With an objective to showcase Meath to the world, a most eagerly awaited first ever Meath Enterprise Week, Conference and Exhibition will take place from 17th – 20th November. Focusing on three distinct themes of Digital, Food and Women in Business, the week long programme includes enterprise events, seminars, workshops and schools programmes taking place all across County Meath. The week culminates in a Meath Business Showcase and Conference in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Thursday 20th November from 12.30pm. Starting with an EXPO the conference will commence at 2.30pm and will be chaired by Meath based media personality and businesswomen, Orlaith Carmody. A panel of high profile business people will participate in a number of panel discussions during the afternoon; there will be video links and Skype Feeds from business people inputting to the conference from all over the world. The second element of the conference will start at 5.00pm. Chaired by Kevin Stewart, Director of Services at Meath County Council, the speakers will include Tara McCarthy, Director of Food & Beverage in Bord Bia; Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking at AIB and Orlaith Carmody Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie, a consultancy specialising in communications training and leadership development.
A steering committee of business people with specific expertise in the three theme areas was formed by Gary O’Meara, Manager, Meath Enterprise (Navan & Kells Enterprise Centres) some months ago to develop the week long programme of events.
Gary who also chairs the steering committee said “Our objective is to provide the vehicle to showcase Meath as a place to do business. With the recent inclusion of Kells in the Regional Aid Map and announcements by SmartStart that 50 new jobs will be created in the Kells Enterprise & Technology Centre over the next two years, the future for Meath is bright. This will be a key message that will be communicated throughout Meath Enterprise Week 2014”.
Meath County Council Chief Executive, Jackie Maguire said “The Council will shortly launch an Economic Development Strategy for the county aimed at creating and supporting jobs in the local economy. Meath is a county that has a lot to offer to the business community and the new strategy will leave us well placed to capitalise on every opportunity that comes our way. This showcase event will help to get the message out that Meath is a great place to do business”.
Meath County Council’s Director of Planning and Enterprise, Kevin Stewart, said, “Meath County Council is delighted to support this important event for Meath business. Enterprise week will showcase everything that Meath has to offer and will demonstrate that as a county we are ideally placed and ready to take advantage of the upturn that has already started”.
As well as the main Enterprise Week Conference on November 20th a large number of events will be held in Ashbourne, Kells, Navan and Trim in a number of venues including the Libraries in Kells, Navan and Trim; Tayto Park; Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre: JM Foods; NEC; AIB; Navan Enterprise Centre; Knightsbrook and Ardboyne Hotels. Enterprise week will also extend into the secondary schools in the area offering Digital Seminar Workshops. The type of events being held across County Meath includes Women in Business Seminars; Digital / Social Media; Funding for Business; Food Seminars and a YouTube & MineCraft Seminar;
Meath Enterprise Week initiative is being supported by AIB; Meath County Council; Meath Enterprise; The Meath Chronicle; and the Cusack Hotel Group.
The full programme of events and seminars throughout Meath from 17th – 20th November is available on www.meathenterprisecentre.com/enterprise-week
Picture L-R: From Back: Conor Lynch – CEO / Founder @ Connector, SocialMedia.ie, Boss Metrics; Margaret McKeon-Boyle – MD @ Extensive PR Ltd; Ciara O hAodha – Corperate Services, Meath County Council; John Cunningham – MD @ Epicom Ireland Ltd; Hugh Morris – MD @ Hugh Morris Remax /Alliance Auctioneers; Amanda Murphy – Regional Manager @ AIB; Paul Murtagh – Business Consultant & Mentor; Fran Mc Keown – Sales & Marketing Manager @ Freelance Sales; John V Farrelly – Chairman @ Meath Enterprise Centre Kells; Gary O’Meara – Manager @ Meath Enterprise Centre and Chair of the Steering Committee: Missing from picture is Cllr Joe Reilly – Chairman @ Meath Enterprise Centre Navan and Alan Breathnach – Manager @ Learning Network.