Sport success meets business success at breakfast networking event in Mallow
NOVEMBER 28th was a very wet and windy morning for people in Cork – however, there were a large number of locally-based entrepreneurs who braved the elements to attend the Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West Speed networking event with guest speaker International Rugby Player, Mick Galwey.
The event, which was held at the Mallow GAA complex, began at 8:00am despite the storm which hurled outside. Over 40 people attended the event to hear guest speakers Mick Galwey and Liam O’Sullivan of Irish Roll-forming speak about their journeys in life.
Kevin Curran, Head Of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office kicked off the morning with details of the supports offered by the Local Enterprise Office. “It is our intention to continue and support all business the best way we can. If research indicates that specific initiatives will help us to help business grow then we will provide them,” Mr Curran said.
“We will also continue to run a full range of training programmes for both men and women so we believe that we are providing a range of supports that will suit everyone’s requirements.
Mick Galway, who captained the Kerry County football team and the Irish Rugby team, spoke of the comparisons between sport and business. “The discipline, the work ethic, the value of a loyal and dedicated team and of course the years of ground work which go into creating what some often see as an overnight success,” Mick said.
Liam O’Sullivan spoke about his journey in business and the importance of building a team to grow a business. When taking questions from the floor he highlighted the importance of working on your business.
He discussed the importance of being able to set goals and have vision while being able to keep your feet firmly in the present and on the operations of what is happening today. “What do achieve to do or do not achieve today will impact on directly on the future,” said Liam.
Following the inspirational presentations the event concluded with an energetic and fast moving speed networking exercise which was facilitated by Theresa Mulvihill, Smart Marketing. This event was hosted by Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West as a support to making business happen.
According to Joan Kelleher, Business Adviser of the Local Enterprise Office, in today’s Business climate networking with potential clients had never been more important. “There is a realisation among most sensible business people that they look beyond traditional ways of doing business and the type of promotional activities that they previously engaged in,” said Joan.
“We have been delighted with the enthusiastic response that this networking initiative has received, which demonstrate that smaller companies are willing to look at every opportunity that presents itself.”
The event received an overwhelming thumbs up from all in attendance as they left with an invigorated pep in their step.
If you wish to book a place on any of the Local Enterprise Office Training Programmes, log on to book your place www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest
Above are Liam O’Sullivan, Irish Rollforming Ltd, Mallow, Joan Kelleher, Business Advisor, LEO Cork North and West, Mick Galwey, Brand Ambassador for Tria Brosnan Oils, Theresa Mulvihill, Smart Marketing Ltd and Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork North and West at the Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West Speed Networking event held at the GAA Complex, Carrigoon, Mallow on Wednesday 28th November.Right: Barry O’Shea, Buttevant, Dorothea Gail, Glantane and Liam O’Sullivan, Bweeng at the event.