From Towels with a twist to Plastic Lumber to App Development, a diverse range of South East SMEs prepare for inaugural exhibition at the National Ploughing Championships Variety will be the spice of life at the National Ploughing Championships this year as over sixty small businesses exhibit, for the first time, at the South East Enterprise Village, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards.
A new management development programme, aimed at helping indigenous small businesses accelerate their growth prospects, has been launched by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., in Dublin. As part of an initiative from the County and City Enterprise Boards, the new 'Accelerate Management Development Programme' is geared towards owners and managers of Irish micro-enterprises, which have been up and running for at least eighteen months.
"Dublin is open for new business" is the clear message coming from enterprise support agencies, business leaders and entrepreneurs in the capital. The message of encouragement comes as the biggest-ever programme for small businesses was unveiled for October's Fingal Enterprise Week, which aims to attract up to 2,000 small business owners and managers to fifteen different events across the region.
Sixty-five budding entrepreneurs, all over the age of 50, have travelled to Portlaoise from twenty different counties with the intention of turning their new enterprise ideas into viable start-ups. As part of the 'Senior Entrepreneurs' initiative, which encourages more Irish people aged 50 and over to start their own businesses, a tailored 'Start Your Own Business' programme took place over two days on May 8th and 9th in the County Laois town.