Local Enterprise Week 2022

Businesses across Laois are being encouraged to take advantage of the array of events and topics at this year’s Local Enterprise Week. The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices takes place from the 7th to 11th March with over 220 events for businesses and entrepreneurs taking place in person and online across the country.

The theme of this year’s Week is “Making It Happen” and is focused on helping businesses to look forward and to future proof themselves for the years ahead. The full listings for the week have been announced with a wide range of events taking place in Laois.

Highlights from Local Enterprise Week will include ` a ‘Tik Tok for Business’ workshop delivered by Ken McHugh, Lefthand Productions on Monday 7th March. Ken has delivered very successful workshops in other years on Podcasting and creating videos to promote your business. Places are limited so early booking is advisable and registration is essential.

Local Enterprise Office Laois in collaboration with Laois Chamber will hold a Women in Business Networking lunch on Tuesday 8th March to mark International Womens’ Day. This event will take place in the Killeshin hotel, Portlaoise from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and special guest for the event is Rathdowney native Louise Phelan, CEO of Phelan Energy Group Ltd. and former Vice President of PayPal who will be in conversation with Ronan Berry, Midlands 103. The fee for entry is €10 which includes a two-course lunch – registration is essential.

One to one Mentoring clinics will take place each day on topics such as Raising finance for your business, social media clinics, digital marketing, business planning and export advice. The 1-hour Mentoring Sessions will take place during Enterprise Week online via Zoom. As we have a limited number of sessions available advance booking must be made. Please book online and we will contact you directly to advise appointment time.

Along with the specific local events, the Local Enterprise Offices have 12 national Spotlight events that are available online, taking place across the week and open to all small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. These events are free to join online and cover everything from digitalisation and exporting to future proofing your business and boosting your business online.

Honor Deevy, Acting Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Laois said: “Initiatives like Local Enterprise Week are more important than ever as they showcase all the supports that are available to small businesses and start-ups now. As well as the twelve ‘Spotlight’ events, LEO Laois are offering a full programme of events over the five days of Local Enterprise Week. Our advice to all local businesses and to those with a business idea, is to have a look at the events taking place by visiting and to book early.”

Local Enterprise Week is the perfect opportunity for many businesses to dip into a specific area of interest and gather information on a topic that may be relevant to their business now or in the future. It also provides the perfect opportunity for someone who may be interested in starting a business to get an idea of some of the key areas of focus and how to take those first steps.

The Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support thousands of small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide. Since their establishment in 2014 they have helped provide a range of supports to small businesses including mentoring, training, sector specific expert consultancy and financial supports to help guide businesses at any stage of their development.

For more information on Local Enterprise Week and to find information on the National Spotlight Events and specific events in your area go to or

Contact Local Enterprise Office Laois on 057 86 61800 for more details.

Details of events taking place for Local Enterprise Week, from March 7th to 11th, are available at Local Enterprise Week is brought to you by your Local Enterprise Office and supported by Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities. It`s an initiative of the Government of Ireland.

For more information: please contact Local Enterprise Office Laois on 057 8661800 or by email