Female entrepreneurs encouraged to maximise their full potential

Yvonne Brady, EVB Sports Shorts Ltd., Drogheda; Margaret Reilly, CTR Manufacturing Ltd., Drogheda; Bronagh Conlon, President, Network Ireland Louth Branch; Regina Behan, Vice President, Network Ireland Louth Branch and Anne Caldwell, Enterprise Ireland, Dundalk Office

Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for helping businesses to start up and scale, and Network Ireland, the leading networking organisation for women in business in Ireland, have joined forces to organise nationwide Roadshows targeting female entrepreneurs. The ‘Fuelling Ambition’ Roadshows will encourage female entrepreneurs, or those considering starting their own business, to be braver and more ambitious in their plans for growth and success. The objective is to encourage and support female entrepreneurs to maximise their full potential on the road to business success.

The ‘Fuelling Ambition’ Roadshow will visit Louth on Tuesday 3 May and will take place at Bellingham Castle Hotel, Castlebellingham from 6.15pm to 8.30pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Keynote Speaker Aisling Curtis, Director of SMSP Group for Microsoft Ireland, and two successful local female entrepreneurs. Yvonne Brady, EVB Sports Shorts and Margaret Reilly, CTR Manufacturing will share their insights on starting and scaling a company in the North East of Ireland. The event will be moderated by Lorraine Murphy, past President Network Louth.

Cormac McCann, Louth Local Enterprise Office, and Sarita Johnston, Female Entrepreneurship Manager with Enterprise Ireland, will be on hand to discuss the wide range of supports available to female entrepreneurs, and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The event will also provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and business people.

Paschal McGuire, Director – North East/North West Region, Enterprise Ireland, said: “A key focus for Enterprise Ireland is helping businesses to start, innovate and scale.

We want to create more jobs in every region in Ireland, and we want to encourage more female entrepreneurship. Research shows that lack of role models, lower levels of risk-taking and limited access to networks are among the main challenges facing female entrepreneurs. The ‘Fuelling Ambition’ Roadshows address some of those problems by creating focused networking opportunities in every region in Ireland which should give confidence and inspiration to existing and potential female entrepreneurs. These events will also drive home the message to women already leading businesses that Enterprise Ireland is here to help you grow and there should be no limit to your ambition. Working with Network Ireland we are determined to connect with as many existing and potential female entrepreneurs as possible to encourage them to maximise their full potential as they grow their businesses”.

Deirdre Waldron, President of Network Ireland commented: “The aim of this roadshow is to encourage Irish female entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs to be even more ambitious for their businesses and for themselves as business leaders. We want women to think bigger and braver and not be afraid of reaching their maximum potential on the road to business success.”

Sarita Johnston, Female Entrepreneurship Manager with Enterprise Ireland concluded: “The objective of the Roadshow is to engage with as many female entrepreneurs as possible. I have seen first-hand how hearing about other people’s success stories encourages more people to take ambitious leaps for their businesses. We have an exciting line up of female entrepreneurs who are willing to share their success stories, and we look forward to meeting as many budding and ambitious entrepreneurs as possible over the next few months.”

The ‘Fuelling Ambition’ Roadshows will also visit Galway on Wednesday 4 May; Athlone on Tuesday 17 May; Limerick on Wednesday 8 June, and Cork on Wednesday 6 July.

The Roadshows are free to existing and potential female entrepreneurs and business women. Full details and booking information are available on the Network Ireland website and the Enterprise Ireland website.

Register now at this link.


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