Local Enterprise Week Events List

#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week 2022!

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Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country. Taking place from Monday 7th to Friday 11th March, each Local Enterprise Office has its own programme of events. Check out the full line up in this brochure.

In addition, business owners from across the country are invited to attend our SPOTLIGHT EVENTS. These events are organised by individual Local Enterprise Offices and are open to every business, no matter where you're based. You'll see them marked with a star throughout the brochure.

We invite you to use Local Enterprise Week to make time for you and your business. Be informed and inspired by a great line-up of speakers and topics throughout the week. Discover the supports and programmes available to help your business to thrive. Book your place today at LocalEnterprise.ie/Week

You can view the full Local Enterprise Week event brochure for Mayo here!

Date 

Time 

Event Title

Description

Cost and More Information

Monday March 7th

9.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m

Drive Growth by Digitising Your Business

Digitalisation can drive efficiency and effectiveness in your business. Discover how to automate processes, improve efficiency and connect your software applications to streamline operations. Learn from companies who have already digitised and seen the benefits. And find out about the Local Enterprise Office Digital Voucher that can help kickstart the digitalisation process in your business.
Hosted by Joan Mulvihill Digitalisation Lead at Siemens, this event will be entrepreneur led and feature an interactive panel discussion.

FREE

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Monday March 7th10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.mIntroductory Start Your Own Business WorkshopThis highly interactive, participant focused workshop gives entrepreneurs a clear picture of how to proceed with their business idea. The different legal structures, the importance of a business plan, skills gap identification, SWOT analysis, the pros and cons of self-employment, registering a business and the marketing mix. 

Free

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Monday March 7th2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.Trading Online Voucher Information SeminarInformation on the financial assistance available for website development and digital marketing. Participants will understand the TOV process, eligibility criteria and the 16-point website checklist.

FREE

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Monday March 7th2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.Food: Consumer Trends in 2022. Hear from Ireland's leading food expertsWhat changes in consumer behaviour can the food industry expect this year? How will this affect your food business? What opportunities await? Join us to hear the latest Bord Bia research and a panel of industry experts discuss trends and insights into how the consumer will behave for 2022 and beyond.
This dynamic event for the food industry will interest existing and start-up food producers, farmers, and food operators.

FREE

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Monday March 7th7.00 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.Retail: Adapting and Innovating in an Ever-changing Trading EnvironmentRetailers are, without doubt, some of Ireland’s most resilient and innovative entrepreneurs. The trading environment is constantly changing and retailers not only change with them, but lead on innovation.
This Spotlight event, designed for retailers, focusses on managing change, developing innovative practices, anticipating customer needs, using multiple channels to reach customers and future trends. Hosted by Retail Consultant Miriam Simon, this inspiring and dynamic session features retailers, Retail Excellence and industry experts.

Free

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Tuesday March 8th9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.Prepare Your Business For CustomsParticipants will have a clear understanding of the complex area of customs preparation. Focus on free trade agreements, the Union customs code, Rules of origin Customs declarations, Tariffs, duties and VAT. Deferred payments and returned goods relief, UK post Brexit rules changes.

FREE

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Tuesday March 8th10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.Internationalising Your Business: Developing Export Opportunities in a Digital AgeBusinesses across Ireland are facing challenges; how to introduce innovation, drive efficiency and run more effectively. Tackle these challenges head-on through Lean. Focus on what the customer values, identify and eliminate waste and inefficiency.
This event will introduce Lean Thinking and provide practical actions steps. It will examine how digitalisation can transform business, utilize data, and improve your product offering. Featuring entrepreneurs who have already adopted Lean thinking and expert speakers.

FREE

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Tuesday March 8th2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.From Good to Great: Using Lean for a Competitive EdgeBusinesses across Ireland are facing challenges; how to introduce innovation, drive efficiency and run more effectively. Tackle these challenges head-on through Lean. Focus on what the customer values, identify and eliminate waste and inefficiency.
Hosted by award-winning Lean Coach Stuart Nelson of Jigsaw Better Business, this session will feature an interactive workshop to help you get started. You will also meet 4 entrepreneurs who have already adopted Lean thinking and hear Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland experts about the supports available.
Using the lessons from this practical workshop you can improve profits, customer service and employee engagement. Improve your business by attending this event!

