It was announced yesterday that Clare Local Enterprise Week 2016 will take place from March 7th to 11th at various locations around the county.
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 and is the first to be hosted by Local Enterprise Office Clare.
It will kick off on Monday 7th March with a Primary Course in Food Safety at Scariff Co-Op (09.30am-1pm), Start Your Own Business Programme at Westpark Shannon (9.30am-4.30pm) and a Patents Workshop at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis (midday-4pm).
On 8th March there will be a Business Breakfast at the Oakwood Arms in Shannon (7am-9am) followed by the Student Enterprise Awards County Final at Treacy's West County Hotel (9am-2pm) and a Local Enterprise Office Clare information event in Kilrush (7pm-9pm).
The 9th of March will see a Facebook Adverts Workshop in Miltown Malbay (09:30am-4.30pm), Business Clinic for Owner/Manager of Food Businesses at The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon (5pm-8pm) and a Start Your Own Business Programme at The Junction Building in Ennis (6-9pm).
On 10th march, a Discover Lough Derg Enterprise Bus will travel around the Lough Derg Area (9.30am-5.30pm), Áras Contae an Chláir hosts an event entitled 'Why set up a technology business?' (10am-1pm) and 'Funding Options to Grow Your Business' is the theme of an event at Treacy's West County Hotel (5pm-7.30pm).
Finally, the National Enterprise Awards County Final will be held in The Rowan Tree, Ennis from midday to 3.00pm on 11th March where Clare’s representative for the National event will be selected. Last year, Clare’s representative Aine Knitwear, Clonlara won the National Best Design award.
Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr. James Breen 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."