It was announced today that 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are teaming up to run hundreds of events across the country from 4th to 9th March. Over 300 events are planned to increase awareness of the range of supports and services available to microenterprises from the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in every county.
The events will cover a broad range of topics such as ethical entrepreneurship, spotting mega trends, getting ready for Brexit, how to tender for more work and close more sales. In addition to one-to-one business clinics, start your own business bootcamps, finance workshops, trading on-line seminars, data protection briefings and Brexit-themed workshops, the LEOs will also be marking International Women’s Day with a series of networking events for female entrepreneurs during the week.
Local finals for the National Enterprise Awards and Student Enterprise Programme will also be held in several parts of the country. The week officially kicks-off on Sunday, March 4th with the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin.
Over 1,400 young entrepreneurs entered the IBYE 2018 competition, which is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland.
Welcoming plans for Local Enterprise Week 2018, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said, "Creating more and better jobs in regional and rural Ireland is a priority for the Government, which, through the Local Enterprise Offices, provide a range of focused supports for small businesses and start-ups across every county. I am delighted to see that over 300 events are taking place during Local Enterprise Week 2018 to highlight the supports available for microenterprises."
She added, "The new start-ups of today are the employers of the future, and we need to ensure as many as possible succeed. That is why the LEOs in every county in Ireland are on hand to support people embarking on their business journey."