FREE

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Wednesday March 9th9.00 a.m. - 11 a.m.Going Green: Small Steps, Big Impact

Discover how small steps can have a big impact on your business, your customer, your carbon footprint and the environment.
Aimed at small business owners across all sectors, Going Green is about taking one step at a time. Learn about the changes you can make in your own business and the supports available to help you achieve it.
Featuring keynote speaker Dr Tara Shine (Change by Degrees) and hosted by Jackie Gowran (Business Weaving), this event will feature business owners who are already Going Green.

FREE

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Wednesday March 9th10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.Video Creation for Digital MarketingAfter watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to complete an online purchase, additionally the possibility of achieving a Page 1 listing on google increases 53 times if you have a video. Participants will learn how to create videos and integrate them into their digital marketing strategy. Topics covered : banner videos with wave, use of Canva.com for Facebook videos, ideas for creating video content, and the use of all social media channels.

FREE

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Wednesday March 9th11.00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Agile Ambition: Funding for InnovationThe Agile Innovation Fund gives small companies rapid access to funding to develop new technologies, new products or to respond more quickly to develop new market opportunities. Companies can access up to 50% to support new product, process or service development projects, up to a total spend €300,000. Smaller projects may also qualify for 50% grant aid.
This event tells the story of two companies who have successfully received this support and provides valuable insights into the online application process.

FREE

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Wednesday March 9th2.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.Intellectual Property: First Steps In Protecting Your BusinessLearn how to identify intellectual property in your business or processes. Aimed at technology, manufacturing, processing and creative industries, this event will help you understand the first steps you need to take in protecting your IP assets.
Discover the supports available to you through the Enterprise Europe Network, your Local Enterprise Office, Enterprise Ireland and other agencies. And don’t miss the opportunity for a one-to-one consultation session with one of our IP experts.

FREE 

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Thursday March 10th9:30am - 12:30pmFuture Proofing Your Small Business Using Smart Tech Tools

Want to work smarter not harder in future? Technology is ever-changing. Business owners are invited to this tech pitstop to learn about emerging technologies that can help futureproof any business.
This dynamic, innovative workshop, delivered by Noel Davidson, aims to help small business owners, assess if they are using enough, easily available, smart tech tools to save time and work more efficiently.

NOTE: This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Session 2 takes place on Thursday 24th March from 09.30-12.30hrs. By registering for the 10th March, you are automatically registered the second session.

FREE

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Thursday March 10th2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.Social Media Mashup: Future Opportunities For Your Business

Now, more than ever, it is important that businesses include social media as part of their business strategy. This lively discussion will include which apps you can use to enhance your social media offering, the importance of blogging and vlogging, digital marketing and future trends such as influencer marketing, long form and snackable content.
Hosted by Tereseanne O’Reilly, it includes leading speakers Samantha Kelly the Tweeting Goddess, serial entrepreneur Jordan Casey, creator of Waterford Whispers News Colm Wilkinson and Paul Dower of Waterford in your Pocket.

FREE

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Thursday March 10th6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Understanding Financials for Business Planning

This workshop will help participants understand the importance and benefits of business finance and financial planning. The workshop details the elements of business financial planning and includes a determination of monthly running costs, true costs of  employment, cash flow management, determining how expansion or start-up could be financed and how to understand a P&L account

FREE

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Friday March 11th8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Networking Breakfast: What Does Green Mean for Your Business?

This breakfast networking event will look at how you can lower operating costs by adopting renewable energy technologies and driving efficiencies in your business. 

FREE

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Friday March 11th11.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

Boost Your Business Online: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

Do you want to maximise your online presence and stand out from the crowd? Have you recently launched or upgraded your website with a Trading Online Voucher?
Join Local Enterprise Office Clare and BrandAmp for this interactive session full of hints and tips on how to boost your business online. Discover how to proactively manage, improve effectiveness, and increase customer acquisition online. All attendees are entered into a draw to be in with a chance to win a FREE SEO Mini Audit.

FREE

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Friday March 11th2.00 p.m. - 3.45 p.m.

Show Me The Money

Raising finance for your business can be a real challenge. Where do you start? Who is the right lender for your business? How do you apply? How do you improve your chances of getting a positive decision?
Join us for an afternoon online seminar featuring financing experts and organisations that invest in small and start-up businesses, including the Local Enterprise Office, Microfinance Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, SBCI, the Credit Review Office and more.

FREE

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