Busy programme for Local Enterprise Week

Busy programme for Local Enterprise Week


A workshop by Musgrave Group and An Bord Bia on how to get a food product to market, the Clare Student Enterprise Awards, an Energy Cost Saving Seminar and a talk by the Editor of The Sunday Business Post on the exporting opportunities and challenges facing Irish Enterprises are among the highlights of Clare Local Enterprise Week 2017.

Hosted by Local Enterprise Office Clare at various locations around the county from March 5th to 10th, the weeklong series of business training workshops and networking events is aimed at informing, advising and motivating businesses and potential entrepreneurs in relation to the range of supports and opportunities in Clare.

Clare Local Enterprise Week 2017 commences on Sunday 5th March when Damien Mason of Scariff-based FlexiBod represents Local Enterprise Office Clare in the National Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin. The competition has progressed through county and regional stages where 24 young entrepreneurs have now emerged as national IBYE finalists and will compete for the prestigious title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.



Cllr. Bill Chambers, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, said: “Clare Local Enterprise Week is “a useful vehicle for encouraging start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies to share and learn from each others’ experiences as well as learn about the supports available to anyone seeking to set up a new or invest in an existing business. I would encourage new and existing business owners in Clare to get involved.”

According to Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council: “Following the success of the first Local Enterprise Week in 2016, Clare County Council, through Local Enterprise Office Clare, is delighted to host a dedicated week of events, seminars, training courses and networking opportunities throughout the county aimed at supporting enterprises in Clare. The comprehensive programme of events that has been organised is aimed at informing, educating and stimulating opportunities for growing a business and encouraging new start-ups.”

Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise of Local Enterprise Office Clare commented, “The programme of events presents an ideal opportunity for any business seeking assistance – financial, information, training or otherwise – to find out more about the range of supports available from Local Enterprise Office Clare.”

“We would invite people to take some time out from running their business and use the opportunity to hear from leading experts, other enterprise owners and develop new contacts along the way. Local Enterprise Office Clare would like to acknowledge the support of its partner agencies, industry members, Chambers of Commerce and local businesses in helping us put this schedule of events together,” added Mr. McElwee.

Clare Local Enterprise Week (March 5th-10th, 2017) is funded by Local Enterprise Office Clare. Most events are free but a nominal fee applies to training workshops.

Pre-booking is essential as available places are limited. Further details from www.localenterprise/clare or 065 6821616.