BY DECLAN VARLEY
Local Enterprise Office (LEO ) Galway has announced a series of exciting initiatives aimed at stimulating business activity throughout Galway city and county. The ultimate aim being to create jobs among small businesses and also to encourage those with a business idea to pursue their dream.
Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway 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 important, anyone with a viable plan for a new business needs to be encouraged to pursue their dream. Local Enterprise Week allows us to connect with new audiences and potential clients and let them know what supports are there for them,” she added.
“Local Enterprise Week initiative is an opportunity to showcase supports that are available through the Local Enterprise network to help local businesses stimulate job creation locally and throughout the country”. Galway events form part of the National Local Enterprise week initiative in Local Enterprise offices countrywide. The Galway events focus on some new initiatives to support local business in Retail, Fashion, Food and IT and over 30 events will be held in the County and City throughout the week,” she concluded.
The LEO will hold a briefing on a new initiative on the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN ) (on Wednesday 9th from 10am-12pm ) which is being rolled out through the LEO in Galway to help support small businesses. The EEN helps Irish businesses innovate and grow internationally. With over 600 member organisations, throughout the world, the EEN is the largest support network for SMEs and combine international business expertise with local business to develop new markets, access funding for new products or research and potentially forge new international relationships.
Other initiatives include a Twitter masterclass with Phillip Gleeson of #Galwayhour; an introduction to digital media workshop in the Hub in Headford; My Start-Up story event with successful young entrepreneurs from Galway, Mayo & Roscommon; a Goal setting for Business Q & A session with Pat Divilly.
Galway Fashion Week coincides with the Local Enterprise Week and a range of events will take place around the city including the Fashion Innovation Awards at 7pm on Thursday 10th in the Radisson and a fashion workshop in the council chamber on Friday 11. Business advisory 1:1 meetings are also taking place in various locations around the county throughout local enterprise week.
Meetings can be scheduled in Loughrea on Monday Mar 7; Ballinasloe on Tuesday Mar 8; Galway city on Wednesday 9; Headford on Thursday Mar 10 & Clifden on Friday Mar 11. These appointments are by appointment only and can be arranged by calling 091509090. Many of the events are completely free of charge, but booking is essential. To find out more, visit www.localenterprise.ie/galway, email Ricky [email protected] or call (091 )509090.