Businesswomen in Galway are being invited to take part in National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) which has been launched this week.
The Local Enterprise Offices initiative, now in its 16th year, will take place on October 13 and aims to encourage female entrepreneurship.
The theme of this year’s event is Our Future, Our Way which will be reflected in the 16 physical events taking place across the country, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities.
The regional event, run by Local Enterprise Office Galway, Mayo and Roscommmon, will take place on October 13 at Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.
The MC for the event is local businesswoman Loretta Ní Ghabháin of Lorg Media, and the keynote speaker is Susan Culleton Hayes, ‘The Positive Economist’.
The event will also include a panel discussion featuring ‘Leading Lights’ from each of the three counties – Sarah Flood, Managing Director of Snap Mayo, Ruth Larkin of Lark Bridal Limited in Roscommon and Chloe Gardiner, of Galway based company ‘The Wonky Woolins.’
Early-stage women entrepreneurs in Ireland are mainly focused on the customer services sector with 64% of those surveyed working in that area.
The report showed a significant growth in export customers for these businesses, with 26% of customers of these early-stage startups based abroad, up from 15% in 2019 highlighting how they have diversified their markets during Covid.
There will be events nationwide featuring a mix of well-known Irish entrepreneurs and businesspeople such as Suzanne Jackson, founder of the SoSu Cosmetics brand, successful jockey Nina Carberry, International referee Michelle O’Neill, award winning jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman, Interior design specialist and Home of the Year judge Suzie McAdam and broadcaster and entrepreneur Aine Kerr.
Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise at LEO Galway said National Women’s Enterprise Day has become a flagship event for women entrepreneurs and businesswomen every year.
“While the past two years saw successful online celebrations, it really is special to be back with sixteen in person events across the country, and some amazing speakers and inspirational businesswomen,” she said.
“If you have that itch to start a business, or maybe you are already running a business, then this is the event for you. It can help you grow your network, find out what supports are available and learn from those who have gone before.
“No matter where you are in the country there is an event on your doorstep so get registered and be a part of Ireland’s biggest celebration of women in business!”
Carol Gibbons, Divisional Manager, Regions and Local Enterprise with Enterprise Ireland said; “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support National Women’s Enterprise Day, particularly as we are seeing in person events return this year.
“As evidence by the recent GEM report confidence about entrepreneurship among women is growing with nearly half of all women surveyed saying they had the skills and knowledge to start a business.
“Events like National Women’s Enterprise Day are important in supporting this positive improvement, providing women entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business with insights from leading businesswomen and introducing them to a network of entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail in the Irish market and overseas.”
For more information on the events in each area and how to register go to www.LocalEnterprise.ie/NWED.