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Laois business women team up with national body

Honor Deevy, Laois LEO; Evelyn Reddin, Laois LEO; Maryrose Simpson, President of Network Ireland Laois Branch and Becci Harrison, President Network Ireland. Picture: Alf Harvey

A number of business women in Laois have been involved in Enterprising Women’s Network in recent years with the Laois Local Enterprise Office (LEO) – and now they are linking up with a national body.

Laois LEO have announced they have established a partnership with Network Ireland to “offer the business women of Laois access to a nationwide business  network where they can exchange ideas, increase business contacts and network with likeminded people”.

Speaking about the partnership, Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office said, “We know that networking is a crucial part of business growth and combined with our focus on building and supporting the female-led businesses in Laois it made sense to partner with an organization who’s whole focus is this”.

Rebecca Harrison, President of Network Ireland said, “We are absolutely delighted to partner with the Local Enterprise Office.    Our aims of promoting female entrepreneurship are completely aligned so it makes sense to pool our resources and offer the best to the business women of Laois.

“Network Ireland is in a growth phase and new members in Laois are going to have access to a world class schedule of events both locally and nationally as well as to opportunities for collaboration, support and new business growth.”

Acting President of the Network Ireland Laois branch is Maryrose Simpson of the successful business MyLadybug.ie. “Networking has been vital to my business and I have learned and achieved so much by collaborating with other business women. I am delighted to be bringing an even greater focus on networking to my colleagues in Laois.”

The first event “How to Network Like a Natural” will take place on Tuesday, September 19, at the Midlands Park Hotel & Conference Centre.  The workshop facilitator will be Barbara Moynihan of On Your Feet – an award winning trainer and successful businesses woman in her own right.

She will share tips on how to feel comfortable networking and share her secrets on how to build strong business relationships.   October’s event will be all about maximizing sales and November will be the inspirational story of Goatsbridge Trout Farm with Mags Kirwan.

All of the events can be booked online at www.networkireland.ie or search on www.eventbrite.ie  Anyone wishing to become a member of our network, you can do so by logging onto www.networkireland.ie



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