International Women’s Day celebrated by local business women


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As part of International Women’s Day, a number of key Waterford business agencies came together to host a morning event ‘Transformation & Innovation’ at the Medieval Museum, which attracted a capacity crowd eager to hear inspirational stories and make new connections.


Waterford Local Enterprise Office joined forces with Waterford Chamber, Waterford Micro Business Network, Waterford Social Enterprise Network, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Network Ireland, Waterford and West Waterford Women in Business for this free event as part of the first nationally co-ordinated ‘Local Enterprise Week’.


Opening the event, MC Nora Widger said it was fantastic to see a full room of business women coming together to celebrate their hard work and dedication.


Keynote speaker at the networking event was Regina Mangan, Managing Director of Liberty Blue Estate Agents, who told of her personal journey from starting out with a business idea and £7 in her pocket, to twenty years later and having just been awarded Best Small Business at the Waterford Business Awards.


Throughout the morning of networking sessions and tasty bites, there were short pop-up presentations from local business women Joyce O’Carroll, Wigworld; Jacinta Burke, Cill Barra Community Sports Centre; Sarah Richards, Seagull Bakery and Carmel Kikkers, Focus Visual Communications, who all gave an account of their road to success and the trials and tribulations along the way.


Closing the event, Head of Enterprise with Waterford City & County Council Richie Walsh said he was inspired by what he heard during the event and wished all the business women the very best of the luck for the future.


Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography.


Food Safety Workshops

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The workshops are FREE but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The workshops will take place in 11 locations across the island of Ireland.


To register please click on your preferred location.

  • Kilkenny | Tuesday 4 April, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Newpark Hotel
  • Wexford Town | Wednesday 5 April, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Ferrycarrig Hotel
  • Ennis | Wednesday 26 April, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Treacys West County Hotel
  • Tralee | Thursday 27 April, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Manor West Hotel
  • Donegal | Tuesday 9 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Harvey's Point Hotel
  • Westport | Wednesday 10 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Wyatt Hotel
  • Athenry | Thursday 11 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Raheen Woods Hotel
  • Skibbereen | Tuesday 30 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | West Cork Hotel
  • Cork City | Wednesday 31 May, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | safefood, Little Island
  • Navan | Tuesday 12 September, 5.00pm to 8.30pm | Newgrange Hotel
  • Cookstown | Wednesday 13 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm | Innovation Centre, CAFRE


These training workshops are part of the safefood Knowledge Network programme of activities to enable professionals within the agri-food sector to meet new and emerging food safety challenges.

Enterprise Ireland Launches International Trade Mission Programme for 2017


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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes 2017 event schedule linking Irish companies with international buyers


46 international ministerial led trade events planned with focus on market diversification into Eurozone and North America


145 events scheduled in Ireland and overseas


Enterprise Ireland, the State agency responsible for helping companies to scale and export internationally today published its international events programme for 2017 to support Irish exporters which lists 145 events scheduled in Ireland and overseas to include 46 international trade visits.


In conjunction with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Enterprise Ireland programme of events serves to develop in-market expertise and networks, influence decision makers, re-enforce Ireland’s strong reputation and stimulate demand for Irish products and services.


The full programme includes ministerial-led trade missions, inward buyer visits, market study visits, international trade fairs, Embassy events and knowledge seminars and gives Irish companies the opportunity to network with potential buyers in markets in Europe, North America, Africa, India, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.


Highlights of the 2017 Enterprise Ireland trade event schedule include:


  • 20 trade events to North America to include a multi-sector trade mission to the USA and Canada and digital technologies trade visit to the USA
  • 22 trade events to Northern Europe to include the ‘Nor Shipping’ trade event to Norway; ‘Medica’ lifesciences trade event in Germany and the Paris Air Show aviation trade event
  • 14 trade events to the UK to include ‘Digital Construction’ and ‘UK Financial Services’ trade events
  • 20 trade events to the Asia Pacific region to include a financial services & fintech trade mission


Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “In line with the ‘Ireland Connected’ whole of government trade strategy launched recently, a key element of Enterprise Ireland’s 2017-2020 strategy is to help Irish exporters build scale and expand reach globally. As the UK takes a step closer to triggering article 50 in the coming weeks, it is imperative that Irish companies build new and stronger trade links in international markets. The 2017 trade mission schedule targets key sectors in high potential growth markets and aims to open doors for Irish companies to create opportunities to start negotiations and win significant business contracts in overseas markets.”


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “The Action Plan for Jobs 2017 gives a clear mandate to Enterprise Ireland to drive the global ambition of Irish companies, particularly in the context of Brexit, and to set their sights further afield and power the economy through strong positions in diverse export markets. As part of the Trade Mission and Events programme 2017, I look forward to working with Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs to promote Ireland’s capabilities and competitive advantage as an innovation hub with a particular focus on a number of sectors to include lifesciences, fintech and construction”


Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD said: "I am acutely conscious of the importance of minister-led trade missions in terms of securing high level access for Irish companies seeking to grow their businesses overseas and increase jobs at home. Our 80-strong network of embassies and consulates fulfil a vital role in cooperation with Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in supporting such missions. The complex challenges presented by Brexit had given renewed impetus to Ireland's trade diversification drive and these trade missions are an important element of our response to Brexit." 


The Enterprise Ireland International Trade Missions and Events Programme 2017 is available here.

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017


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