Local Enterprise Office DLR -  September 2019
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DLR Enterprise News - September 2019
In this month's edition.........
Client Spotlight

Caroline Gleeson - Bid Recruit 

In this client spotlight video, Caroline Gleeson of Bid Recruit provides an insight into the supports they have received from the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and how these supports have helped grow the company.

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Brexit Information Workshop -
Tues 17th September 2019

Get the latest on Brexit, and become familiar with actions that you can take now, to help mitigate against its potential impacts.

Join an excellent line-up of experts who will delve into the practicalities of tariff implications, customs processes, financial implications, funding supports and other resources available.

  • 7:30am: Registration, Tea & Coffee
  • 8:00am: Introductions
  • 8:05am: Michael McGill, Customs Consultant - Customs Procedures and Processes
  • 8:45am: Moira Creedon, Artemis Consulting - Finance Implications & Practical Steps to Prepare
  • 9:30am: Enterprise Ireland / Local Enterprise Office, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown - Resources & Other Supports 
  • 9:45am Close
Attendance is free but early booking is essential.


The Brexit SME Scorecard online tool is an important first step in helping small businesses think about how their businesses may be impacted by Brexit.

Developed by Enterprise Ireland, questions in the scorecard are built around six key business pillars to help SMEs self-diagnose how prepared they are. A comprehensive report is automatically generated to assist with planning and to highlight what further supports are available.


LEAN Business Programme

This programme is for established businesses looking to improve their processes and provides businesses with 5 x 3.5 hour on-site 1:1 mentoring sessions from qualified LEAN practitioners and an introductory deep dive into the principles driving LEAN and its benefits.

If you want to;
  • Understand the methodologies driving competitveness and growth in organisations of all sizes across the globe
  • Get help to prepare you for Brexit
  • Make real improvements
  • Learn simple tools that can be used immediately to improve your processes and more
Then the LEAN programme is for you. The programme will consist of three half days of workshop training and 5 x 3.5 hour on-site 1:1 mentoring sessions.

The next programme is LEO DLR led  and due to commence in November.
The cost per participant is €500.


CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting Qualification

Develop vital financial literacy skills to make important SME business decisions with our partners in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) with an exclusive 17% discount offer on the Certificate in Business Accounting Qualification.

To avail of this great offer, make sure to make an application with us by Wednesday 16th October 2019 (Registration with CIMA will open on 21st October & close on 3rd November).

This is a unique offering to SME companies and their employees in DLR and is the first time CIMA has partnered with a support agency globally to provide this incentive to raise the financial skills of its SME population.

This is a practical and broad course aimed at owner managers/key employees of SMEs who want to learn best practice in the areas of:

  • Business Economics
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

On successful completion of the four subject examinations, students are awarded the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, and can use the designatory letters CIMA Cert BA after their name.

Full Details

Financial Management Workshop - Thursday 10th October

Many SME owners can find themselves running a business without any formal business qualification and subsequently lack the skills and confidence to make important business decisions. Good financial literacy is essential in any organisation and especially for SMEs that are looking to expand and compete in this increasingly complex commercial world.

Having good financial literacy will impact your ability to raise finance, forecast accurately, scale and prevent practices which often lead to failure. 

Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are running an evening workshop on Thursday 10th October to advise small business owners on the importance of financial management and literacy and to help them understand the basics and get some practical tips.

Full Details

LINK Business Network

Join the DLR business community at Link Network meetings once a month on a Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Everyone is welcome, whether you're a start-up or established business and there is no fee to join.
  • Make connections through networking
  • Raise your profile and get referrals
  • Upskill through workshop content/advice
  • Get expert advice on business strategies from expert speakers
  • Exchange ideas and share experiences with other entrepreneurs

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Next Link Network Meeting
  • Date: Tuesday September 17th
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Venue: Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road
  • Speaker: Carol O'Kelly, Redstorm
  • Topic: Developing Your Business on LinkedIn
Developing Your Business On LinkedIn

"Everyone's on LinkedIn... Right?"
But not everyone is using it to its full potential, or in the right way! You have a personal profile, you may post a bit and comment occasionally. Some may even engage in groups and conversations. But are you delivering the results you and your business really need? Are you building a high value network who will buy from you, turn to you and recommend you… Is it an active revenue driver?

