Three of the county's best young entrepreneurs have won a total investment of €50,000 through the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, as part of the €2 million Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition (#IBYE). Aimed at young and aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30, Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices.
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle, has said that new figures show there has been an encouraging increase in the number of jobs in Enterprise Ireland (EI) supported companies over the last two years. The number of jobs in EI companies in Wicklow was up to 3,339 last year, an increase of almost 200 since 2010. Furthermore, the number of jobs in EI companies in the county is now above 2009 levels.
A group of business people from North Wexford/ South Wicklow have organised a Business Expo with a difference to take place on the 24th of February 2011 in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. The Business Expo will consist of a Trade Show for BNI Falcon members followed by a 'Dragon's Den' style competition for new and aspiring businesses.The prize will be €10,000 worth of services and products from the members of the group.
Spontaneous Marketing continues to support the Southeast Business Network, a new networking event for businesses in Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary. Spontaneous Marketing is a sales, marketing and promotions company set up to provide marketing support, event management and consultative services to all types of businesses. The business is run by brothers Ruairi and Kieran Gough who between them have over 20 years industry experience in the USA, UK and Ireland.
"N.E.W. (Wicklow)" - the Network of Entrepreneurial Women (Wicklow) is a business support network for female entrepreneurs in County Wicklow. The Network is funded by the Wicklow County Enterprise Board. Members can utilize the network to promote their business, create alliances with other members, learn new skills, and increase their business contacts.