Fingal Local Enterprise Week kicked off with a business breakfast event called “Show me the Money – Raising finance for SMEs” in the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, at which all of the state bodies and other funding bodies participated in a panel discussion with Ian Guider of the Sunday Business Post. A panel of five entrepreneurs also featured, joining funders like Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office, Microfinance Ireland, Linked Finance, Business Angel Networks, the SBCI, etc.
On Monday evening, the LEO joined forces with Balbriggan Chamber of commerce for a seminar entitled “Driving Sales on Social Media”, led by renowned expert Noel Davidson. SMEs learned how they can use social media to gain new customers and help them promote their brand and products.
On Tuesday morning, the Howth-Sutton-Baldoyle Chamber hosted a talk from consumer expert Dermot Goode, who explained how businesses can cut their health insurance costs saving thousands of euros in doing so. It was then over to the Linc in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown for a “Business Pitching competition”.
Following this on Tuesday evening in Castleknock hotel, BWG Group presented to more than 120 local food producers from the Dublin Food Chain. Details were announced about an innovative new competition being run by BWG as a collaborative initiative with the Local Enterprise Office. In this competition, 10 short-listed businesses will get an opportunity to pitch to become a supplier to BWG, owners of over 1,000 retail outlets in Ireland including Spar, MACE, Londis and BWG Foodservice, among others.