The worlds of sport and business collide at An Tain event

The worlds of sport and business collide at An Tain event

“Being in business can be tough but sometimes you’ve just got to stop, relax and realise how far you’ve come. You know what they say about all work and no play” declared Thomas McEvoy, Louth’s Head of Enterprise.

The social highpoint of Local Enterprise Week Louth took place on Thursday 10th March at the Town Hall Theatre in Dundalk.

Attendees were greeted in the grand lobby of the Town Hall, were they were treated wine and canapés and given a chance to network as part of the 'Sport and Comedy Networking Event'.

The winners of the Local Entreprise Offices awards also took place.

Winner of the Best New Business Award went to Rachel Hanna of Bell Media Ltd.

Winners of the Business Growth Award was Joe Molloy and Allison Cooney of Sync IT.

Winners of Louth Enterprise Award were Gerry King and Owen Fee of Sing Li Goods .

Comedian Patrick McDonnell, aka Fr. Eoin McLove from Fr. Ted, opened the evening by taking an “irreverent look at the world of business”.

LMFM’s award winning broadcaster Gerry Kelly then took over as MC and hosted a lively, fun discussion on “Competing in Sport - Winning in Business”.

His panel included Karl Henry, best known for his role as personal trainer on RTE’s Operation Transformation, who runs a highly successful business in Dublin.

Rugby legend Brent Pope will regale the audience with tales of his days in sport and the lessons he learned in setting up his own business.

Local entrepreneurs Ciaran Herr of Horseware and Sean O’Connor of StatSports completed the panel and shared a wealth of stories and insights from their respective businesses.

The Local Enterprise Office, part of Louth County Council, is the primary agency that helps entrepreneurs and SMEs build successful businesses in County Louth. It supports employment generation and economic development in the county.

LEO Louth (and its predecessor Louth County Enterprise Board) has provided advice, counselling, training, finance and other supports to over 4,000 local enterprises over the past 20 years. LEO Louth can provide a range of supports to businesses, both financial and non-financial, to assist viable enterprise projects start-up or expand.