By Leah Marie Byrne and Emma Hughes
LOCAL Enterprise Office (LEO) Laois commemorated National Women’s Enterprise Day by carrying out its largest-ever programme of events. The main event took place in Gloster House, Birr with the aim of inspiring more women in Laois to start and grow their own business.
Speaking about the event, Evelyn Reddin, head of enterprise at LEO Laois, said: “It gives us the opportunity to highlight the success stories of women in Laois, who continue to do amazing things in business across every sector. The day itself is also an opportunity for businesswomen to network, engage, share tips and advice and to find out what supports are available for their business through their Local Enterprise Office.”
National Woman’s Enterprise Day continues to grow each year, with events taking place nationwide. More than 1,700 female entrepreneurs attended this year’s event, reflecting the national growth in female entrepreneurship across the country. According to the organisers, there was an 18% increase in female entrepreneurs taking local enterprise office training programmes last year, as almost 22,000 female entrepreneurs and businesswomen engaged with their LEO on supports in 2018.