Laois Women Mean Business

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Office the evening offered a line-up of high profile and inspiring speakers, an exhibition of products and services from local business women and an opportunity to network and do business.

Guest speakers on the night included Anna May McHugh Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association who gave an inspirational talk about her own business journey being part of the very successful National Ploughing Championships.

Susan HayesCulleton, known as ‘The Positive Economist’ presented her ‘top ten tips on how to take control of your finances’ so that you are poised and ready to capitalise on opportunities. Her advice to the business women of Laois is that it is now time to take a different approach, rather than focusing on cost reduction, business people now need to build their margins back up again; consider expansion and growth rather than downsizing.

Honor Deevy, Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office welcomed the business women to the launch and reiterated the support of the LEO to women in business.

A number of local business women were given an opportunity to showcase their products at the event and included Ann Shields of Anneco Beauty Limited; Sandra Redden/Eilish Cashin of Mochua Print & Design; Kate Ramsbottom of The Pottery House and Helen Gee of G’s Gourmet Jams. The evening ended with networking over some light refreshments.

The Laois Enterprising Women’s Network offers business women from County Laois the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, learn from workshops, showcase their business and network.

The next meeting of the Network will be held on Wednesday, 29th June, in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise and promises an exciting line up. Any business woman wishing to become a member can email Honor Deevy at the Local Enterprise Office Laois,