Tánaiste announces Local Enterprise Week events for Roscommon businesses

‘Making It Happen’ is the theme of Local Enterprise Week, organised by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon from March 1st to 5th. An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, has launched the full programme of events for Local Enterprise Week, which is taking place online from Monday, March 1st to Friday, March 5th.

More than 200 virtual events are planned by the Local Enterprise Offices around the country, including Local Enterprise Office Roscommon, and these include training workshops, information webinars and masterclasses with entrepreneurs and experts, designed to help Ireland’s small businesses and those looking to start a new business in 2021.

Organised by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon and supported by Enterprise Ireland and Roscommon County Council, this year’s theme is ‘Making It Happen’. Common topics across the week include starting a new business, resilience and recovery, the green economy, becoming ‘leaner’, exploring new markets, doing business online and the new trading relationship with the UK. For the first time, Local Enterprise Week also includes ten ‘Spotlight’ events and these are open to every business across the country.

Highlights organised by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon include Introduction to Revenue Online (ROS), Risk Management, Resilience and Business Continuity Seminar, Retail Mentor Advice Clinic, Obligations when Selling Online, An Introduction to Innovation and Creative Thinking, Networking and Communication Skills Training, and a Website and Online Marketing Clinic.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD is officially opening Local Enterprise Week at the first Spotlight event, the Green for Micro launch on March 1st. He said: “Local Enterprise Week will be entirely online this year, with over 200 events taking place. We’ve all had to do things a little differently because of the pandemic and I’ve no doubt that those participating will find this year’s week just as useful and interesting.

“I know many businesses have really relied on their Local Enterprise Office for advice, training and financial help during these difficult few months. Local Enterprise Offices are the point of contact for many of the Government’s grants and training schemes, such as the new Green for Micro initiative, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme and the Lean programme. Local Enterprise Week is the perfect opportunity to have a look at what help is available and find what works best for your business”.

Louise Ward, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Roscommon said: “Small businesses throughout County Roscommon are being severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, and many haven’t been able to trade fully since last year. That’s why initiatives like Local Enterprise Week are more important than ever as they showcase all the supports that are available to small businesses and start-ups now. As well as the ten ‘Spotlight’ events, we are offering a full programme of events over the five days of Local Enterprise Week. Our advice to all local businesses and to those with a business idea, is to have a look at the events taking place by visiting LocalEnterprise.ie/Roscommon and to book early”.

Details for events taking place for Local Enterprise Week, from March 1st to 5th, are available at LocalEnterprise.ie/Roscommon. Local Enterprise Week is an annual initiative from the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Government of Ireland.