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October 12th is National Women's Enterprise Day

Local Enterprise Office Tipperary to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day on October 12th

This year’s event, which is based on the theme ‘New Markets’ will take place in the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina/Killaloe, Co Tipperary with keynote speaker Chanelle McCoy and special guest ambassadors in partnership with LEOs in Clare and Limerick.

Fifteen LEO-led events take place across the country on Thursday, 12th October to encourage more women in Ireland to ‘open doors to new markets’ for their businesses.

NWED brochure front page An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED), which is being organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

 All 31 LEOs, including Local Enterprise Office Tipperary, are behind the initiative and together, they jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016. LEOs are enlisting the help of established female entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors and share their success stories.

 Local Enterprise Office Tipperary is teaming up with LEOs in Clare and Limerick to organise an event for aspiring female entrepreneurs and female-led businesses across the region at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina, Co Tipperary on October 12th. Special guests include Catherine Duffy, Northern Trust Limerick, Celia Holman Lee, The Holman Lee Model Agency, Rita Guinan, LEO Tipperary, Dr Orlaith Borthwick, Mid West Action Plan for Jobs, and Aileen McGrath, marketing consultant. The programme also includes a networking session and panel discussion.

‘Open doors to new markets’ is the theme for National Women’s Enterprise Day in 2017 as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports that 27% of early stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland expect to get more than a quarter of their revenues from overseas work. The LEOs have a range of supports that can help businesses to realise those expectations and local events will feature female ambassadors who have already successfully availed of some of those supports.

 Rita Guinan with Local Enterprise Office Tipperary said: “2017 will be the biggest National Women’s Enterprise Day yet with fifteen events taking place all over the country to help open more doors to new markets for Ireland’s female entrepreneurs. Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, the LEOs support thousands of female entrepreneurs every year and we want to celebrate their inspiring success stories across the country on October 12th.”

She continued: “Our event for local entrepreneurs here in Tipperary promises to be an uplifting day, with lots of advice, insights and information for female entrepreneurs and those planning to start a business. Places are limited though, so we’re advising everyone to book early.”

Announcing the full programme of events across the country for October 12th, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “I am delighted to launch the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day in October. ‘Open doors to new markets’ is a very fitting theme for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor research shows that women in Ireland are ambitious to grow their businesses internationally and my Department, through the relevant agencies, are providing the necessary supports to help businesses explore and maximise the market opportunities available further afield. I would encourage even more women to use their LEO to avail of the many supports and help them maximise the potential of their business in new markets.”

Sarita Johnston of Enterprise Ireland said: “Working with ambitious female led start-ups remains a key focus for Enterprise Ireland and we are very keen to work with women starting innovative businesses that are focused on building scale and expanding reach in new markets. In partnership with the LEOs and Local Authorities, Enterprise Ireland will continue to support and increase the number of female entrepreneurs with the global ambition to scale and succeed.”

Tickets for National Women’s Enterprise Day events can be booked from the Local Enterprise Offices through and further details are available from @NWED on Twitter and @NWEDIreland on Facebook.


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National Women’s Enterprise Day 2017 Events, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (





A dinner event organised by   LEOs in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel.

Fashion tech entrepreneur Sonya   Lennon Dr. Xuemei Germaine of MicroGen Biotech; Karen Keane of Bean &   Goose; Maura Bell of the Irish National Heritage Park and Caroline Wafer of   EASE.


A LEO Cavan evening event over   dinner at Hotel Kilmore.

Frances McArdle of Height for   Hire and Brenda Donohue, RTE TV & Radio Presenter.        


A half-day event with lunch organised by LEOs in Cork North and West,   Cork City, South Cork and Kerry at the Inchydoney Lodge and Spa Hotel in   Clonakilty.

Deirdre Fee of Medical Mobility; Fiona Gratzier of Unislim; Lorraine   Higgins of Retail Excellence; Alina Ui Chaollai of Tayto Ireland and   best-selling author, Attracta Burke.


