‘Don’t be afraid to fail’ women ad­vised at en­ter­prise con­fer­ence

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BUSINESS NEWS - LORNA SIGGINS

Re­search con­tin­u­ously, nur­ture “good peo­ple”, and don’t be afraid to fail was the ad­vice given by women to women at the Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day con­fer­ence in Gal­way yes­ter­day.

About 13,450 women are ini­ti­at­ing new busi­nesses an­nu­ally, or more than 1,100 ev­ery month, ac­cord­ing to the State’s Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices (LEO) net­work which hosted the two-day event.

How­ever, just one in three women have a pos­i­tive view of their per­sonal en­tre­pre­neur­ial ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to last year’s (2013) Global En­trepreneur­ship Mon­i­tor re­port for Ire­land.

Ad­dress­ing some 300 par­tic­i­pants who at­tended the two-day event, Siob­hán Law­less of The Foods of Athenry company said that women “tend to be more self-crit­i­cal than men” and “take fail­ure in business more per­son­ally”.

“Fail­ure is not the prob­lem – it’s how you deal with it,” Ms Law­less said, re­call­ing how her and her hus­band’s Co Gal­way business re­cov­ered from a se­ri­ous fire in 2011.

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