Businesses encouraged to take advantage of Local Enterprise Week

Local Enterprise Week 2022

Local Enterprise Office South Dublin has announced an exciting line-up of events for ‘Local Enterprise Week’, which runs from Monday 7 March to Friday 11 March.  Local Enterprise Week 2022 was launched in Think Big Space by the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Peter Kavanagh.

The theme of this year’s Local Enterprise Week is ‘Making It Happen” and is focused on helping businesses to look forward and future proof themselves for the years ahead. The full listings for the week have been announced with eighteen events taking place online and in-person across South Dublin County. All events are free to attend. Highlights of LEO South Dublin’s Local Enterprise Week include a spotlight event title ‘Internationalising Your Business: Developing Export Opportunities in a Digital Age’, which offers insights into how entrepreneurs might map, research and plan engagement with export markets and scaling business growth. For anyone thinking about starting their own business, there are opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs who have done just that who will share their experience.

“From the moment I got in contact with LEO South Dublin and began my journey, they have supported me by encouraging me to believe in myself and develop a plan for my business. The financial grants I received, especially the salary support through the priming grant, gave me the time I needed to work full time to establish a strong base for my business. The LEO structure working at the grassroots is very important to building sustainable indigenous businesses.” said Emma Hedderman, Stride Boot Wear

Building on the growth in the uptake on Trading Online Vouchers and development in e-commerce capability over the past two years, Local Enterprise Week’s programme includes several events to further develop e-commerce capability including:

  • Social Media Mash-Up: Optimise your Social Media activity prepare for future trends for your business.
  • A Website Owner’s Guide to E-commerce Security and GDPR
  • Boost your Business online: Enabling your B2B Online opportunities

There are a number of events to support the futureproofing of business including Going Green, Small Steps Big Impact; a Lean for Micro Information workshop and great networking opportunities with a Super Business-to-Business (B2B) event and a chance to join the Network of Enterprising Women in South Dublin (NEWS) and South Dublin Creative Enterprise Network.

Speaking at the launch of Local Enterprise Week 2022, Cllr Peter Kavanagh, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “Local Enterprise Week is the perfect opportunity for many businesses to dip into a specific area of interest and gather information on a topic that may be relevant to their business now or in the future.  It also provides the perfect opportunity for someone who may be interested in starting a business to get an idea of some of the key areas of focus and how to take those first steps.”

Tom Rooney Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office South Dublin, said, “Earlier this year we announced the growth in new jobs that were created by the clients our Local Enterprise Office in South Dublin and indeed by all of the 31 LEO around the country. Businesses have remained strong and have adapted, upskilled and have been highly innovative during this highly challenging period. As we look forward to a post-pandemic business environment and a return to greater certainty and stability our local businesses can plan for brighter days ahead and be certain that their Local Enterprise Office will be there to support the futureproofing of their business and guide them as they seek out and seize new opportunities in their marketplaces.”

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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