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12/10/20221/2022 Group Mentoring - Boosting Sales with Visual Merchandising for Craft & Design... Book online
13/10/20222/2022 Website Built, what next? Book online
18/10/20221/2022 Sustainable Futures: For a Sustainable, net-zero and nature positive future... Book online
10/10/20221/2022 How to create Marketing Videos using your Phone and the Inshot App... Book online
13/10/2022National Womens Enterprise Day 2022 Book online
13/10/202237/2022 Business Advice Clinic,Thursday 13th October, 2022... Book online
14/10/202210/2022 Start Your Own Business Programme (Mornings)... Book online

Latest News

  • Student Inc. 2022

    29/08/2022

    Student Inc. 2022 Final Showcase

    The Student Inc. 2022 Final Showcase took place last week in The Vertigo at Cork County Council. It was a fantastic day, where participants from the programme received the opportunity to showcase their business ideas. Student Inc. is a full-time 13-week programme that runs annually over the summer months of June, July and August. The programme is open to all MTU students, regardless of their year of study or academic discipline. The goal is to encourage student entrepreneurs to assess the feasibility of their business ideas and start a business in a safe and nurturing environment. ...

  • Irish Made

    22/08/2022

    4 South Cork Clients Nominated for the Irish Country Magazines "Irish Made Awards 2022"...

    A huge congratulations is in order for four of our South Cork clients who have been nominated for the Irish Country Magazines "Irish Made Awards 2022". Following a competitive selection process, an esteemed panel of judges whittled it down to a handpicked selection of impressive businesses across 12 categories. Charlie Mahon Ceramics Pottery was nominated for the Home category. Charlie Mahon is an award-winning Irish artist and ceramist. He creates signature pottery collections in his studio in Little Island, Cork. Every item - each platter, bowl, mug or ramekin - is individually hand thrown and hand painted, and signed by Charlie. GROUND Wellbeing was nominated for the Gift and Wellness categories. GROUND Wellbeing crafts natural plant-based ingredients to create products that and intuitive self-care rituals. All of the products are handmade in small batches in Cork, using vegan ingredients; organic where possible, and blended with sincere intention to soothe the soul....

  • Youre the Business

    05/08/2022

    You're the Business

    Google, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices are today announcing a new partnership, with a focus on supporting Irish businesses to upskill digitally and enhance their online capabilities. The new ‘You’re the Business’ programme aims to accelerate Irish SME growth through digitalisation in the form of a free of charge online training scheme, as well as an SME reward programme. This comes after recent research from Google found that significant gaps in the areas of digital skills and competence remain a concern for many SMEs....

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    01/06/2022

    National Award for South Cork Students at Enterprise Finals...

    Students from South Cork have taken first prize in My Entrepreneurial Journey and a Special Merit in the Junior Category at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Finals. The Finals of the Local Enterprise Office initiative were held physically for the first time in three years at the Helix in Dublin with An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and host RTE’s Rick O’Shea, with students and teachers in attendance from all over the country. Supported by Local Enterprise Office South Cork, Andrew Ryan from Colaiste Muire won first place in the junior My Entrepreneurial Journey competition with Grandma’s Larder. With Beefree winning a special merit in the Junior category. BeeFree developed a wide and sustainable range of beeswax wraps for food. The winning students were Andrew Ryan and Ellen McDonagh, also from Colaiste Muire in Crosshaven, who worked under the guidance of their teachers, Claire O’Brien, Anna O’Sullivan, and Pamela O’Connell....

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    27/05/2022

    GROUND Wellbeing to represent South Cork at National Enterprise Awards...

    A wellness business from Ovens will represent Local Enterprise Office South Cork at this year’s National Enterprise Award for 2022. Peigin Crowley of GROUND Wellbeing took the South Cork regions top prize and will now represent Local Enterprise Office South Cork at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin on the 2nd June. Handmade at the kitchen table in lockdown, GROUND Wellbeing was born in a quest to make sustainable selfcare accessible to all. These oils & balms are 100% natural, aromatherapy products blended to relief anxiety, insomnia and menopause. Stocked nationally in Brown Thomas and partnered with Ireland’s finest Spas including The Europe, The Shelbourne, KClub, Mount Juliet, Hayfield Manor, Fota Resort, GROUND Wellbeing offers the best in holistic treatments for sleep, grounding, gut health & pregnancy, now showcased internationally at The Rosewood Hong Kong & Madrid and The Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh. ...

