Series of innovative events planned for Waterford to celebrate Local Enterprise Week and International Women’s Day

Waterford Local Enterprise Office has announced a number of innovative business events planned to celebrate Local Enterprise Week in the City and the County this March 4th to 9th, 2018.

The week officially kicks-off on Sunday, March 4th with the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin. At which co-founder of the innovative waste collection company ‘Kollect’, Robbie Skuse will be representing Waterford. Over 1,400 young entrepreneurs entered the IBYE 2018 competition, and Robbie is just one of 24 to make it to the national final.

Getting the week off to start in Waterford on Monday morning (March 5th) is a free Trading Online Voucher Information event, which will be hosted at Waterford City Enterprise Centre. The Trading Online Voucher scheme is designed to help small companies to access the opportunities open to them through trading online. This event takes place from 9.30am to 7pm and those interested in taking part are asked to register in advance.

On Monday afternoon a free Exporting to the UK Intertrade Ireland Workshop is set to take place at The Marina Hotel from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Attendees will gain information on practical cross-border business funding, intelligence and contacts to the manufacturing and services sectors interested in trading from the experts at InterTrade Ireland. SME’s interested in taking part are asked to register in advance.

On Wednesday, March 7th a free workshop on Intellectual Property Awareness is set to take place at Carrickpheirish Library from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. This workshop is designed to offer the letter of the law information on Intellectual Property particularly in relation to setting up a new business or growing an existing business.

Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and a celebratory event is planned for Waterford. ‘It’s all about you!’ a workshop designed to assist business women in leveraging their uniqueness is set to take place from 8.30am to 2pm at Waterford’s City Hall.

The workshop will be led by Dee Hutchinson CEO of Catalyst International, a learning and development company based in the United Arab Emirates.  A native of Tramore, Dee has worked in over 15 countries holding senior level Customer Care and Learning and Development roles for companies like Vodafone, Digicel, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting and Virgin Mobile. She is also the bestselling author of ‘The Hard Facts About Soft Skills’.

Dee says “Too often women disguise facets of their personalities to ‘fit in’ when this is counterintuitive to progress and success.  Participants will take part in interactive games, discussions, and activities to identify their qualities, characteristics and behaviours that make them unique and how they can leverage these attributes to propel them forward in their careers.”

The event will also offer networking opportunities, a series of pop up talks from local businesswomen plus breakfast and a light lunch. Tickets to this event are priced at €15.

On Friday, March 9th the Waterford County Enterprise Awards Ceremony will also take place. At this event the winning local business that will go forward to represent Waterford at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin this May will be announced.

Throughout the week a number of ‘One to One Mentoring Clinic’ appointments are also on offer at Waterford Local Enterprise Office. The clinics will offer mentoring sessions in HR, Marketing and General Business and more.

Head of Enterprise at Waterford LEO Riche Walsh said, “The aim of Local Enterprise Week is to showcase all the supports that can be accessed in Waterford, we’re at the heart of delivering enterprise supports to existing small businesses and start-ups. From training programmes that help businesses unlock new markets to financial assistance that help businesses create more jobs, Local Enterprise Week is the ideal time to find out we can help your small business start-up and grow.”

 Places at all events (including free events) taking place in Waterford for Local Enterprise week must be booked here