cost €25

 At the end of this workshop participants should be able to understand how people buy in the new always on, online digital economy. They will have an understanding of how to identify potential customers for their business, how online search engines work, the importance of understanding keywords and how to do a key word analysis. They will understand the most used social media in Ireland, and which of these may or may not be appropriate as a brand development media for their businesses. They will also have an introduction to the functionality and potential of online advertising options.

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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FIRST TIME EMPLOYING. – Online                            29/30 April.                 Cost €25

Learn the correct procedure for taking on an employee for the first time.  What records and documentation is required to satisfy and comply with correct employment regulations.

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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TENDERING FOR PUBLIC PROCUREMENT. – Online.         4/5 May.                   Cost €25

This workshop is designed for senior management to include finance, marketing and business development, and technical experts who want to learn how to leverage opportunities presented by Public Procurement tenders (in Ireland and the UK).

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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INSTAGRAM and TWITTER FOR BUSINESS – Online.         6/7/10 May.                Cost €25

This workshop will show you how to use Instagram and Twitter for brand building and marketing your business including setting up accounts and how to focus on your customers. 

3 sessions online, each session is 2hrs 15 mins from 10am to 12.15pm

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FOOD STARTER PROGRAMME –   Online 11th, 18th, 25th May & 1st June                12 Places.            Cost €50

The Food Starter programme is aimed at people thinking of starting their own food business or in the early stages of start-up and includes people who are hoping to progress their food hobby into a full time sustainable business.

Each online session is 9.30am to 1pm.

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TAX and VAT FOR BEGINNERS    - Online.              12/13 May.                 Cost €25                              

Learn how to address a range of taxation issues for startup businesses, the basic principles of taxation, starting a business, tax compliance, allowances, tax relief and legal structures. Learn which correct assessment forms are required by revenue and be guided through their completion. Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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HOW TO START A PODCAST – Online     17/18 May.            Cost €25              

Suitable for any business type.

Learn how to start a podcast with this step-by-step podcasting workshop which will teach you how to record, edit and upload, along with all the tools you need to start.   Learn how to release and host your podcast. 

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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GOOGLE ANALYTICS for BEGINNERS – Online.    19 May.                        Cost €15

Google Analytics is one of the most popular digital analytics software. It is Google's free web analytics service that allows you to analyze in-depth detail about the visitors on your website. It provides valuable insights that can help you to shape the success strategy of your business.   

Online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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CROWDFUNDING & RAISING FINANCE – Online.               25/26 May.                  Cost €25              

This workshop will address the role of crowdfunding as a funding option for small business, and focus on campaign planning and management.   It will also look at the other options of financing a business.

Each online session is 3hrs, 10am to 1pm.

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HOW TO DO MARKET RESEARCH & VALIDATION.             27 May.                       Cost €15.

The purpose of this workshop is to give the participants the ability to learn how to implement a through Market Research programme in order to become familiar with the industry, competitors, and the overall need for their product or service. 

Session is 3 hrs, starting 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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PLEASE NOTE – All of the above workshops are done online via zoom  

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