#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week goes virtual for 2021!

#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week goes virtual for 2021!


Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country and all events are taking place virtually from Monday, 1 March to Friday, 5th March.


This year’s schedule includes ten “spotlight" events which are organised by individual Local Enterprise offices and open to every business – wherever you are 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 at www.localenterprise.ie/week.


Highlights during Local Enterprise Week includes:


Benefits of Green for your Business – Launching Green for Micro (9.30am – 10.45am) [Spotlight Event]

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.

Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. Price: FREE


Spring Back & Step Forward: Building Leadership & Resilience (10am to 1pm) [Spotlight Event] 

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. Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Donegal. Price: FREE


Digital Marketing Course (9.30am to 12 noon)

This 12 session online courses commences on Tuesday, 2 March followed by 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 March, 1, 6, 8 April 2021. (Tuesdays 9.30am to 12noon, Thursdays 2pm to 4.30pm). Trainer: Keith Feighery, Digital Insights Ltd.

Open to Offaly businesses & organised by Local Enterprise Office Offaly, Price: 150

Building The New (10am to 1pm) [Spotlight Event]

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. Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Galway. Price: FREE

So You Want to Start your Own Business (10am to 11.30am)

Have you a business idea or are you searching for the freedom of working for yourself but don’t know where to start. Take the first step by attending this workshop and see what opportunities 2021 could hold for you. Speaker: Alec Drew.

Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Offaly, Price: FREE

Growing Lean: One Small Step or One Giant Leap, Getting Started with Lean (2pm to 4 pm) [Spotlight Event]

The biggest challenge which many business- owners face, is how to get started with LEAN. This event will set out the many supports available as well as an introduction to Lean Thinking – which will cover the basics, and how it is applied. It will also feature a selection of businesspeople who will share their experience of introducing LEAN into their businesses.

Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Kildare. Price: FREE


AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food (9.30am to 1pm) [Spotlight Event]

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.

Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office South Cork. Price: FREE

Creative Connections: Enabling your B-2-B Online Opportunities (2pm to 4:30pm)[Spotlight Event]

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. Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Carlow. Price: FREE


Engage for Growth with David Meade (10am to 11.30am)[Spotlight Event]

A highly energetic and interactive 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.

Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Price: FREE

The 3 in 1 Masterclass – Finding, Engaging and Retaining New Clients (2pm to 4.30pm)

All you need to know about growing your business contained in one workshop. Speaker: Alec Drew and Stephen Murtagh. Open to all and organised by Local Enterprise Office Offaly. Price: FREE

S.M.A.R.Tech for Start Ups (4pm to 5.30pm) [Spotlight Event]

This dynamic event is aimed at technology start-ups who want to learn more about supports for their business growth. Speakers from both private and public sectors will discuss new digital transformation technologies such as IoT, Industry 4.0, Automation, Robotics and Data Analysis. This event includes a virtual tour of the Dell Customer Solution Centre and the new campus in Limerick of the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing. Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Clare. Price: FREE

Masterclass: Health checking your business for its forward journey (7pm to 8:15pm)[Spotlight Event]

Blaise Brosnan, Management Resource Institute author and business guru, will deliver a masterclass assessing the financial health of your business. He will examine working capital, cashflow management and financial challenges and will tease out the issues while offering a range of practical solutions which you can both understand and use. Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Wexford. Price: FREE


Trading Online Voucher Information Webinar (9:30am to 12:30pm)[Spotlight Event]

This innovative scheme helps small businesses to develop their online presence by offering vouchers, valued at up to €2,500, towards e-commerce 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.  Open to all & organised by Local Enterprise Office Fingal. Price: FREE


Whether you are in business or just thinking of starting out on your own, then it is worth checking out what other supports are on offer from the Local Enterprise Office Offaly.


The Local Enterprise Office Offaly can provide financial assistance to eligible businesses in the manufacturing or internationally traded services sectors. The funding can be used towards taking on staff, purchasing equipment and other business requirements.


For more information on how the Local Enterprise Office can help your business, visit www.localenterprise.ie/offaly or email info@leo.offalycoco.ie.