National Womens Enterprise Day


National Women's Enterprise Day 2016 - Border Region Event

(Cavan, Louth, Monaghan, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal)

The Road To Success

Be impressed with inspiring stories of strong female role models over lunch at Radisson Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.

Date:           Wednesday October 19th 2016

Venue:        Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel Cavan.

Time:          12.15pm - 4.00pm (Lunch included).

This event, hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Border region, offers an exciting opportunity to network with other women in business, to meet special guests and speakers, and to hear the journeys of successful entrepreneurs from across the region.    

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The Road To Success.

Special Guest: 

Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht.

Regional Ambassador:

Margaret Reilly, CTR Manufacturing Ltd. and Grand Designs Kitchens and Bedrooms.

Margaret Reilly Grand Designs 001CTR Manufacturing was founded by Margaret in 2009, manufacturing and supplying kitchen and bedroom furniture to the trade.   In 2011, Margaret opened a second business, Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedrooms Showroom Ltd, which facilitated the showcasing of their custom designed kitchen and bedroom furniture.

In August 2015, a new factory showroom was purchased allowing for the integration of both businesses under one roof.  The company is growing and developing with 7 staff currently employed. Margaret is planning to employ an experienced sales person in the near future with a view to expanding into the North of Ireland.

Margaret started out as an apprentice cabinet maker in 1998, qualifying in 2002. Having worked in a number of sales and manufacturing companies, Margaret saw an opportunity to manufacture and supply bespoke kitchen and bedroom furniture to the trade, and set up CTR Manufacturing Ltd in 2009.

Margaret is fully immersed in family life with her husband Gulam and their three children, Aisha, Ruhan and Aamil. When she finds the time she likes to run in Drogheda Athletics Club.

Guest Speakers:

Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish County Living magazine.

Mairead LaveryMairead Lavery is editor of Irish Country Living the magazine supplement in the Irish Farmers Journal and is also managing editor of the award winning glossy Irish Country Magazine .She organises the annual Women &Agriculture conference and the bi-annual Women & Agriculture Awards.

A former winner of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists ‘National Journalist of the Year Award’ and won the National Print category on two occasions, she also won the ‘John Healy Award for Regional Journalism’ and was voted ‘Consumer Magazine Editor of the Year’ 2013.

Mairead contributes weekly to Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff Show and is a regular panellist on The Breakfast Show on Newstalk, on TRE’s Today Show and TV 3’s Midday and Ireland AM shows.

She is a graduate of the University of Limerick and Trinity College. She lives in Shanagolden, Co Limerick with her husband Sean and they have three adult children.

Mairead served on the board of Agri Aware, the farming and food education body from 2000-2010 and was its chairman for five of these years. She chaired Failte Ireland’s B&B Strategic Implementation Group from 2010/11. She is a former board member of Foynes Port Company, Limerick County Development Board and West Limerick Resources - the LEADER and social inclusion company for west Limerick.

She represented IFA on the National Economic and Social Council. She is a former County Chairman of Limerick IFA and represented the county on the IFA Executive Council.

Patricia Callan, Small Firms Association (SFA).

Photo - Patricia Callan 2016Patricia Callan is the Director of the Small Firms Association, “The Voice of Small Business” in Ireland, with responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the Association. The SFA is Ireland’s largest small firm representative organisation, with over 8,500 member companies. Its mission is to be the trusted partner of small businesses in Ireland, to deliver business-focused advice and insights to member companies, influence government policy to the benefit of small businesses and connect its members in a thriving community.

Patricia is a member of the Government’s National Economic Dialogue (NED), the Advisory Group on Small Business (DJEI), the High Level Group on Business Regulation (DJEI), the Public Procurement SME Working Group (DPER/OGP), the SME Funding Consultation Committee (Department of Finance), the Prompt Payment Code of Conduct Working Group (DJEI) and the Business Europe Entrepreneurship & SME Committee, amongst others.

She holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Limerick, a BA (mod.) in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Management from DIT, and a Diploma in Employment Law from the National College of Ireland.

A previous recipient of the “O2 WMBusinesswoman of the Year” award and the “Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year” award; Patricia was featured in the Irish Independent’s list of “Ireland’s Fifty Most Influential Women Business Leaders”, in Business & Finance magazine’s “Who’s Who in Irish Business”, and in"Capital Women of Influence: Profiles of 13 Inspirational Irish Women".