The message of encouragement comes as the biggest-ever programme for small businesses was unveiled for October’s Fingal Enterprise Week, which aims to attract up to 2,000 small business owners and managers to fifteen different events across the region.
Running from Monday, October 1st to Friday, October 5th, the initiative is the brain-child of Fingal County Enterprise Board, and is being supported by Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland and Newstalk.
Among the expected highlights this year is the food showcase event for the Dublin Food Chain with Keelings at FoodCentral; a Business Start-Up Day Bootcamp with Evening Clinics, the ‘All Talk’ communications, PR and marketing advice seminar; masterclasses with Paypal and IBM, a ‘Pitching for Investment’ competition, ‘Working in the Digital Age’ conference and National 50+ Enterprise Day for Senior Entrepreneurs.
On the final day of Fingal Enterprise Week, Sarah Carey from Newstalk will be chairing a panel with 11890’s Nicola Byrne, Michael Dawson from the Gift Voucher Shop and Tom Keogh from Keogh’s Crisps, where the three Fingal entrepreneurs will be revealing how they overcame recent business challenges.
Free one-to-one mentoring and business advice clinics are running every day, in addition to events focussed on exporting, workshops to help businesses become more ‘age friendly,’ digital media talks, networking nights and taxation tips seminars. The winner of the annual Fingal Enterprise Awards will also be announced during that week.
Launching the details for Fingal Enterprise Week in Dublin today, Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board said: “The Enterprise Board is working in conjunction with other state support agencies, to stimulate new enterprise in the Fingal region.”
Geoghegan added: “Whether you’re already in business or thinking of setting one up in Fingal, the schedule of events is designed to help as many small business owners and new start-ups as possible. We’ll be showcasing opportunities across food, export and on-line retailing in particular, in addition to giving practical advice to start-up entrepreneurs of all ages.”
The vast majority of events during Fingal Enterprise Week are free of charge and advance bookings can be made through www.fingalenterpriseweek.ie
Also at today’s launch at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club in Swords were the Chairman of Fingal County Enterprise Board, Joe Harford, the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O’ Callaghan, the Fingal County Manager, David O’ Connor, Paddy Lonergan from Bank of Ireland, Colm MacFhionnlaoich from Enterprise Ireland and Nicola Byrne from 11890. Up and coming entrepreneurs from the region also took part in today’s launch, including Tom Keogh from Keogh’s Crisps, John Aherne from Golfgraffix, Darragh Richardson from Agile Networks and Adrian McGreevy from Amphibia.