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Enterprise Week To Stimulate Local Job Creation

Enterprise WeekPictured at County Hall, Swords at the launch of Local Enterprise Week 2017 scheduled for 5th to 11th March. are Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal and Deputy County Mayor, Cllr. Eithne Loftus

Fingal Local Enterprise Office has announced details of “Local Enterprise Week 2017” scheduled for 5th to 11th March.

Local Enterprise Offices around the country will run hundreds of events during the week 5th to 11th of March, with the ultimate aim being to create jobs among small businesses and also to encourage those with a business idea to pursue their dream.

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal welcomed the new initiative, saying: “There are plenty of business opportunities out there, but you have to go out and find them. We want to help small businesses to identify opportunities for growth. Equally importantly, anyone with a viable plan for a new business needs to be encouraged to pursue their dream. The Local Enterprise Week initiative is a brilliant platform for us to stimulate job creation locally and throughout the country,” he said.

A wide variety of initiatives are planned in the region with Dublin Airport Authority kicking off Enterprise Week on Monday, 6th March. John Bolger, Head of Concessions in DAA will explain how to go about “Doing Business at Dublin Airport”. Then on Tuesday, 7th March, a major breakfast conference will be held in the Carlton Airport Hotel on the topical issue of Brexit and how it will impact on Dublin based businesses.

Local entrepreneur, Tom Keogh of Keogh’s Crisps is the keynote speaker at The Linc Centre on Wednesday, 8th March where the theme is “Raising Finance for your Business.” Wednesday is also International Women’s Day, and so a Dublin regional business networking event has been planned for the evening featuring the “Fingal Enterprising Women” network. Also that morning, Fingal Dublin Chamber will host a “Business Breakfast with Aer Lingus”.

The highlight of the week will be “FEARLESS 2017 – The Entrepreneur’s Journey” which will be held in The Riasc Centre in Swords, this event promises to be an exciting learning and networking experience for businesses from all across the county. Six newly established and successful entrepreneurs will relay how they have overcome challenges in their business, and all six will be competing for the coveted prize, the “Fingal Enterprise Award winner 2017” which will be announced on the evening.

On Friday, 12th March, Balbriggan Chamber will host a breakfast with Nicola Byrne of 11890 and Cloud 90, addressing the topical issue of Cyber Security and how you can keep your Business Cyber Safe. A seminar will also feature on Friday with the topic “Public Procurement for Small Business”. Saturday, 11th March sees the conclusion of Local Enterprise Week with a full day Start Your Own Business boot camp to help anyone seeking to set up a new business.

Most events are completely free of charge, though a nominal fee applies to some.