Biggest-ever National Women’s Enterprise Day taking place on October 18

Posted on: 8th October, 2018

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

The Local Enterprise Offices are encouraging more women to go from ‘local to global’ with their businesses by helping to organise events around the country, with over 1,000 female entrepreneurs expected

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, has launched the national programme of events for National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2018 taking place on Thursday, October 18 with 16 major entrepreneurial events planned across the country, including an event in Cork City with the Local Enterprise Offices Cork and Kerry.

This initiative is led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, and funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities and the Enterprise Europe Network, The Local Enterprise Offices have organised a programme of events under the theme ‘From Local To Global’ aimed at inspiring the next generation of female business leaders to take their local ideas and make them a global success.

On October 18, the event for Cork and Kerry female entrepreneurs is taking place at the Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork City. The event will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm and costs just €30 per person, including a delicious lunch.

The keynote speaker will be Eleanor McEvoy, CEO of Budget Energy Ltd and also known from RTE’s ‘Dragons’ Den’. There will also be a panel discussion between the MC and Cork and Kerry women in business. Rachel Sarah Murphy, Founder & CEO of The Irish Film Academy and Free The Way Cleaning, and also known to many as the character ‘Jo’ in the RTE soap opera ‘Fair City’, will also speak during the day and share her business tips.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities to meet other women in business attending, from Cork and Kerry.

Encouraging local entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to attend, Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West said: “‘From Local To Global’ as a theme for National Women’s Enterprise Day 2018 is very apt, especially with all the uncertainty around Brexit. We want to encourage more female entrepreneurs to diversify and to let them know that their Local Enterprise Office can give them the support they need to explore new markets.  Last year alone, the Local Enterprise Offices provided training, mentoring and networking to over 18,500 female entrepreneurs along with providing grant assistance to over 280 female-run businesses and these figures continue to grow.”

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Pictured above:

From Local to Global. South West Region Ambassador Joan Walsh of Partnership International picture at the launch of the South West Region, National Women’s Enterprise Day launch with Ita Madden of Local Enterprise Office Cork with colleagues from around the region. (l-r) South West Region Ambassador Joan Walsh of Partnership International with  Ann Doherty Chief Executive Cork City Council with  LEO Kerry Fiona Leahy, Business Advisor and Training Co-Ordinator; LEO Cork North and West ; Joan Kelleher (Mallow office), Business Advisor and Training Co-Ordinator; LEO Cork City; Ita Madden, Senior Enterprise Development Officer; LEO Cork North and West; Christine Heffernan (Clonakilty office), Business Advisor and Training Co-Ordinator; LEO South Cork; Liz Murphy, Administrative Office.


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