New Beginning for N.E.W

New Beginning for N.E.W.

The Network of Entrepreneurial Women, Wicklow (N.E.W.) has come to and end.  From 2023 onwards, this network of female entrepreneurs of County Wicklow will amalgamate with the Wicklow Branch of Network Ireland in an announcement made by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wicklow.

The launch of the new arrangement took place at the Hotspot in Greystones, a venue run by female entrepreneur Ailbhe Skay.  Representatives of LEO Wicklow, Vibeke Delahunt (Head of Enterprise) and Louise Fleming (Senior Enterprise Development Officer) were present, as was incoming President of Network Ireland’s Wicklow Branch, Joanne Costello, owner of X Media.  Members of both networks attended to hear the details of the Launch.

From January 2023 women whose business is based in Co. Wicklow, and who would normally approach the LEO enquiring about a female business networking group should now contact Network Ireland’s Wicklow Branch by emailing where Dawn Leane, Membership Officer can help.  Membership costs €195 per year, per person, and membership covers 12 months from the date you join.  Network Ireland offers more than 24 events per annum, with the chance to meet 80 businesswomen in Co. Wicklow, and over 1,000 members country-wide, in the 14 Branches in Ireland.  Network Ireland Membership is made up of a diverse group of women, from budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.

Speaking about the new collaboration, Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise at LEO Wicklow said “We are delighted to be beginning a new chapter for women in business networking in Co. Wicklow.  Network Ireland offers a much enhanced programme of events for our female entrepreneurs, and a chance to mix and do business with a more diverse group of all type and size of business in Co. Wicklow and beyond.  Through our investment in this partnership the Wicklow Branch of Network Ireland itself will be facilitated to grow and offer even more to its members.”

Joanne Costello, incoming Wicklow Branch President of Network Ireland emphasised that self-employed women in the County, and those employed in senior roles in business based in Co. Wicklow can come along to any coffee morning, free of charge, to see if the Network is for them. “Those interested should email before coming along to a free coffee morning, evening event or our big free event on Thursday 26th January 2023 (venue to be announced), which will be a night of practical networking skills, facilitated by Dawn Leane, founder of Leane Empower.”

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