This high energy, hands-on session is designed to ensure that you are best placed to use the power and opportunities of LinkedIn to develop your business. It will remove “The Fear” of posting and engaging with potential clients. Giving you the know-how and confidence to market yourself, your company and your services, and develop prospects and new business through this multi-functional platform as well as connecting with your current clients and potential connections; using the tricks, tools and strategies the experts use.

This session is designed for anyone looking to use LinkedIn more effectively, to increase your visibility and reputation and, most importantly, develop new business.

Please book your place via email to
National Women's Enterprise Day - "Making It Happen", Thursday 17th October

Fingal LEO will organise the biggest women’s networking event in the country, with what they promise will be “a fast-moving, exciting and intensive morning that is simply unmissable for Dublin’s women in business!”

The theme of this year's Women’s Enterprise Day is 'Making It Happen' and the programme includes a variety of guest speakers, female entrepreneurs, lively panel discussion, small-business case studies, an exhibition of enterprise support agencies as well as plenty of opportunities to network with other female entrepreneurs and business owners. 

TV and Radio Broadcaster Kathryn Thomas was announced as this year’s NWED Master of Ceremonies, while a number of inspiring speakers from several business sectors were also unveiled including: Ann McGee, Managing Director of MIAS Pharma; Siobhan Murray, author and resilience coach; Caroline Keeling, CEO of Keelings; Jo Harpur, CEO of Jo Harpur Jewellery; Krissy Gibson, CEO of Take the Cake; Niamh Sherwin-Barry, Director of the Irish Fairy Door Company; Melanie Boylan, Director of STOMP Social Media Training; Emer Cleary, Founder of Emu Ink Publishing; Aimee Madden, CEO of Clinishift and Jessica Conlon, Founder of Twigs.

Registration is at 8.45am with the opportunity to network over breakfast. The event itself kicks off at 9.30am and will include a networking lunch at 1pm, concluding at 2pm.

The organisers say NWED promises a packed and memorable morning. The event is funded by the LEOs in the Dublin Region and Enterprise Europe Network. Tickets are currently available at the subsidised rate of only €25. Places are limited, so early booking is strongly advised!


Local Government Supplier Engagement Event - 1st October

InterTradeIreland, together with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) are hosting a Supplier Engagement event focusing on Local government procurement opportunities in greater Dublin and surrounding areas.

Local government in Ireland manage contracts which support and maintain civic amenities and community  services. This is your opportunity to engage with the relevant people on the ground in councils to help inform future contracting approaches, market requirements and service delivery models.

Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Venue: CityWest Hotel & Conference Centre – Sycamore Suite
Time: 10am – 2pm (Registration from 9.30am)
Cost: Free of charge but advance booking essential


Trading Online Voucher - Info Seminar (29th October)

For many businesses, the question is not whether to trade online, it's how to start. Designed to assist small businesses, the Trading Online Voucher (TOV) Scheme offers training and advice, along with financial assistance of up to €2,500.

Attend our information seminar which has been designed by experienced digital marketing specialists to help participants complete the application form and to understand how to make best use of a Trading Online Voucher.

This information seminar is taking place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire from 9.30am-1.30pm. Attendance is free but advance booking is essential.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must attend a TOV seminar in order to submit an application for the Trading Online Voucher itself - the next application deadline is Friday 15th November at 4pm.


Food Starter Programme
September & October 2019

This ‘Food Starter programme’ is a short two day programme designed to help those with a food idea, or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business (typically the first 24 months).

The objective of the 2 days is to provide the participants with a base knowledge of what is involved in setting up a food business.

The next programme will run on two days: Friday 20th September and Friday 4th October 2019. Participants must attend both days.

This programme is run by James Burke & Associates who have a wealth of industry experience in both the retail and food service sectors.

Venue: Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan
Date: 20th Sept & 4th Oct 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5pm
Price: €100


Food Academy Start Programme - October 2019

A two month programme for those looking to develop and grow small-scale food & drink production businesses.

During this programme you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the tools which can be used to assess market background, understand core technical issues facing your food or drink business, learn how to grow sales for your product range through better branding and packaging design and gain all of the tools and knowledge necessary to launch and build a successful food business in Ireland.

The cost to take part is only €200 per person (inclusive of all course materials, training and mentoring provided).

We are now taking application for the next programme, which is due to start in October - deadline for receipt of completed applications is Monday 16th September.

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Local Enterprise Office, Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown

Phone: 01 2047083

County Hall, Marine Road,
Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday: 9:00 - 4:30
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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