Sport success meets busi­ness success at break­fast net­work­ing event in Mallow

The Corkman - - NEWS - Wil­lie John O’Flynn, of FDC Ac­coun­tants, Mallow net­work­ing with the at­ten­dees at the event in Car­ri­goon last week.

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.

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