A LEO Donegal event in   association with the Donegal Women in Business Network at Dillons Hotel, Main   Street in Letterkenny.

‘Managing your Time and Money’   guest speakers.


A day-long event organised by LEOs in Dún   Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Dublin City and South Dublin at the Leopardstown   Pavilion. Special Guest: An Tánaiste and Minister For Business,   Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.

Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical;   Jeanne Mahony of Hope Beer; Sarah Kiely of Sadie’s Kitchen; Julie McLoughlin   of Jano Design; Róisín Hogan of HIRO by Róisín; Samantha Kelly of The   Tweeting Goddess; Rebeka Kahn of Rebeka Kahn Artwear; Celine Mullins of Adaptas Training; Ann   Lanigan of Enterprise Ireland; Sue O’Neill of the Small Firms Association.


A LEO Kildare full-day inspiring event   with networking lunch and mentoring at Kildare Village in Kildare Town.

Mary-Ann O’ Brien of Lily O’ Brien’s   Chocolates, Karolynn MacHale of the Aria Boutique Naas and Lee-Ann   McCarthy of Kildare Village.


A half-day event over lunch   organised by LEOs in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath at the Heritage   Hotel, Killenard.

Heidi Higgins - Fashion   Designer; Ramona Nicholas of the Cara Group; Bernice Moran of The Be Sweet Company; Margaret   Jeffares of Good Food Ireland and Carole Coleman of RTE.


A LEO   Leitrim morning event at The Landmark Hotel in Carrick On Shannon.

Moira Geary   of The Recombobulator.


An afternoon event organised by   LEOs in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon at The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong.

Caitlin O’Connor of   Accelerating Performance and various speakers from the region, with Loretta   Ni Ghabháin of Lorg Media as MC.


A half day event with lunch   organised by LEOs in Meath and Louth at the City North Hotel and Conference   Centre in Gormanston, Co. Meath.

Caroline Keeling of Keelings;   Niamh Sherwin Barry of Irish Fairy Door Company; Róisín Hogan of HIRO by   Róisín; Margaret Robb of Sweet Little Babies; and Margie Burns of Aviation   Selection Consultants.


A LEO Monaghan evening event   with dinner at the Hillgrove Hotel on the Old Armagh Road.

Sammy Leslie of Castle Leslie   Estate, Victoria Mary Clarke and Lisa Marie Clinton of Avail Support.


A LEO Sligo event at the   Radisson Hotel in Ballincar.

Oonagh Monaghan of Alpha Omega   Consultants, Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point Hotel and Ruth Daly of Sort-It   Professional Training and Networking.


A day-long event organised   by LEOs in Tipperary, Clare and Limerick at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina.

Lady Chanelle McCoy of Chanelle Medical; Celia   Holman Lee of the Holman Lee Model Agency; Catherine Duffy of Northern Trust;   Rita Guinan of LEO Tipperary; Orlaith Borthwick of the Action Plan for Jobs   Mid-West; Margaret O’Connor of Quigleys Bakery; Tara-Lee Byrne of Wicked   Wholefoods; Alison Banton of Brooke and Shoals; Stephanie Shine of Samco;   Marion Murphy Cooney of Marion Murphy Cooney Designs; Aileen McGrath of One   Little Studio; Ciana Campbell (MC) and Theresa Mulvihill (networking).



A LEO Waterford evening event   with dinner in Faithlegg House Hotel.

Irene Queally of Pip and Pear;   Terry Prone of the Communications Clinic; Linda Coyle, Grainne Walsh of   Metalman Brewing; Sandra Whelan of Immersive VR Education; Deirdre Meaney of   Wild Oats Soap; Yvonne Crotty of Willow and Wild; Beth-Ann Smith of The   Lismore Food Company and Karen Tompkins.


A LEO   Wicklow event with Afternoon Tea at Kilruddery House and Gardens in Bray.

Fionnuala   Ardee of Kilruddery Estate Enterprises Ltd.