An Taoiseach launches Mayo Ideas Week 2012

Pictured at the launch of Mayo Ideas Week at Mount Falcon Hotel, Ballina on Monday were from left: John Magee (Mayo County Enterprise Board), Gerry O’Neill (South West Mayo Development Company), Anne Finn (Mayo North East LEADER Partnership), Joan Fahey (Mayo Ideas Lab), An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD who performed the launch, Joanne Grehan (Westport Development Commission), Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager), Barry Egan (Enterprise Ireland) and Seán O’Coisdealbha (Údarás na Gaeltachta). Photo: Angela Campbell.

Pictured at the launch of Mayo Ideas Week at Mount Falcon Hotel, Ballina on Monday were from left: John Magee (Mayo County Enterprise Board), Gerry O’Neill (South West Mayo Development Company), Anne Finn (Mayo North East LEADER Partnership), Joan Fahey (Mayo Ideas Lab), An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD who performed the launch, Joanne Grehan (Westport Development Commission), Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager), Barry Egan (Enterprise Ireland) and Seán O’Coisdealbha (Údarás na Gaeltachta). Photo: Angela Campbell.

Mayo Ideas Week 2012 was officially launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at Mount Falcon Hotel, Ballina, on Monday September 3. Mayo Ideas Week is a series of idea generation, entrepreneurship, and business events hosted by the development and enterprise support agencies in Mayo. Admission is free to the 13 events which will be held all over the county from Monday September 17 to Friday September 21.

Mayo Ideas Week events consist of seminars and workshops to suit those already in business as well as those thinking of taking the plunge. The full programme will be printed in next week’s paper. Last year Mayo Ideas Week attracted more than 500 participants and the organisers confidently expect that attendance to increase in 2012.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny fully endorsed and supported Mayo Ideas Week, saying: “Mayo Ideas Week is a forum for the future and a model which can be emulated all over the country. It is a tremendous initiative both for those in business and people planning to go into business.”

Speaking at the launch, Peter Hynes, county manager, said: “This initiative shows the strong ethic of collaboration among the development and enterprise support agencies in Co Mayo. Our shared objective is to ensure that the best support is available to help grow successful business and sustainable employment in the county.”

Mayo County Development Board is also very supportive and John Coll (director of service, community and enterprise ) stated: “Mayo County Development Board is delighted to be involved with the third annual Mayo Ideas Week. The programme is growing every year, and this year is no different with a clear focus on enterprise sectors with strong growth potential, eg, food, information technology, medical devices, tourism, etc.”

Running concurrently with Mayo Ideas Week is the inaugural Erris Enterprise Week organised by the Corrib Gas Partners which is taking place in Belmullet.

Further information and the full programme of Mayo Ideas Week events is available from Mayo Ideas Lab (097 27945 ) or on www.mayocdb.ie Mayo Ideas Week is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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