350 events nationwide for Local Enterprise Week

Local Enterprise Week kicks off today with events being held around the country until March 8.

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices will see over 350 events take place across the country, which are open to everyone at any stage of business.

There are events for every element of business from improving online marketing and finding new markets to becoming more sustainable and identifying the trends that will affect businesses in the coming years and beyond.

Some of the events include a Pitch Battle for funding, networking with cocktails, a Pier-to-Pier networking walk and a host of AI events to benefit businesses.

Along with the events across the country there are two national spotlight events that will be streamed live during the week and are open to everyone.

The first of these “Understanding and leveraging future trends for your business” looks at the key global trends in the short term and in the next decade to help businesses plan and maximize opportunities around these trends.

This will take place on Wednesday March 6 from 2pm to 4pm.

The second National Spotlight event “The sustainability imperative for your business success” will look at how small business changes can make a big impact to both the environment and to the future success of small businesses.

This will take place on Thursday March 7 from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

John Magee, Chair of the Local Enterprise Office network, said that Local Enterprise Week is a fantastic week for anyone with a business or perhaps thinking of starting a business in the future.

“It gives them the opportunity to build their network, find out about what supports are available to them and
most of all learn from the expertise that will be on show across the country,” Mr Magee said.

“Whether they want to cut costs, create a more sustainable business or understand trends and how AI can positively impact their business then there is something for everyone,” he added.

Eleanor Forrest from Enterprise Ireland, said this week is an opportunity for small businesses to focus on key areas, the areas where they can make a real difference to their future ambitions.

“This may be in relation to digitalisation or becoming more sustainable, or those who have ambitions to grow internationally and start to find new markets,” Ms Forrest said.

“If you are a business who wants to grow, internationalize or innovate, then there is something for you at
Local Enterprise Week and we would encourage every small business out there to see what is happening in their area this year and take that next step,” he added.