Laois to celebrate ten years of National Women’s Enterprise Day on October 19th

Press Release                                                                                    Friday, October 14th 2016

Local Enterprise Office Laois is marking ten years of ‘National Women’s Enterprise Day’ with a major event for local entrepreneurs on Wednesday, October 19th.

All Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities in the region are joining forces to host an event in The Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath to highlight the stories of more female entrepreneurs, sharing their “road to success”. Last year, the Local Enterprise Offices supported over 11,000 female entrepreneurs through training, mentoring, direct financial assistance and networking and are calling on more local entrepreneurs to access enterprise supports in 2016.

The impressive line-up of speakers on October 19th include: Sonya Lennon of Lennon Courtney, Paula Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Consulting, Alison Ritchie of Polar Ice, Fashion Designer Heidi Higgins, Orla Barry of Barry Express and Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare.

A limited number of tickets are available for the event through www.nwed.ie and cost €30.00 per person which includes lunch.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices, regional events are taking place across the country on October 19th in the West, South West, Mid West, Mid East, Midlands, Dublin and the Border region. Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Laois said: “Thousands of female-led businesses are helped by Local Enterprise Offices every year and we are putting more of their success stories in the spotlight to encourage more women to start up their own businesses. To celebrate ten years of ‘National Women’s Enterprise Day’ on October 19th, stories of many different successful entrepreneurs will be shared at seven events around the country and we’re encouraging local entrepreneurs here in the county to share their ‘road to success’ stories that day too.”

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D., said “Women have a huge amount to contribute to business in Ireland, and they must be encouraged to start innovative enterprises that are focused on exports, growth and job creation.   I want more ambitious women across every region to start their entrepreneurship journey and take that first step. Female entrepreneurs are needed to further enhance our economy by creating more quality jobs in Ireland. The changes to the taxation treatment of entrepreneurs, self-employed and SMEs announced in Budget 2017 will also be welcomed by women entrepreneurs. Specifically, the extra funding announced for the Local Enterprise Offices will see their capital funding grow by 22% to €22.5m. This is in recognition of their pivotal role in supporting start-ups and job creation at local level”. 

The full list of Regional Ambassadors for National Women’s Enterprise Day this year are Hannah Wrixon of Last Minute Minders in Limerick (Mid West Region), Audrey Gaffney of Audrey Gaffney Associates in Meath (Mid East Region), Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa in Galway (West Region) ,Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare in Westmeath (Midlands Region), Rachel Doyle of the Arboretum (South East Region), Nicola Byrne of 11890 and Cloud 90 (Dublin Region), Valerie Kingston of Glenilen Farm in Cork (South West Region) and Margaret Reilly of CTR Manufacturing in Louth (Border Region).

A limited number of tickets are available for National Women’s Enterprise Day events, which can be booked from the Local Enterprise Offices through www.nwed.ie. The initiative is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities Network.

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For all media queries around National Women’s Enterprise Day (#NWED), please contact your Local Enterprise Office.

Notes to Editor:

National Women’s Enterprise Day events, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (www.localenterprise.ie)

Seven events taking place on Wednesday, October 19th 2016 (www.nwed.ie / #NWED)

Theme: The Road To Success

 

West Region

(Galway, Mayo and Roscommon)

Get inspired and empowered over Afternoon Tea at the g Hotel

Regional Ambassador: Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Bakery

Destination: The g Hotel, Wellpark in Galway City

Time: 8.45am for registration, finishing at 4.30pm (full day event, with Afternoon Tea)

With: Úna Burke, Luxury Accessories Designer & Artist, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications, Olwen Dawe of Business Intelligence, Carol Joyce and Anna Forde of Yourells, Karen Blissbakery of Yankee Doddle Paddy Blog, Breda Butler of Cuinneog, Deirdre Uí Chathmhaoil of Rí na Mara, Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Bakery, Fiona Faherty of Fushion Fashion, Jill Holtx of My Kids Time, Jenny Brennan of VOW Social and Maricka Burke Keogh of AltoCloud.

Cost per ticket (full day): €50, which includes Afternoon Tea at the g Hotel.

