#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week Goes Virtual for 2021

#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week Goes Virtual for 2021

All events for Local Enterprise Week are taking place online - from Monday, March 1st to Friday, March 5th!

This year’s schedule includes these ten ‘Spotlight’ events below, which are organised by individual Local Enterprise Offices and open to every business – wherever you’re based.

So, find out what supports and programmes are the best fit for your business to help face the challenges ahead and book your place today!



Event Title


Cost & More Info

Monday 01 March 

9.00 am - 10.45am

Benefits of Green for your Business –Launching Green for Micro 

Sustainability is often quite a theoretical concept and many small businesses just don't know where to start.

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. We're taking the theory away and just bringing this down to practical action steps for business.

Discover the benefits of doing so from business owners who have already done it. Meet a selection of SMEs from around the country who have introduced green principles into their business. Learn how to market your green business credentials as a unique selling point.

You will also hear about the new Local Enterprise Office 'Green for Micro' supports. This programme is designed to provide small businesses with tailored expert advice on how to drive sustainability. Qualifying SMEs will access two days of intensive mentoring including a sustainability audit and action plan, designed to help "green" your business.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Dublin City]

  Monday  01 March 

11 am to 1pm

Spring Back & Step Forward: Building Leadership & Resilience

A highly motivational online event, focusing on developing leadership and resilience to adapt to the challenges and opportunities facing businesses today.

The event will feature two very special guest speakers:

Emma Jones CBE: Since launching Enterprise Nation in 2005, Emma Jones CBE and her team have helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses. Enterprise Nation is the most active UK small business community and a leading campaigning voice for small business.

A Masterclass with Mark Pollock: Turning Challenges into Opportunities - The Challenge Cycle. Hosted by Paula Cunniffe.

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. During this online masterclass, Mark helps leaders and their teams to build resilience and maintain motivation, embrace change and unexpected challenges and to chart a path through uncertainty

Following a brief break, the event will continue with a panel of innovative, resilient indigenous entrepreneurs. The panel includes:

·       Rosey Temple, Magees of Donegal,

·       Cathal Mc Gloin, ServisBot,

·       Jenni Timoney (Fit Pink)

each of whom will each share stories of resilience, developing their leadership skills and pushing through challenging times.

This lively discussion and Q&A session will leave you feeling both inspired and motivated to keep on going.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Donegal]

Tues 02 March 


Building The New

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates


This dynamic morning session focusing on innovation and opportunity for entrepreneurs and SMEs who have already or are planning to pivot their business. 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.


A live streamed webinar includes a brilliant panel of entrepreneurs and engaging video and image content throughout. Hosted by Damian Young: Commercial Manager; National Design Innovation Hub; Centre 4 Design, the line up includes:


  • Dough Bros – Restaurant which pivoted to DIY kits, collection and delivery.
  • Gra Chocolates – luxury, handmade and hand painted chocolates – the business grew out of COVID
  • Micil Poitin – using current equipment and knowledge to produce hand sanitiser instead of Gin as a response to community need
  • Galmont Hotel – using innovative technology to provide professional conferences for their clients.
  • Blackrock Beachwear – a new businesses idea that emerged from the popularity of sea swimming this year.
  • Gourmet Tart Company – Pivoted from a restaurant/take away to offering customised gift boxes to suit all occasions, from business gifts to corporate gifts and luxury ideas for clients, family and friends. Contents include their own products and locally sourced produce to include in the hampers. Winner of the Best Medium Business Award at the Irish Business Design Challenge 2020.


Be part of the event via social media (Twitter) and share your content on IGTV and Facebook platforms post event.



Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Galway]

Tuesday 02 March


Growing Lean:
One Small Step or One Giant Leap, Getting Started with Lean

Lean focuses on the elimination of waste in day-to-day tasks, improving efficiency, saving time and money. The biggest challenge which many business-owners face, is how to get started with Lean. 


This afternoon session will introduce you to the basics of Lean thinking, how it is applied and the many supports available.


Lean can be about more than cash savings though. It is about building a stable, secure, and sustainable business that is agile enough to face economic challenges. It liberates you, as the business owner, from non-value adding activities by questioning and re-designing processes. It allows you to focus on business growth and value-adding activities. It can also enhance your quality-of-life by relieving you of non-productive work.


The big question everyone is “How do I Get started”?  The decision to get started is the hard part and this seminar will introduce lean tools and thinking, key steps and challenges to getting started.  It will also feature real-life examples from Irish businesses are that living Lean including:


  • Trevor Lynam, Lynam Painting
  • Kathleen Scully, Vacuum & Pressure Service
  • Barry Flanagan, Kildare Brewing Company


Business owners will be joined by Robert Hernan of Enterprise Ireland Stuart Nelson of Jigsaw Better Business for a panel discussion.


The webinar will include practical exercises and steps that you can apply in your business straight away. It will show you the way to get started, who to connect with and what supports are available. If you are a micro enterprise looking to take your first steps in Lean, this workshop is for you.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Kildare]

Wed 03 March 

9.30am – 1pm

AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food

Join us this Local Enterprise Week for AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food. This fast-paced interactive conference will examine how AgriTech has transformed farming and continues to help the sector thrive.

Open to all and hosted by LEO South Cork, this annual AgriTech conference returns in an exclusively online capacity. Speakers will explore how using technology can put Ireland at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and where the export opportunities are.
Join us this Local Enterprise Week for AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food. This fast-paced interactive conference will examine how AgriTech has transformed farming and continues to help the sector thrive.

Open to all and hosted by LEO South Cork, this annual AgriTech conference returns in an exclusively online capacity. Speakers will explore how using technology can put Ireland at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and where the export opportunities are.

3 cutting edge sessions will tackle a variety

• Global Pandemic Increasing AgriTech Engagement featuring Kieran Feeney of Herdeye, John Garvey of FarmHedge on farming plus Jack Crotty of NeighbourFood and Barbara Bray of ALO Solutions on Food.
• AgriTech and Sustainability featuring – Michéal McInerney of StrongBo, Fiona Brennan of Teagasc and Laura Kane of UCC in a discussion moderated by Suzanne Campbell
• AgriTech and Export Opportunities: this session will explore food export opportunities with contributions by Conor Mulhall of The Little Milk Company and specialists from Enterprise Ireland.

The conference concludes with a keynote address by Aidan Connolly, AgriTech Capital.

Join us for a lively discussion on all things AgriTech, sustainability, export opportunities, and more.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO South Cork]

Wednesday 03 March 

2pm – 4:30pm

Creative Connections: Enabling your B-2-B Online Opportunities

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.

The event will begin with a case study on what trade buyers are looking for.

The topic of how to display your product in an online environment, your virtual showroom, will be tackled next.

Hear from two creative entrepreneurs who have travelled the road of developing B2B online selling tools.

Discover how to use the Trading Online Voucher to drive your online business sales

Be part of “The Pitch”, a group chat competition running throughout the session.

This high energy, solution focussed event will conclude with a group discussion. If you’re in the creative sector and looking to drive business growth, this seminar is just for you.


Book here

Open to all. Organised by LEO Carlow

Thursday 04 March 

10am 11.30amEngage for Growth with David Meade

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.


Book here

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

Thursday 04 March 

4pm – 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.


Book here

Thursday 04 March 

7pm – 8.15pmMasterclass: Health checking your business for its forward journey.

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.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Wexford]

March 5th 

9.30am -12.30pmTrading Online Voucher Information Webinar

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.


Book here

[Open to all. Organised by LEO Fingal]