Local Enterprise Week 2021 South Dublin officially launched this week!

03 Feb 21

Mayor Ed O’Brien and founders of Artisan Pizza Cliona Swan and Gianpiero De Vallier together with South Dublin Director Of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development Frank Nevin, Head of Enterprise Tom Rooney and Senior Enterprise Development Officer Justin Mulhern Launch The Local Enterprise Office South Dublin Line up of events for ‘Local Enterprise Week 2021’


Local Enterprise Week is the most extensive ever in 2021. All events will be virtual, open, and free for all to attend. Participants can choose what events or workshops they would like to attend and participate from the comfort of their own home.


“The impact of COVID 19 has and continues to challenge many of our local businesses into 2021 but it is important that businesses take this time for to prepare themselves for their re-opening later in the year, to innovate and explore new business ideas and to consider the opportunities for e-commerce including the expansion into new International markets’, commented Tom Rooney,


The 2021 Programme opens on Monday 1 March kicking off with the national launch of the Green for Micro Initiative. This initiative was set up to help companies incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of their business. Building the New is a presentation which focuses on the new businesses starting because of COVID and others innovating because of COVID. Future of Work explores the how businesses are dealing with competition, technology, leadership and management skills and the distributed workforce into the future.


Almost 700 businesses successfully secured a Trading Online Voucher in South Dublin during 2020 to develop their online capability. Building on that the week’s programme includes a number of events to develop your e-commerce capability. A keynote presentation is from the motivational speaker David Meade on how to ‘Engage for Success online’. Workshops on Creating a Trading Online Digital Strategy, Enabling your B2B Online opportunities and Data Protection & GDPR essentials for Successful e-commerce will also take place. If you have not yet developed your online presence, then there is still time to sign up for the Trading Online Voucher Seminar 2021. This allows businesses to apply for the voucher scheme afterwards.

Other presentations and panels to watch out for include Health Checking your Business for its forward journey which will focus on Working Capital and Cashflow ; Cyber Security - Defending your business workshop highlights  the broad range of threats that contribute to Cyber risk and the technical aspects of developing a Cyber Security plan; Reboot your Strategy for 2021 with the Lean Business Model Canvas and Toolkit for Wellness workshop is a blended approach of theory, practical and exercise-driven training for supporting mental health and wellbeing in a professional environment

A special Networking Event for Women in Business (NEWS) together with talks and interviews with local successful entrepreneurs are also taking place over the course of the week.

The announcement came from South Dublin Local Enterprise Office (LEO), as part of the release of a jam-packed schedule of events between 1 and 5 March, for Local Enterprise Week 2021.

The purpose of Local Enterprise Week is to highlight the range of services and supports available to existing and potential entrepreneurs and micro and small enterprises. Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups and develop and support existing micro and small businesses to drive job creation and to provide accessible high-quality supports for businesses in South Dublin.




‘Local Enterprise Week is a collaboration between local and Government support groups, with a common goal in 2021 to help small and micro businesses to meet the exceptional challenges presented by COVID 19. We focus on supporting businesses prepare and reset for the reopening of the economy while also providing an exceptional opportunity to support new businesses who are considering starting a business to engage with us. Our wide-ranging program of events is designed to help you meet these challenges and explore opportunities for our existing businesses clients. The focus for the Local Enterprise Office is also  to connect with the many aspiring entrepreneurs who have an innovative idea and see this as the opportune time for them to start their own business,” commented Mr.Tom Rooney.




The full programme, is available  at and all events are free with most having unlimited capacity with the exception of some workshops which may be for limited numbers. LEO South Dublin is strongly advising businesses to book their place in advance to avoid disappointment.