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Local female entrepreneurs lead the way in South and East Cork

(Midleton, 11 April)  SECAD Partnership hosted a ‘Meet the Founder’ networking event at Midleton Community Enterprise Centre to bring together twenty participants from SECAD’s Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) and six female entrepreneurs and business women from Cork’s local business community. The showcase event aimed to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs by showcasing established business women and their thriving local businesses.

Successful Cork business women sharing their story at the event included;

  • Sabrina Hill – Kopper Hair Salon & New Hair Revolution
  • Sally O’ Brien – Farmgate, Midleton
  • Ina & Rachel Mc Carthy – Mc Carthy’s Flowers, Midleton
  • Sinead Ni Mhurchu and Orli Tollman – My Local Nutrition Hubs
  • Rachel Sarah Murphy – Irish Film Academy
  • Eleanor Dunlea – Lollipops Clothes and Shoes, Midelton

The female entrepreneurs shared their experiences and motivational insights on their road to business success and provided inspiration to the WREN participants currently working to achieve their ambition and realise their business goals.

Participants learned of both the pitfalls and opportunities of self-employment, such as cashflow, costs, employee management, as well as the challenges of dealing with often isolating business circumstances which demand entrepreneurs to push outside of their comfort zones.

Female entrepreneurship is a key source of job creation and innovation locally in Cork and is crucial for addressing income inequality and social exclusion. Specifically, the aim of the WREN programme and related events is to  target and address the under representation of female-led businesses by using a tailored and focussed approach, to support personal development and networking opportunities for women starting and growing their own businesses.

Suzanne Kearney, Assistant CEO at SECAD Partnership said,  ‘’today was an excellent opportunity to recognise local business women and benefit from their experience, and empower WREN participants to meet and connect with peers in a supportive environment’’.

The year- long WREN programme will culminate in a graduation showcase of participants’ fledgling businesses on 13 June.  Recruitment of participants for next year’s WREN study programme will open in June 2018 and the next programme will start in September 2018. Contact the programme coordinator – Frances Doyle (fdoyle@secad.ie  or 021 461 3432 for more information.)

SECAD will continue to lead the WREN project into 2019, working in partnership with Ballyhoura Development in Limerick and Cork Institute of Technology’s Rubicon Centre and Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence. The WREN  Project is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
• Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
• Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
• Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie