Westmeath businesses go online for the local business’s first virtual week

Ciarán Gorman and Darren Fenton of Bevcraft, winners of the National Enterprise Award this year, with Pat Gallagher, chief executive of Westmeath County Council (left) and Christine Charlton, director of Enterprise, Westmeath.

County Westmeath businesses are invited to participate in a program of virtual events for Local Business Week 2021. This year’s event is taking place entirely online and over 200 virtual events are planned this week, up to ‘to Friday March 5.

Events include training workshops, informational webinars, and masterclasses with entrepreneurs and experts designed to help small businesses across the country and those looking to start a new business in 2021.

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath runs a busy program of events for businesses – from those in the early stages to those preparing for expansion.

Virtual events are all free, but online registration is required to localenterprise.ie/Westmeath.

Westmeath’s curriculum includes masterclasses on goal setting and how to stand out on screen. Businesses can also benefit from mentoring in areas such as finance, hospitality, social media, and marketing your business in the event of a pandemic.

Christine Charlton, Business Manager at LEO Westmeath, said: “Local Business Week is a chance for small businesses and for potential future start-ups to see the range of supports available to them. . Whatever their business challenge or industry, LEOs will host events for everyone, be it LEAN workshops, e-commerce, finance, sales and marketing, social media mastery. or starting a business, that will be covered, or if you are planning to grow, we have a business counseling clinic that will show you what supports you can get.

Featured Events

In addition to the local Westmeath events, there are a number of Spotlight events that are open to business across the country.

Benefits of green for your business – Launch of Green for Micro, Monday March 1, organized by the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City.

Go back and go forward: Building Leadership and Resilience, Monday March 1, by Local Enterprise Office Donegal.

Building The New, with start-ups and innovators, Tuesday March 2, by Local Enterprise Office Galway.

Lean growth: Small or Big Step, Getting Started with Lean, Tuesday March 2, by Local Enterprise Office Kildare.

AgriTech revolution in agriculture and food, Wednesday March 3, by Local Enterprise Office South Cork.

Creative connections: Activation of your B-2-B online opportunities, Wednesday March 3, by Local Enterprise Office Carlow.

Commit to Growth with David Meade, Thursday March 4 at 10 a.m., by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

SMARTech for startups, Thursday March 4, 4 p.m., by Local Enterprise Office Clare.

Master class: Checking the health of your business for its future, Thursday March 4, by Local Enterprise Office Wexford.

Online Trading Voucher Information Webinar, Friday March 5, by Local Enterprise Office Fingal.

All events are free, but as places are limited, it is advisable to book early at localenterprise.ie/westmeath.


Tánaiste and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar says we’ve all had to do things a little differently because of the pandemic, but those who attend Local Business Week will find the week this year just as useful as in previous years.

“Many companies have really relied on their LEOs for advice, training and financial assistance during these difficult few months. LEOs are the point of contact for many government grants and training programs, such as the new Green for Micro initiative, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, and the Lean program.

“Local Business Week is the perfect opportunity to look at the help available and find what works best for your business,” he added.

• For more information, see localenterprise.ie/westmeath.

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