 

South West Region

(Kerry, Cork City, South Cork, Cork North and West)

Plan your route to export, master pitches and get roadmaps for your business

Regional Ambassador: Valerie Kingston, Glenilen Farm

Destination: The Brehon Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Time: 9.30am for registration, finishing at 4pm (with networking lunch)

With: Barbara Moynihan of On Your Feet, Clodagh McCarthy of Bright Sparks Coaching, Antoinette Butler of Ireland Host Family, Julia Lynes of EazyCity, Rosie Mansfield of Go Cambio, Maura Hunter of MH Designs Ltd, Valerie Kingston of Glenilen Farm, Helen Hourihane of the Health & Safety Authority, Greg Canty of Fuzion Communications, Caroline McEnery of The HR Suite and Kieran O’ Connor of Bullseye Marketing (in association with Enterprise Europe Network). Master of Ceremonies: Liz Maher, President of Kerry Businesswomen’s Network.

Cost per ticket (full day): €30, which includes networking lunch at the Brehon Hotel.

 

South East and Mid West Regions

(Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Limerick & Clare)

East meets West with after dinner speaker Miriam O’Callaghan on Wednesday and a business power breakfast on Thursday

Regional Ambassador: Rachel Doyle, Arboretum (South East) and Hannah Wrixon, Last Minute Minders (Mid West)

Destination: Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City

Time on Wed, Oct 19th: 5pm for arrival and registration, finishing at 10pm (with dinner)

Time on Thur, Oct 20th: 8.30am, finishing at 11am (with breakfast refreshments)

With: Rachel Doyle of the Arboretum, Hannah Wrixon of Last Minute Minders and Siobhan Donohoe of IrishTV.ie. Special Guest Speaker: Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.

Cost per ticket: €35, which includes dinner and breakfast refreshments at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.

 

Mid East Region

(Meath, Kildare and Wicklow)

Drive your company’s revenue, profits and cash-flow in the right direction using positive economics

Regional Ambassador: Audrey Gaffney, Audrey Gaffney Associates

Destination: Knightsbrook Hotel, Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath

Time: 11am for registration, finishing at 3.30pm (lunch included)

With: Susan Hayes Culleton of the Positive Economist, Alison Banton of Brooke & Shoals, Kathryn Byrne of Your Image Matters and Audrey Gaffney of Audrey Gaffney Associates.

Cost per ticket: €30, which includes lunch at Knightsbrook Hotel.

 

 

Midlands Region

(Westmeath, Longford, Laois and Offaly)

Hear five inspiring journeys and work out your own route to success over lunch at the Wineport Lodge Regional

Ambassador: Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare

Destination: The Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Time: 10.30am for registration, finishing at 2.30pm after networking lunch

With: Sonya Lennon of Lennon Courtney, Paula Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Consulting, Alison Ritchie of Polar Ice, Fashion Designer Heidi Higgins, Orla Barry of Barry Express and Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare.

Cost per ticket: €30, which includes a networking lunch at the Wineport Lodge.

 

Dublin Region

(Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown)

Overcome obstacles, develop your roadmap and get ready for business take-off at Dublin Airport

Regional Ambassador: Nicola Byrne of Cloud90 and 11890

Destination: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport

Time: 8.30am for registration, morning conference finishing at 1pm with light lunch

With: A dynamic team of speakers and panellists including, Nicola Byrne, Cloud90 and 11890; Joanne Hession, The Entrepreneurs Academy; Susan Spence, SoftCo; Susannagh Grogan, Susannagh Grogan Accessories; Sherry Brennan, Skip Trans Waste Management; Cora Barnes, 3Q Recruitment; Caroline Keeling, Keelings and hosted by RTÉs Keelin Shanley.

Cost per ticket: €30, which includes a light lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.

 

Border Region

(Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo, Monaghan and Donegal)

Be impressed with inspiring stories of strong female role models over lunch at Farnham Estate

Regional Ambassador: Margaret Reilly of CTR Manufacturing Ltd and Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedrooms

Destination: Radisson Farnham Estate Cavan, Co. Cavan

Time: 12.15pm for registration, finishing at 3pm (lunch included)

Special Guest: Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D.

With: Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish Country Living magazine and Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association. Plus, hear the journeys of successful entrepreneurs from the region.

Cost per ticket: €30, which includes lunch at Radisson Farnham Estate.

 

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