Applications being sought from ambitious Louth women

Are you an ambitious female entrepreneur who wants to significantly grow your business in 2013?

Are you an ambitious female entrepreneur who wants to significantly grow your business in 2013?

Are you interested in getting personal business advice from successful and established women entrepreneurs such as Mary McKenna, Managing Director of Tour America, Lulu O Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Giftsdirect.com or Colette Twomey, CEO of Clonakilty Black Pudding?

If so, you need to apply for one of the 60 places available on the next Going for Growth programme which will get underway in January 2013.

This business development initiative is designed to support women who are serious about growing their businesses and are the owner manager of a business which has been trading for at least two years.

The programme, which involves a time commitment of one half day a month for six months, is free of charge to suitable applicants.

Going for Growth pairs successful and established women entrepreneurs with businesswomen who are at an earlier stage of company development.

The established entrepreneurs share their knowledge and experience with the early stage entrepreneurs.

This will be the fifth cycle of the extremely successful Going for Growth scheme.

To date, four Going for Growth programmes have been completed and over 250 women, from all over the country and involved in a diverse range of businesses, have taken part since the pilot scheme in 2007.

Most of the 60 participants in the most recent cycle of Going for Growth increased their turnover by an average of 25 per cent and seven became exporters for the first time.

An additional 50 jobs were also created by participants, all achieved in the midst of a continuing recession.

Successful businesswomen who have committed to become Lead Entrepreneurs for the nextcycle of Going for Growth include: Colette Twomey, CEO, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Fiona O’Carroll, former Executive Vice President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Julie Colclough, Managing Director,Eurobase and Lulu O’Sullivan, Founder and CEO, Giftsdirect.com.

Female entrepreneurs interested in applying for the next programme can access information and download application forms at www.goingforgrowth.com.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Wednesday 16th of January 2013.