April 15, 2024

Native Enterprise Week 2024 noticed a various vary of companies round Donegal making the most of the scope of occasions on provide, with hundreds in attendance at 19 separate occasions hosted by each the Native Enterprise Workplace and a spread of help companions throughout Donegal.

The week kicked off on Monday, with an exhilarating session hosted by enterprise broadcaster and journalist, Richard Curran, who was joined by a panel of native enterprise specialists, Eleanor Hanna, of Hanna Hats, Martin McGuinness of MMG Ocean, and Donagh Kelly of Circet, who shared their tales of beginning and rising companies from Donegal.

Richard Curran (R) , journalist and broadcaster, with panelists, Martin McGuinness, MD, MMG Ocean, Donagh Kelly, Deputy CEO Circet, and Eleanor Hanna, GM, Hanna Hats, on stage on the “Taking Your Enterprise To The Subsequent Degree” occasion and the Official Launch of Native Enterprise Week within the Radisson Resort, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Picture by Joe Dunne 03/03/2024

Tuesday of Native Enterprise Week centered on Donegal meals, with “The Meals Coast Donegal Producers Showcase” in The Silver Tassie Resort, hosted by Darragh McCullough of RTE’s ‘Ear to The Floor’. The occasion kicked off with keynote speaker Kwanghi Chan and a panel dialogue with Siobhán Ní Gháirbhith of St Tola Cheese, Willie Cremen of Filligans and Eugene Gallen of Bon Appetit, who shared their insights into the culinary and client developments that may assist Donegal meals companies innovate and develop. Niamh Ruane of Musgraves additionally offered on the client’s perspective, highlighting alternatives within the client meals market.

There was additionally a bunch of Donegal’s best meals and drinks’ producers showcasing their merchandise and networking all through the occasion. 

Niamh Ruane, Musgrave Group, Kwanghi Chan, Chef, Willie Cremen, Filligans, Siobhán Ni Gháirbhith, St Tola’s Cheese, and Eugene Gallen, Bon Urge for food, on stage on the Meals Coast Donegal Producer Showcase 2024 held within the Silver Tassie, Letterkenny. Picture by Joe Dunne 05/03/2024

Markus Caloja, Bakesimo by Maggie, attends the Meals Coast Donegal Producer Showcase 2024 held within the Silver Tassie, Letterkenny. Picture by Joe Dunne 05/03/2024

John Graham, Ballyholey Farm, attends the Meals Coast Donegal Producer Showcase 2024 held within the Silver Tassie, Letterkenny. Picture by Joe Dunne 05/03/2024

On Wednesday, the main target was on “Stepping As much as Export” whereas Thursday’s occasion centered on sustainability with a free on-line “Sustainability Kickstarter Workshop.”

Friday, 8th March marked the ultimate day of Native Enterprise Week, and the main target turned to sport, with “The Enterprise of Management – Classes from Sport” occasion within the Mount Errigal Resort. Family names from the fields of GAA and rugby, Jim McGuinness, Cora Staunton, and Bernard Jackman shared among the experiences and sacrifices that made them champions of their discipline and the parallels their management, sporting method and achievements have within the enterprise world. Native Enterprise Week culminated with a cross border occasion, hosted by the Donegal Ladies in Enterprise Community, to have a good time Worldwide Ladies’s Day.

Commenting on this yr’s Native Enterprise Week, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin Harley mentioned: ‘’Native Enterprise Week 2024 was an incredible success, and we’d wish to thank all of our companions who helped to ship a variety of participating and informative occasions. I’d additionally wish to thank all of those that attended the occasions through the week in such nice numbers. By your Native Enterprise Workplace, Donegal County Council is offering important companies and help to our native companies, so I might actively encourage any enterprise to get in contact with the Native Enterprise Workplace, Donegal to search out out extra concerning the numerous programmes and helps obtainable so to apply the learnings of Native Enterprise Week to what you are promoting.’’

(Entrance left) Conor Doherty, innovation Officer at ALPHA Innovation, Kevin Sexton, Alpha Innovation, Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise, Meabh Conaghan, Enterprise Eire, Regional Director, and Steven Perry, Enterprise Advisor Native Enterprise Workplace, with attendees on the ‘Prepared, Regular, Innovate’ occasion in Lough Eske Citadel Resort, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal throughout Native Enterprise Week 2024. Picture by Joe Dunne 07/03/2024

Philip O’Kennedy (R), Enterprise Advisor Native Enterprise Workplace, with the panelists, Damian Devaney, Senior Accomplice TBV World, Emma Boylan, Outdoors the Field, Edel McBride, Irish designer, and Scott McInnes, founding father of Inspiring Change, on the ‘Speaking with influence’ occasion within the Century Cinema in Letterkenny throughout Native Enterprise Week. Picture by Joe Dunne 05/03/24

Including to this, Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise Donegal mentioned: “Due to everybody for his or her assist in making this yr’s Native Enterprise Week a powerful success. Working in partnership with our stakeholders, we have been delighted to current such a jam-packed programme of occasions that drew such nice numbers in attendance. This yr’s theme was ‘Be Courageous’ and every day, our panel of audio system, along with native companies shared their tales to ship inspirational occasions for companies throughout Donegal. Within the lead as much as, and all through the week, the help and distinctive cooperation that we had from our companions made the planning and supply of Native Enterprise Week seamless and I want to thank all of them sincerely for his or her help in making it occur.”

(Again Left) Kwanghi Chan, Chef, Siobhán Ni Gháirbhith, St Tola’s Cheese, Willie Cremen, Filligans, Eugene Gallen, Bon Urge for food, (entrance left) Niamh Ruane, Musgrave Group, Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise, MC – Darragh McCullough, and Maura Toner, Meals Coast Donegal, attend the Meals Coast Donegal Producer Showcase 2024 held within the Silver Tassie, Letterkenny. Picture by Joe Dunne 05/03/2024

Among the many helps obtainable via Native Enterprise Workplace Donegal are Begin Your Personal Enterprise Programmes, Inexperienced for Micro, and Buying and selling On-line Vouchers to assist Donegal companies attain a wider viewers by embracing e-commerce and commerce to the world on-line. A know-how accelerator Scala, which is focused at begin up entrepreneurs with the potential for quick progress, can even get underway subsequent month. The cut-off date for purposes is Thursday, 4th April 2024 at 5:00pm. Discover out extra right here: www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal

For those who attended any Native Enterprise Week occasions, Native Enterprise Workplace Donegal would recognize your suggestions. Take the short survey right here: https://tinyurl.com/282yvrnh 

Native Enterprise Week inpires Donegal companies to be courageous was final modified: March thirteenth, 2024 by Workers Author

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