Female entrepreneurs from Louth joined with 70 other Irish women entrepreneurs who run businesses with a combined turnover in excess of €75 million, last week to attend the annual ‘Going for Growth’ National Forum in Co. Kildare.
Between them, the 70 women currently employ almost 700 people and at present, almost half are exporters. Over the next five years, they aim to increase this to 1,200 employees, with a combined turnover of €250 million.
These enterprising women, who come from all over the country with a diverse range of businesses, took part in the Going for Growth National Forum to explore how they can further strengthen their enterprises in order to achieve significant growth.
Commenting on the Going for Growth approach, Louth entrepreneur, Caeva O’Callaghan, Quoteme.ie, describes the experience,
“I would highly recommend the Going for Growth programme to any female entrepreneur who is dedicated to growing their business.
“It is the perfect opportunity to network with other business women who are facing similar challenges. “Taking part in the round table sessions and hearing all the inspiring stories will motivate you to think big and set ambitious goals for your business.”
O’Callaghan Insurances was founded in 1949 to provide an Insurance Broking service in Dundalk and the surrounding area.
O’Callaghan Insurances are the owners of Quoteme.ie, which was launched in 2006.
It was the O’Callaghan Insurances first step into the online insurance market.
Quoteme.ie offers a large range of insurance products, including Car, Home, Travel and Health insurance.
Those that attended the event have completed one of the four previous cycles of the Going for Growth programme which pairs successful and established women entrepreneurs with businesswomen who are at an earlier stage of company development.
The initiative is supported and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Justice and Equality under the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013, and by Enterprise Ireland.
The programme brings together successful and established women entrepreneurs to act as “Leads”, with women whose businesses are at an earlier stage of development.
Thirteen Lead Entrepreneurs also attended the two day Forum.
They act as role models to the women entrepreneurs at an early stage of development and are happy to share their knowledge and experience with them on a completely voluntary basis.
Paula Fitzsimons, the National Director and Founder of Going for Growth, says Irish women have the entrepreneurial talent and spirit required to succeed.
Referencing the findings from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report 2011 for Ireland released in the last week, Paula Fitzsimons highlights the significance of the programme:
“The 2011 GEM Report shows that a much higher proportion of men compared to women are engaged in entrepreneurial activity.
“Currently in Ireland, there are two-and-a-half times as many men as women involved in entrepreneurship.
This extends to nine to one (men to women) when we look at those who have significant ambition for their new business. Going for Growth aims to bridge this gap.
“Irish women have a major role to play in delivering the economic benefits and job creation opportunities that successful entrepreneurship can bring.
“Going for Growth is designed to support women to do just that by assisting them to fully exploit their entrepreneurial talent and potential.”
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