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Pictured at the LEO Clare Women in Business Networking Event: L-R Sally Ann Marron, Sallyann's Handmade Bags; Padraig McElwee, head of enterprise Clare Local Enterprise Office and Mary Stack. Photograph by Arthur Ellis.

Women leading the way in business

Local Enterprise office Clare held the first of a series of women in business networking events on Tuesday.

Special guest Maria Kelly, spoke to a large group of focused and successful business women.The network, which has grown in numbers over the last number of years, is testimony to the fact that female specific supports have been successful in increasing the number of female entreprenuers in Ireland.

The Leo Clare women in business network has a diverse range of female entrepeneurs across varying sectors including; hospitality, retail, manufacturing, craft, food, tourism and new comers at early stage start up. The network welcomed back loyal members and greeted new members to the group. Collectively the business that were in attendance at this event employ in excess of over 450 people collectively, and this figure continues to grow. The presentation highlighted the importance of developing a business growth strategy.

“Most small business owners are too busy or are too close to their business to objectively assess it. But small firms have great advantages over larger firms when it comes to knowing their customers and being able to satisfy their needs. All they need is to get their plans down on paper. All strategy is, is a roadmap to success,” said Ms Kelly.

She underlined the importance of communicating the strategy internally within the business and with all stakeholders who are part of the organisation to create a culture of growth within a company.

Ms Kelly’s presentation was followed with break out sessions, where delegates had an opportunity to take part in round table discussions where everyone had discussed personal topics with their peers.

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