Local Enterprise Week will take place across the country from Sunday 4th to Friday 9th March, with hundreds of events planned for start-ups and small businesses.

Padraic McElwee is Head of Enterprise at LEO Clare, the Local Enterprise Office for the county and an integral part of Clare County Council.

According to Padraic, LEO Clare has played a key role as the economy recovers, in facilitating thousands of new jobs throughout the county by providing a ‘first stop shop’ for enterprise supports and advice for start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses.

Mr McElwee said the programme of events for Clare Enterprise Week is designed to provide support and advice to those considering starting a new business. During the week, business owners will also access information about supports and services that are available for their businesses.

“Local Enterprise Week Clare is organised for Clare businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the region. Make time for you and your business – be part of Clare Enterprise Week,” said Padraic McElwee.

LEO Clare’s efforts have been applauded by Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen, who has direct responsibility for LEOs, he believes the increased investment in the local enterprise offices has paid off handsomely for County Clare.

Minister Breen is a strong advocate of the work being done. He commented, “Small, homegrown businesses, like those supported by LEO, provide sustainable employment in our towns and villages so we must continue to encourage and assist these entrepreneurs and business people.”

Local Enterprise Week is an ideal opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to inform themselves of the supports available through LEO Clare.

Padraic McElwee said, “We are encouraging small businesses requiring access to finance, core business training or advice and guidance on overcoming business challenges, to get in touch with us.”

Mayor of Clare, Cllr Tom McNamara, explained that supporting start-up businesses is key to achieving a thriving local economy.

He added, “Local Enterprise Office Clare is playing a leading role in this regard by providing a wide range of supports on an ongoing basis.

“Clare Local Enterprise Week presents the local business community with an ideal opportunity to find out about these supports, learn from each others’ experiences and showcase their operations, ideas or plans.

“I encourage people to take some time out from running their business and use the opportunity to hear from leading experts, other enterprise owners and develop new contacts along the way.”


Clare Local Enterprise Week 2018 will begin at Treacys Oakwood Hotel in Shannon on Monday 5th March with a free breakfast briefing on Cyber Security. Information will be provided in a 10-step overview to protect businesses from online security threats.

This is a non-technical exercise focusing on threats as W-Fi eavesdropping, social engineering and CEO fraud where cybercriminals imitate company email accounts in an attempt to scam employees into providing confidential information or executing money transfers.

According to Deloitte, businesses that implement Internet Security Awareness & Safety Training experience a reduction in the chance of a staff member clicking on a malicious e-mail from 30% to 5-10%.

On Tuesday 6th March, Bunratty Castle Hotel will host a Regional Women in Business Networking event from 2.00-5.00pm  entitled ‘Fostering a Culture of Growth in a Small Business’.

Guest speakers will include Colette Twomey, managing director of the well-known food brand Clonakilty Blackpudding Company, Veronica Murphy a business coach with the Discovery Partnership and Harriet Cotter, a senior regional development executive with Enterprise Ireland’s Midwest office in Shannon.

On Wednesday 6th, there will be a Retail Therapy event in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, entitled ‘Developing a Growth Strategy for your Retail Business’.

This breakfast briefing is aimed at owner/managers of retail and consumer businesses and will offer practical tips to keep ahead of the competition.

Leading retail mentor James Burke will provide key insights on what makes consumer-facing business successful. He will look at the importance of visual merchandising, staff management, effective marketing planning and time management amongst other topics.

On Thursday 8th March journalist Peter O’Connell will hold a Media Skills Training Workshop in the Clare Education Centre on the Kilrush Road, Ennis from 2-5pm.

Peter will cover such topics as how to write a press release, how to prepare for radio, mock interviews, social media, capitalising on free publicity opportunities and budget planning for public relations. there will be a fee of €10.

Clare Local Enterprise Week

Clare Local Enterprise Week