Local Enterprise Week 2021

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Date Time Event TitleDescriptionCost & More Info
Monday 1st March9.30am-10.45am

Benefits of Green for your Business – Launching Green for Micro

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Dublin City]

This practical ‘how to’ event will help you to ‘Green’ your business and benefit from practical guidance on how to make your business more sustainable. Discover the benefits of doing so and listen to case studies from those who have already done it. You will learn how to market your green business credentials as a unique selling point. Attendees will also learn how to access ‘Green for Micro’ supports from their Local Enterprise Office.


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Monday 1st March11am-1pm

Spring Back & Step Forward: Building Leadership & Resilience

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Donegal]

A highly motivational online event, focusing on developing leadership and resilience to adapt to the challenges and opportunities facing businesses today. The line-up of speakers includes Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation and explorer and inventor Mark Pollock.


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Tuesday 2nd March10am-1pm

Building The New

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Galway]

A dynamic morning session focusing on innovation and opportunity. 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. Speakers include Damian Young of the National Design Innovation Hub, Gourmet Tart Company and Dough Bros.


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Tuesday 2nd March2.00-5.30pmFood StarterThis ‘Food Starter' programme will be delivered over four half days. It is designed to help those with a food idea or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business (typically the first 24 months).


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Wednesday 3rd March9.30am-1pmAgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food

[Open to all. Organised by LEO South Cork]

This fast-paced interactive conference will examine how AgriTech has transformed farming and continues to help the sector thrive. Speakers will explore how using technology can put Ireland at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and where the export opportunities are.


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3rd March

2.00pm-4.30pmCreative Connections: Enabling your B-2-B Online Opportunities

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Carlow]

Aimed at entrepreneurs in creative sectors, this event is designed to showcase opportunities through developing online tools for selling to the Trade. It will provide a forum for best practice sharing with expert speakers and peer learning by listening to entrepreneurs who have travelled the road of developing B2B online selling tools.


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Thursday 04 March10am 11.30am

Engage for Growth with David Meade

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown]

A highly energetic and interactive 90 minute session introducing the psychology of leadership and providing a practical toolkit for effective business management.

David Meade, internationally renowned speaker, BBC TV presenter, and expert on what makes humans ‘tick’, will deliver deep insights, new techniques, and vital takeaways to help you succeed in business with some great insights for doing this online.

David will address ways to drive engagement and empowerment. He will examine how to develop leadership, management and motivation skills, enabling you to sell well, lead well and communicate effectively.

He will provide essential “how-tos” on enhanced relationship building and developing fruitful business and work relationships and will have some great tips on how to present yourself effectively in an online environment.

He will advise on effective communication across the generational divide.

But David will also address one of the greatest challenges for business owners in the Covid-19 era: How to create high performing teams in a remote working environment and how to empower staff for maximum return on investment.

David’s high energy, entertaining style will leave you feeling energised, motivated and equipped to tackle whatever comes next in your business.

Spaces at this event are strictly limited to allow for audience engagement but the recording will be made available for those who missed the event.


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Thursday 04 March4pm – 5.30pmS.M.A.R.Tech for StartUps

This dynamic event is aimed at technology start-ups who want to learn more about supports for their business growth.S.M.A.R.Tech for Start-ups (Systems, Management, Automation & Robotic Technology), hosted by Local Enterprise Office Clare.

Hosted by Jonathan Healy of Newstalk, it features leading industry experts from Dell, Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing, ITAG AtlanTech Corridor and Get The Shifts.

Discover cutting edge technology supports available from both private and public sectors. Learn more about new digital transformation technologies such as IoT, Industry 4.0, Automation, Robotics and Data Analysis.

The event includes a virtual tour of the Dell Customer Solution Centre and the new campus in Limerick of the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing.


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Thursday 04 March7pm – 8.15pm

Masterclass: Health checking your business for its forward journey.

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Wexford]

Blaise Brosnan, Management Resource Institute author and business guru, will deliver a masterclass assessing the financial health of your business.

He will discuss working capital, what that means in practical language. He will examine the “choke” points in your working capital and how to address them.

Blaise will set out golden rules for cashflow management, identify potential problems and how to manage them. Ultimately, he will offer a range of practical solutions which you can both understand and use.

About Blaise Brosnan, B.Agr.Sc (Econ) M.Sc.Mgmt M.Mgtl.

He has a unique blend of practical top management experience gained over 25 years in his capacity as Chief Executive of a portfolio of business types. In addition to this, he has gained further national and international experience, having successfully completed a portfolio of assignment types in Ireland, US, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and in Russia.

Blaise brings his wealth of practical and theoretical business experience to each of his roles – as entrepreneur, business director, business consultant and Mentor.

In recent years, Blaise’s clients have regularly requested that he create a resource where he could impart much of his unique and invaluable knowledge, strategy and experience in one place. Hence the stimulus to write and publish his three business related books.

1. You are the Limiting Factor,
2. Jack and
3. I Dare You.

This series of books is a ‘blueprint’ of practical, hands on advice and tools that have helped readers to achieve their goals and soar towards their optimum potential. Blaise is currently working on a script for his next business related book.


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March 5th
9.30am -12.30pm

Trading Online Voucher Information Webinar

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Fingal]

The Trading Online Voucher is an innovative scheme that helps small businesses to develop their online presence by offering vouchers, valued at up to €2,500, towards website development or digital marketing strategy.

This interactive online information session will cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided is impartial and will help you decide what trading online options are right for your business.

About the Trading Online Voucher:

Grow your business online with help through the Government’s National Digital Strategy. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is designed to assist small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.

It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 with co-funding of 50% from the business along with training and advice to help your business trade online. Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 50% can make this investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.

Making informed decisions is vital for all business, so the free help and training provided by your local enterprise office in the delivery of this scheme puts you in a position to decide what is best for your business. The training sessions cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided is impartial and will help you decide on what trading online options, are right for your business.

Businesses that have already received a Trading Online Voucher can now apply for a second voucher, where upgrades are required.

Funding can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to your website or developing new apps for your customers. The voucher can also be used towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online.

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

• Limited or no e-commerce presence;
• 10 or less employees;
• Turnover less than €2m;
• Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 Months;
• Business must be located in the area covered by the LEO to whom they make their application i.e. LEOs cannot accept applications from businesses located outside their jurisdiction.


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