13 Oct 2016 | 03.38 pm
National Women’s Enterprise Day Is October 19
Events around the country to encourage female-led startups
13 Oct 2016 | 03.38 pm
Local Enterprise Offices are out to encourage more female entrepreneurs and aspiring female entrepreneurs to access enterprise supports. They are marking National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) on October 19 next with seven events around the country, in order to highlight the success stories of Ireland’s female-run enterprises and to increase awareness of the types of enterprise supports available.
Events are taking place in Cavan, Dublin, Westmeath, Meath, Kilkenny, Kerry and Galway to celebrate the success stories of Irish female entrepreneurs and to encourage more women to access enterprise supports to start or expand a business.
Seven regional ambassadors are promoting the programme of events, including Rachel Doyle of the Arboretum in Carlow and Wicklow, Nicola Byrne of 11890 and Cloud 90 in Dublin, Valerie Kingston of Glenilen Farm in Cork, Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa in Galway, Hannah Wrixon of Last Minute Minders in Limerick, Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare in Westmeath and Margaret Reilly of CTR Manufacturing in Louth.
Sheelagh Daly of the Local Enterprise Offices said: “Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, Local Enterprise Offices supported 1,000 more female-run enterprises last year, compared with 2014. There is a wide range of enterprise supports on offer and so we’re encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to find out about those supports through the National Women’s Enterprise Day campaign.”
Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon (pictured) added: “One in five high potential startup companies supported by Enterprise Ireland is female-led — just five years ago, that figure was less than one in ten companies. We are very keen to work with women starting innovative businesses that are focused on exports, growth and job creation.”
Guest speakers will include regional development minister for Heather Humphreys, Sonya Lennon of Lennon Courtney, Mairead Lavery of Irish Country Living, Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association, Paula Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimons Consulting, Susan Spence of Softco, Joanne Hession of the Entrepreneurs Academy and Susan Hayes Culleton of the Positive Economist.
Miriam O’ Callaghan, Siobhan Donohoe of IrishTV, Julia Lynes of EasyCity, Fashion accessories designer Úna Burke, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications and Alison Banton of Brooke and Shoals will also be sharing their ‘road to success’ stories on the day.
Tickets can be booked from Local Enterprise Offices from €30 to €50, including either lunch or dinner.
|Margaret Reilly||CTR Manufacturing Ltd and Grand Designs Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd.||Manufacturing of bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and office furniture||Radisson Farnham Estate Cavan, Co. Cavan.|
|Nicola Byrne||Cloud90 and 11890||Communications, social media monitoring and online protection||Radisson BluHotel, Dublin Airport, Fingal, Co. Dublin|
|Regina Bushell||Grovelands Childcare||Irish, family-run childcare and early education provider||The Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.|
|Audrey Gaffney||Audrey Gaffney Associates||Architectural Interior Design Company specialising in the hospitality sector
|Knightsbrook Hotel, Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath|
|Hannah Wrixon||Last Minute Minders||Childcare solutions and introductory service for child minders and clients||Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny (joint event with the South East region)|
|Rachel Doyle||Arboretum: Home & Garden Heaven||Home, garden and lifestyle retailing||Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny (joint event with the Mid West region).|
|Valerie Kingston||Glenilen Farm||Food and drink manufacturing for retail and export||The Brehon Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney|
|Aisling Hanley||Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Artisan Bakery||Organic baby food processing and artisan bakery||The G Hotel, Wellpark, Galway City.|
Pic: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie