'Biggest-ever' National Women’s Enterprise Day as Carlow hosts 'Stand Out' event

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To mark National Women’s Enterprise Day, Local Enterprise Office Carlow is organizing a major event in Lisnavanagh House in October. 

The focus will be on getting your business to "Stand out from the Crowd" through a morning of inspiration and learning with guest speakers.

They include: Former World Champion, Olympian and Entrepreneur Derval O'Rourke and Carlow NWED Ambassador, Kate Gaynor of Advanced Coating Ltd all set in the beautiful venue of Lisnavagh House.

Figures released by Local Enterprise Offices to coincide with the launch reveal that 21,859 female participants took part in training programmes with their LEO in 2018, an increase of 18% on 2017 figures. 

There was also a big increase in the number of female entrepreneurs benefiting from business mentoring through their Local Enterprise Office last year - from 3,832 in 2017 up to 4,565 in 2018 (up by 19%).

On October 17, NWED Ambassadors will be sharing their success stories at events in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford, and Wicklow.

Pauline Hoctor, Senior Enterprise Development Officer with Local Enterprise Office Carlow said: "The theme for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day on October 17 is ‘Making It Happen’ and we want to highlight all the supports that can ‘make it happen’ for women in County Carlow that want to start or grow their business over the next year."

She added: "It’s great to see that nearly 40% of new business owners in Ireland are women, showing that the gender gap is narrowing according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report.

"Through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, we saw a higher take-up of supports by female entrepreneurs last year – from those that were looking to start a new business venture by themselves to those that wanted to grow an existing family business."

Speaking about the importance of leadership, chief executive of Carlow County Council, Kathleen Holohan, said: "In County Carlow we have a number of nationally recognized examples of female led enterprises which provide thousands of jobs in the County Carlow economy and we are delighted to be able to once again spearhead this event which celebrates and provides an opportunity to build our economy by bringing together the depth and breath of collective experience of County Carlow female entrepreneurs.

"I believe it’s important we focus as part of this national programme on female entrepreneurs who stand out from the crowd in our County who create strong role models for the next generation."

For more information on National Women’s Enterprise Day and to find out how to book tickets at events nationwide, go to or search #NWED on social media.

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