Local enterprise week a big success in Longford

Local enterprise week a big success in Longford

The event helped to raise awareness of the supports available for small businesses, according to Local Enterprise Office in Longford, which was behind the initiative.

The aim of the week was to boost awareness of the types of supports and services available to micro and small enterprises from the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in every local authority area. 

Michael Nevin, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Longford, said the success of week here in Longford was thanks to the supports provided by Intertrade Ireland, Irish Patents Office, Longford Women In Business Network and public representatives. 

“The programme of events has been very well supported, the turn-out was even better than expected and as a result, the response from the small business community has been very positive,” he added. 

“Whether it is advice on funding options, help with developing a business plan, training around sales or financial assistance to help build an ecommerce platform, the main message from ‘Local Enterprise Week’ was that the Local Enterprise Office is the first-stop-shop in every local authority area.”   

Highlights from the Local Enterprise Week 2017 included the  County Final of the Longford County Enterprise Awards 2017.  

These awards held annually are now in their twentieth year and are the only competition for the micro enterprise sector.  

This year’s finalists were Gerard Haughey, Yourbabythankyoucards.ie and Cedar Tree Digital Media; St Mel’s Brewing Company, Liam Hanlon and Eoin Tynan; Midland Language Centre and Purpledecks Ltd, Brian Egan. 

And, after what has been a very busy start to the month of March, Local Enterprise Office Longford is already preparing for its next event - the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards which takes place in Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday, March 22 next.

 Students from across the county will be provided with an opportunity to showcase their mini companies as part of the competition.