Local Enterprise Week to offer events for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses in Wicklow

Pictured from left to right are: Sheelagh Daly, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D, Richard Murphy of Enterprise Ireland and Anna-Marie Delaney, Chair of the CCMA Committee on Economic Development and Enterprise. Photo credit: Stedman Photography.

Running from March 4th to 9th, LEO Wicklow will be celebrating Local Enterprise Week with a range of events for start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Highlight of Local Enterprise Week in County Wicklow will be a flagship seminar on Wednesday 7th March, called Drive Your Growth through Mega Trend and Market Analysis. Renowned international speaker Iain Jawad of Frost & Sullivan Europe will present key areas of interest for SMEs that can inform transformational growth strategies by focusing on innovation opportunities driven by disruptive technologies, mega trends, emerging markets and new business models. This is a free event but places are limited.

On Tuesday, March 6th the LEO are running the first of a 2 day Training Course “Marketing for SMEs”, which will cover the essentials of marketing a business using a tightly controlled budget.

Participants will be shown how to develop their overall marketing strategy, including branding, market research, building an online presence, and other practical techniques that help to grow and strengthen businesses in challenging times.

The course is led by renowned trainer Terry Harmer and will cost  €100 for two full days with the second day of the course taking place on March 13th.

On Thursday 9th March, reputed trainer Noel Davison will share his expertise during a free seminar on trading online and the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. The seminar is aimed to help participants to understand and determine the best approach to establish and increase their online presence and how companies can avail of funding from the LEO of up to €2,500 to establish an e-commerce enabled website.

Speaking about Local Enterprise Week, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council Frank Curran said “Local Enterprise Week is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to engage in a variety of events customized to the needs of small business in the County.”

Details for all events can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/wicklow and the Local Enterprise Office are strongly advising businesses to book well in advance.

To register for any of the events during Local Enterprise Week please book online at localenterprise.ie/Wicklow or phone 0404 30800.

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