#MakingItHappen Local Enterprise Week 2022 (7th - 11th March)

Local Enterprise Week 2022

Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country.  Taking place form 7-11March 2022 business owners are invited from across the country to attend our SPOTLIGHT EVENTS.   Book your place today at localenterprise.ie/week.

Highlight events include:

Monday, 7th March 2022

Driving Growth through Digitising your Business (9.30am to 10.45am).  Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend

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

Food:  Consumer Trends in 2022.  Hear from Ireland's leading Food Experts (2pm to 3.30pm) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend. 

What changes in consumer behavior 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.  Open to all and organised by Local Enterprise Office Limerick.

Retail:  Adapting and Innovation in an ever-changing trading environment. (7pm to 8.45pm) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend. 

Retailers 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 and featuring speakers from REI, industry experts, this promises to be a really dynamic and inspiring session.  Open to all and organised by Local Enterprise Office Louth.

Tuesday, 8th March 2022

Digital Marketing Course (9.30am to 12 noon). 

Attendees at this 12 session Digital Marketing course will receive practical hands-on training across a range of digital marketing topics.  The course is delivered by Keith Feighery of Digital Insights.  Priorty will be given to participants in County Offaly.  

Internationalising Your Business:  Developing Export Opportunities in a Digital Age.  (10am to 12 noon) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend.

Businesses 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 action steps.  It will examine how digitalization can transform business, utilise data, and improve your product offering.  Featuring entrepreneurs who have already adopted Lean thinking and expert speakers.  Open to all and organised by Local Enterprise Office south Dublin. 

From Good to Great:  Using Lean for a Competitive Edge (2pm to 4pm) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend.

Businesses 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!  Open to all and organised by Local Enterprise Office Kildare.

Wednesday, 9th March 2022

Going Green:  Small Steps, Big Impact (9am to 11am) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend.

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.  Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West. 

Agile Ambition:  Funding for Innovation (11am to 12.30pm) Spotlight Event.  Free to Attend.

The 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. Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Galway.

Intellectual Property:  First Steps in Protecting your Business (2pm to 4.30pm) Spotlight Event. Free to Attend.

Learn 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. Open to all.  Organised by the Enterprise Europe Network & LEO Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim & New Frontiers North West

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Start your Own Business.  Is it Time for Change?  (10am to 12 noon).  Free to attend.

Have you a business idea or are you searching for the freedom of working for yourself but don’t know where to start? Two Hour Information Session with Alec Drew The Business Expert.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Offaly. 

Future Proofing your Small Business using Smart Tech Tools (9.30am to 12.30pm).  Free to Attend.

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. Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow

Social Media Mashup: Future Opportunities For Your Business (2pm to 4pm).  Free to Attend.

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. Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Waterford

Friday, 11 March 2022

Boost Your Business Online: How to stand out from the crowd (11am to 12 noon).  Free to Attend.

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. Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Clare.

Building a Better Business with LEAN Thinking (1pm to 2pm).  Free to Attend.

Businesses across Ireland are taking strides to improve their competitiveness by reducing costs and increasing their profit through the Lean for Micro Programme.  Find out how Lean can help you increase efficiency, reduce costs and increase your profit. 

Show Me The Money (2pm to 3.45pm) Free to attend.

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. Open to all.  Organised by Local Enterprise Office Fingal

To find out more and book your place please visit localenterprise.ie/week or search #MakingitHappen