Business gurus gather at Westpark to discuss doing business in the Mid-West as part of Mid-West Regional Business Week 2009.
Following on from the official opening, Vincent Browne of TV3’s nightly current affairs programme and columnist with both the Irish Times and the Sunday Business Post will chair a discussion panel on the topic “Doing business in the Mid-West” – the issues facing this region and how these may be addressed.
This discussion panel will include Minister Billy Kelleher T.D, Brian O’Connell MD of Westpark Shannon Ltd and member of the Government-appointed Mid West Task Force., Dr Maria Hinfelaar President of Limerick Institute of Technology, Brendan Kenny CEO of the Limerick Regeneration Project and Rory O’Connor former CEO of Hewlett Packard. With his many years in the media and his confrontational questioning style, Browne will ensure to deliver a very focused and thorough discussion with the panel.
Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland the Enterprise Expo has attracted over 40 stands from professional bodies who will offer advice and guidance to business owners and those thinking of starting a business.
Commenting on the Enterprise Expo Mary Wixted, Senior Regional Development Executive with Enterprise Ireland stated “the presence of over 40 support agencies for business development in one location and the wide range of local successful entrepreneurs presenting their businesses all in different sectors highlights the vibrant supportive environment in the Region and reinforces the fact that “doing business in the Mid West” is still a very viable option”.
“The region possesses huge strengths. We have a rich diversity in industry with scope for further development. In terms of the cost of doing business, this part of the country is more competitive than elsewhere. The infrastructure is improving all the time and there are excellent opportunities in education, training and research. We must believe in the talents of people in this region and harness their potential.”Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President, Limerick Institute of Technology
Companies taking part in the Enterprise Expo include Greenbusiness.ie who offer Irish businesses free impartial advice on improving resource efficiency, utilising a three-pronged approach which focuses on: reducing waste, conserving energy and saving water.
Many of the enterprises taking part in the Enterprise Expo have received funding from Enterprise Ireland or the Enterprise Boards and are an example of the local successful entrepreneurship stories in the Mid-West Region.
A number of short seminars from six of the Mid-West’s most inspiring small business owners and industry representatives will take place from 4-7pm with a line up including: ResourceKraft of Co. Limerick, The Burren Smokehouse of Co. Clare, Digino Marketing of Co. Tipperary, Sort My Books and Donseed Ltd of Co. Kerry and Recognition Express of Limerick City.
- ResourceKraft, which was established in 2007 on a foundation of experience in the electronics, computing and energy industries and is a leading supplier of highly sophisticated energy cost control systems. By assisting their customers to measure, monitor and manage their energy costs, they can see 20% savings in just 12 months.
- The Burren Smokehouse, a family-run business established in 1989, is dedicated to providing Finest Quality Food Products, such as their Burren Smoked Mackerel, Salmon, Trout and more. They established their Visitors’ Centre in 1995, which now a hugely popular County Clare tourist attraction, welcomes more than 30,000 visitors every year.
- Established in 2001, Digino Marketing is one of Ireland’s leading full-service digital marketing agencies. Their suite of services includes digital strategy, online advertising, website design, email marketing and more. Their client service teams have an innate sense as to what works best for their clients, no matter how diverse.
- Donseed Ltd is a leading provider of workplace management solutions to the construction sector and other mobile and short term workplaces through mobile-enable hardware, web-hosted technology and a management process that enables improved business performance.
Mid-West Regional Business Week is the combined initiative the region’s County and City Enterprise Boards in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and runs from October 5th to October 9th 2009. The week long programme of events covers all categories, from those who wish to explore the possibilities of launching their own businesses, to the long-established businesses who wish to expand their management development capabilities. The Mid-West Networking Event with Sean Gallagher from Dragon’s Den will take place in the Radisson Hotel, Limerick on Wednesday 7th October at 5.30pm.
Bank of Ireland is the key sponsor of this year’s event, which in the current climate is a welcome indication of their commitment to the local small and medium enterprise sector.
For further details on The Official Opening of the 1st Mid-West Regional Business Week contact Limerick County Enterprise Board on 061 496520 or log onto www.lcoeb.ie