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Global economist David McWilliams set to launch Limerick Business Week 2015 Global economist David McWilliams set to launch Limerick Business Week 2015


Global economist David McWilliams set to launch Limerick Business Week 2015



Global economist David McWilliams, who is set to launch Limerick Business Week 2015.

Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO), which offers support and services to help start, grow and develop micro and small businesses, has announced details of Limerick Business Week 2015, running from 5th – 9th October.

‘Small Business Surviving & Striving in a Global Economy’ will be the focus of world-renowned economist David McWilliams’ keynote speech at the launch of Limerick Business Week 2015, on Monday, 5th October at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.

Other events taking place include ‘How to Write a Business Plan’, an interactive workshop – 5th October; Limerick Chamber Autumn Business Expo – 6thOctober; workshops for the unemployed – 6th & 7th October ; and the Women in Business Networking Event – 7th October.




“Limerick Business Week is a very important annual event on the local business calendar as it encourages start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies to share and learn from each others’ experiences,” commented Eamon Ryan, Head of LEO Limerick.

He continued: “Over the years, we have supported local entrepreneurs in building sustainable businesses through our various training and development programmes, mentoring or business grants. Limerick Business Week encourages members of Limerick’s business community to speak openly about their experiences, to encourage potential entrepreneurs and to encourage investment in the community.”

This year Limerick Business Week coincides with the Startup Gathering 2015, led by Startup Ireland, a national not-for-profit grassroots organisation dedicated to championing the growth of the start-up sector throughout Ireland, with the goal of making Ireland a leading global start-up hub by 2020, backed by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, in the Action Plan for Jobs and sponsored by Bank of Ireland. The Startup Ireland Vision 2020 forum take place Thursday, 8th October at Limerick School of Art and Design where creative entrepreneurial minds will come together as a community to discuss how we can develop our region to be a global #1 hub for start-ups and scale-ups.

Startup Gathering spokesperson and Region Coordinator Gillian Barry said: ‘’We are inviting you, whether you are a founder or working for a startup, scaleup, advisor, student, researcher, inventor, innovator, investor or just have an interest in anything to do with entrepreneurship and innovation to check in online and come along to some of the fantastic events in the region during the week. The community are collaborating and connecting to help make our region a global hub for start, scale, succeed.’’

This year’s programme has been developed in conjunction with a large number of partners from the public and private sectors. Most Limerick Business Week events are free to attend but require advance booking.

Visit the Limerick Local Enterprise website for full details and booking information here

Check out the Limerick Local Enterprise Office Facebook page here

Read more about Limerick business here


Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.