  • LEW 2022

    25/03/2022

    A Successful Local Enterprise Week 2022...

    Local Enterprise Week 2022 took place last week from the 7th – 11th March with dozens of online and in-person events for business owners and would be entrepreneurs to choose from. Local Enterprise Week is a national event which runs across all 31 LEO’s and is aimed at anyone thinking of starting a business, new start-ups and growing SMEs. The week-long schedule of events included conferences, workshops, seminars, networking, and business advice clinics....

  • Local Enterprise Week - Intro

    22/02/2022

    Local Enterprise Week 2022

    We are delighted to invite you to our Local Enterprise Week 2022! Taking place from Monday 7th to Friday the 11th March, we have organised a diverse programme of FREE events to cater for your business needs. Whether you are an SME, entrepreneur or a start-up, we have an event to suit you! We invite you to use Local Enterprise Week as an opportunity 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 you and your business to thrive....

  • Red Business in Focus

    05/01/2022

    Red Business in Focus

    We have exciting news! The Cork Local Enterprise Offices have teamed up with Corks Red FM to bring you a brand new online series "Red Business in Focus" with Jonathan Healy. Throughout this series, you will get the opportunity to hear from some of our inspiring clients who are taking the business world by storm!...

  • LEW 2022

    09/12/2021

    #LookForLocal

    This Christmas when you buy from local businesses, it'll make a real difference. Not only will you get first class gifts, products and outstanding experiences, but you'll also be playing your part in supporting local jobs, communities and businesses....

  • 07/12/2021

    LEO South Cork Student Enterprise Programme 2021/2022

    The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, is Ireland's largest student enterprise competition. Each year, over 23,000 secondary school students from 480 schools take part in this progrmme by setting up their own student business....

  • 14/04/2021

    South Cork Students set for National Entrepreneurship Final...

    Young entrepreneurs from Coláiste Muire Crosshaven and Millstreet Community School will represent South Cork at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Final on Friday, 14th May. ...

  • 23/03/2021

    LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICES INVOLVED IN NEW AMAZON BOOTCAMP OPEN TO CLIENTS...

    Amazon, Enterprise Ireland, Enterprise Nation and the Local Enterprise Offices announce the first ever Amazon Bootcamp Ireland, an online event on Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 April providing free training and guidance to help businesses increase their online sales and reach new customers, as part of the Amazon Small Business Accelerator, a programme to support more than 200,000 entrepreneurs across the UK and Ireland....

  • 17/02/2021

    AN TÁNAISTE ANNOUNCES 200 EVENTS FOR LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK ...

    An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. has launched the full programme of events for Local Enterprise Week, which is taking place online from Monday, March 1st to Friday, March 5th. More than 200 virtual events are planned by the Local Enterprise Offices and these include training workshops, information webinars and masterclasses with entrepreneurs and experts, designed to help Ireland’s small businesses and those looking to start a new business in 2021....

  • 16/02/2021

    NATIONAL ENTERPRISE CROWN IN THE BAG FOR MIDLANDS CRAFT CANNING INNOVATORS...

    Minister Damien English announced the category winners from across the country Bevcraft, a Westmeath mobile canning company that has become the largest craft beer canning company in Europe has taken the top prize at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, which took place this evening. The awards, which are an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate small businesses, were held virtually in what is their 22nd year....

  • 04/02/2021

    NATIONAL ENTERPRISE AWARDS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR...

    One of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs has been named the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award as part of this year’s National Enterprise Awards. David Walsh, the former CEO and founder of global remote monitoring system Netwatch, has been selected to be the first recipient of the award by the Local Enterprise Offices as part of the National Enterprise Awards, which take place virtually on February 11th....

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