Smurfit expert to address EDI Centre event

A leading business expert from the Smurfit Business School in Dublin, will address a seminar on ‘Business Planning for Social Enterprises’ on Thursday May, 17 next at Longford’s EDI Centre.

A leading business expert from the Smurfit Business School in Dublin, will address a seminar on ‘Business Planning for Social Enterprises’ on Thursday May, 17 next at Longford’s EDI Centre.

Frank Roche, Professor of Entrepreneurship and previously an Advisor to the former rainbow and Fianna Fáil-led governments will discuss details related to establishing successful business models for budding business enthusiasts in Co Longford.

The meeting is the latest in an ongoing promotion of Social Enterprise Longford (SEL) and will deal with issues including keys to success, evaluation, and common pitfalls.

According to Pat Kelleher, one of the organisers, “The programme is now moving towards a more organised assessment of proposals from a business perspective”.

“To date over 60 people from the county have signed up for SEL, proposing a range of proposals and initiatives and projects already identified including Catering, Recycling, Caring, Clothing, Childcare and Conservation,” Mr Kelleher explained.

“The fact that over 60 different groups and individuals have contacted SEL to date suggests a huge - and to date - hidden potential to develop a range of sustainable initiatives.

“This programme will provide detailed mentoring for proposals that provide the greatest potential to supply locally required services.”

Further ideas from both urban and rural areas around the County are still welcome and may be raised at the meeting on May 17.

SEL has been commissioned by Longford Community Resources Limited (LCRL) through the Rural Development Programme which is part-financed by the European Union and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It is being run by the Irish Social Finance Centre, Longford EDI Centre and Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund, Ireland’s largest social finance provider.

For further information log onto www.SocialEnterprise.ie/Longford Alternatively, contact Pat Kelleher on (043) 3347515/(089) 4221906 or email sel@edilongford.ie.