SECAD Noticeboard Final Week November 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Final Week November 2012

South and East Cork Area Development showcases female entrepreneurship

Catalyst Network for Women in Business in South & East Cork Host Annual Seminar-

Over 60 female entrepreneurs were out in force at South & East Cork Area Development’s (SECAD) annual Catalyst Seminar at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Little Island on Wednesday night.

  Dee Collins with SECAD CEO Ryan Howard


“The theme we chose for this year’s event was “making connections” and building on these connections to maximise all business opportunities. The level of interest has been overwhelming, with more than 60 guests and exhibitors attending.  We were delighted that 15 business women took the opportunity to promote their businesses with their stands”.

Guest speakers on the night included Deirdre Collins of Dee’s Wholefoods, who appeared on Dragon’s Den last year with her vegetarian ready meals produce.  Dee provided the audience with plenty of food for thought, as she described her transition from farmers’ market stalls to a national brand which retails in all the major Irish supermarkets, and has now secured expansion into the Northern Ireland market through her Sainsbury’s distribution.

Deirdre O’ Shaughnessy, Editor of Cork Independent and regular Newstalk radio and TV Contributor spoke about how fundamental it is to make connections and build relationships for one’s profile and business.

“I was delighted to speak at the Catalyst programme as it’s so important to share information and expertise. Knowing how to deal with people is the lifeblood of any business, but ‘networking’ can be a daunting prospect for some people. Hopefully I passed on some lessons that I’ve learned through my own mistakes,” added, Deirdre O’ Shaughnessy, Editor at Cork Independent.

Margaret Smith, entrepreneur and owner of cookery school business UmNumNum was on hand to offer her insights into all items business related including how she launched a career in Social Media. Margaret highlighted the importance of building relationships whether online or in real life which is the key to a successful business.

“All our networking events are open to women in business and women who would like to start their own business. We have received fantastic feedback on this year’s event and we are already looking forward to planning next year’s seminar.



For further information on the Catalyst programme For Women in Business please email Sinéad Conroy at or call 021.4613432.

For more information please contact: Lorraine Kelleher or Sinéad Conroy

South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Age Action Midleton Care & Repair Service running well

Following the official launch of the Midleton Care & Repair Service recently at the offices of SECAD at the Midleton Enterprise Centre, Owenacurra Business Park, Knockgriffin, the ‘Care & Repair Programme’ which is supported by a dedicated Garda vetted team from within SECAD and incorporating Garda vetted workers from the Tús Initiative is running well and the community reaction is good as the word gets out about this fantastic new service.

The Midleton Care and Repair service has a dedicated phone line 021-4621190 where all calls will be logged and then the dedicated Care & Repair team will call to assess the job and the eligibility for this service is that it is available to the over 65’s or any person with a physical disability.


SECAD care & repair team Patrick Kirk, Joe Dilworth and Tom Hurton

Joe Dilworth the foreman of the ‘Care & Repair’ service said “All we ask the users of the service to do is pay for materials and a small donation if they can afford to. We also advice people that especially at this time of year to be very careful who they let into their home. We have identification cards which have photograph identification and carry the Age Action Ireland logo, so we are immediately identified and we always call initially to the person home with two people and we always make a phone call ahead of our visit to arrange a time to meet. In this day and age there are so many horror stories about the older members of our community getting ripped off and we want to assure all our users of the ‘Care & Repair’ service that they will be completely safe and we pride ourselves in the confidentiality that we apply to every job”.

‘Care & Repair, enabling people to live independently in the Community in increased comfort and safety’



Bikes for Africa

SECAD is looking for any old bicycles to be donated for repair for Africa. Joe Dilworth and Robert Colan-O’Leary are urging anyone who has an old bike that is no longer wanted no matter what the condition, to bring that bike to Unit 13 in the Midleton Business Park. To make arrangements just call SECAD at 021-4613432 and ask for the bike repair team.

Bicycle Repair for Africa at Unit 13 at the Midleton Business Park Dwyers Road

When the bicycles are fully repaired they will go to different charities who bring bikes out to Africa, so if you can bring in any bicycles they just might make a huge difference to somebodies life in Africa.





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