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Biggest ever National Women's Enterprise Day to take place next month

National Women's Enterprise Day 2018

Local Enterprise Offices, including LEOs in Cork and Kerry are encouraging more women to go from ‘local to global’ with their businesses by helping to organize events around the country, with over 1,000 female entrepreneurs expected.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D., has launched the national programme of events for National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2018 taking place on Thursday 18th October with 16 major entrepreneurial events planned across the country, including an event for the Cork/Kerry region

This initiative is led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, and funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and local authorities.  The South West event will also receive funding  through the Enterprise Europe Network. The Local Enterprise Offices have organised a programme of events under the theme “from local to global” aimed at inspiring the next generation of female business leaders to take their local ideas and make them a global success.

In 2017, the Local Enterprise Offices played a key role in supporting female entrepreneurs across the country to start, and grow, their business.  Over 18,500 female entrepreneurs took part in training, mentoring and networking programmes with their Local Enterprise Office in 2017.  The Local Enterprise Offices also supported over 280 female-run businesses with funding last year to help them start and grow their business. 

On October 18th, the event for the Cork/Kerry region is taking place in the Meetings & Events Centre, Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork and special guests include:

  • Joan Walsh, Partnership International – Ambassador for the South West NWED
  • Eleanor McEvoy of Budget Energy and RTE’s Dragons’ Den
  • Rachel Sarah Murphy of Irish Film Academy and Free the Way Cleaning
  • Sharon McDermott, Ky Ky Kids
  • Ingrid De Doncker, iDDea
  • Estelle Power, Irish Door Systems Ltd.
  • Michelle Keane, Mibeau Interiors
  • Margaret Kelly, Cork Chamber

Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork City, Adrienne Rodgers said: “ ‘From local to global’ as a theme for National Women’s Enterprise Day 2018 is very apt, especially with all the uncertainty around Brexit.  We want to encourage more female entrepreneurs to diversify and to let them know that their Local Enterprise Office can give them the support they need to explore new markets.  Last year alone, the Local Enterprise Offices provided training, mentoring and networking to over 18,500 female entrepreneurs along with providing grant assistance to over 280 female-run businesses and these figures continue to grow.”  

To book tickets for the Cork/Kerry  event, which cost €30 please visit

or telephone:

LEO Cork City – 021 4961828

LEO Cork North & West – 022 43235 (Mallow office), 023 8834700 (Clonakilty office)

LEO South Cork – 021 4285200

LEO Kerry – 066 7183522



A full day event organised by LEOs in Cork City, Cork North and West, South Cork and Kerry at the Meetings & Events Centre, Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli in Cork City.

Featuring: Joan Walsh of Partnership International, Eleanor McEvoy of Budget Energy and Dragons’ Den, Rachel Sarah Murphy of Irish Film Academy and Free The Way Cleaning, Sharon McDermott of Ky Ky Kids, Ingrid DeDoncker of iDDea, Estelle Power of Irish Door Systems Ltd., Michelle Keane of Mibeau Interiors and Margaret Kelly of Cork Chamber.

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