Local Enterprise Week Louth 2020 kicked off on Monday morning, as Louth County Cathaoirleach Liam Reilly and Chief Executive Joan Martin were on hand to launch the week long series of events, talks and awards which supports, promotes and rewards enterprise across county Louth.
Councillor Reilly and Chief Executive Martin were in attendance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk for Working Smarter to Future Proof Your Business, an intensive workshop for growing businesses. That was the first of 14 event in total being put on by Local Enterprise Office Louth between Monday and Friday this week.
Events are taking place in Dundalk, Drogheda, Dunleer, Omeath, Monasterboice, Ardee and Carrickmacross.
“This week is all about encouraging local people to start and grow their businesses. Our free events for business cover topics from starting up, retail and online strategy, employment incentives, student enterprise, leadership, driving change and so much more,” Louth County Council’s Head of Enterprise Thomas McEvoy said.
“We want to remind business owners that the Local Enterprise Office is on hand all year round to help, advise and support, no matter what stage your business is at.”
On Tuesday, young entrepreneurs will take centre stage as the Louth County Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards takes place The Fairways Hotel in Dundalk. There, students from schools across the county will battle in out for a place at the national finals in Dublin in May.
On Thursday, to coincide with International Women’s Day, The Mill Enterprise Hub will host an event with some special guest speakers, as McEvoy explains.
“Two highlights of the week include our celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday evening in conjunction with Network Louth. It takes place in The Mill Enterprise Hub Drogheda. Guest speakers Deborah Somorin and Siobhan Sweeney will talk about Stepping Up and Driving Change at this brilliant networking event for women.
“The Louth County Final of the National Enterprise Awards at The Monasterboice Inn will be the finale of the week. Hosted by LMFM’s Gerry Kelly, the event features a keynote address by Sonia Deasy of Pestle and Mortar, winner of the 2019 National Enterprise Award,” McEvoy explains.
“We will also announce the winners of the Enterprise Awards for Louth and the company that will represent Louth at the National Finals in May. All are welcome at this free lunchtime networking event but pre-booking is essential.”