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10-Mar-2017 What Happens When Women are Bold…

 

 

Guest speaker at the Inaugural Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2017 held at Drenagh House, Limavady Dr Leah Totton of Dr Leah Clinics .

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Yesterday was a great day, this week was an extraordinary week. At Causeway Enterprise Agency we have been hosting an event for International Women’s day for 16 years. This year we decided to take it up a notch, so along with the team at Women in Business and our supportive sponsors, we gathered over 240 women entrepreneurs at the stunning Drenagh House on the Causeway Coast and challenged them to #be bold for change and boy did they deliver….

Tina McKensie roared on to the stage with a candid honest tale of the personal traumas she has lived through and an infectious energy for business, especially women in business. She described her vision and unapologetic ambition for her business and her team, she made the whole room feel that anything is possible if you are brave and bold and drive forward towards your goals.

Leah Totten, Dr Leah, winner of the Apprentice and local girl was up next after a quick-fire networking session lead by the Bespoke Communications girls, Sarah and Camilla, the room quickly erupted as everyone started to connect and try and help each other, have an ask, givers gain was the message. Having Lord Sugar as a business partner must guarantee a great start to any business, you would think? Leah outlined her passion for improving her industry, her outrage at the lack of regulation and admitted it would have taken her longer to get started without her big hitting partner, however we have no doubt she would have made it happen and that she will be one to watch in the future.

Our audience is always diverse and its important to us to keep it real and easy to relate to, so next up was our panel of 6 local entrepreneurs to tell their stories, biggest challenges and how they had been bold! From Coffee Shops to civil engineering, Game of Thrones tours to Present Trees and Rapeseed oil to Handbags, they described the no’s and the knockbacks that had driven them on, the highs and the lows of running a business and having a life. The warmth, humour and passion they spoke with stunned the room, we will be talking about this panel for a long time to come.

After a late lunch, it was the turn of Petra Wetzel, of West Brewery to speak (without notes), the corporate lawyer now Brewery queen, told of her journey from the first Dragons Den Pitch to business failure to a growing successful global business. Once again honesty, integrity, passion and energy hit the stage, sheer grit and determination to prove everyone wrong literally drove her to succeed. Petra has now started a fund to give back and help other women get into business, she loved her first visit to Northern Ireland and felt an instant connection, we loved her too, we think we will adopt her!

We all go to networking events and conferences, listen to great speakers, meet new people, but sometimes something special happens, it could be luck, a happy accident or it could be one of those days when the chemistry happens, the buzz in the room grows and women do what they do best share, support and connect with each other. We are excited to be part of what comes next…

 

If you want to be bold for change call 028 7035 6318 for a chat, Causeway Enterprise Agency can help

 

 

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09-Mar-2017 Causeway Business Education supported by the Honourable the Irish Society

The Honourable The Irish Society is providing financial support for three years to the Causeway Business Education Partnership to assist with the facilitation of a key event that promotes the message of business and enterprise to our local schools within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. CBEP services a total of 19 post primary schools across the borough and through its activities will engage over 1600 young people.

Edward Montgomery, The Honourable The Irish Society said: “We are delighted to support the Causeway Business Education Partnership for the next three years. It is very important our young people are made fully aware of all the opportunities available to them on leaving school”

David Grainger, Chairman Causeway Business Education Partnership said: “It is great to have The Honourable The Irish Society as a sponsor again this year and have their commitment to sponsor for three years. The events that CBEP deliver in partnership with Causeway Enterprise Agency greatly benefit pupils throughout the Borough and help them to focus on possible career and further education opportunities”.


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Latest Events

29-Mar-2017
Export Skills - Targeting your Export Markets

Targeting your Export Markets

Overview:

  • Get a clear understanding about what good export process is and how to build sustainable exports.
  • Learn how to analyse and evaluate export potential and readiness.
  • Consider whether your company has a strong Value Proposition that will support export business.
  • Learn how to screen markets and select the right export markets
  • Find out about a range of analytical tools that can inform export decisions – starting with why export, am I ready to export, and where should I export to?

Following the workshops each participant will receive one half day 1:1 mentoring session to help you apply what you have learned to your business.

Terms and Conditions

  • Participation is limited to two delegates per company per workshop.
  • If there is insufficient demand for workshops we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel.
  • The booking fee is refundable if more than 10 working days’ notice of cancellation is given.
 
For more details and to register click HERE

04-Apr-2017
The Business of Economics: Meet the Stakeholders

The 2017 economy is already presenting new and unique challenges for businesses of all sizes. Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of economic trends and identify opportunities for business growth? Do you want to meet and hear more about how local organisations can support your business? This event is your chance to listen, digest, and plan for the future with the help from experts and local stakeholders.

 

Following the success of last year’s event Managing your Business in the Economy, Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Ulster University and Chartered Management Institute have again collaborated with the support of all significant stakeholders with a role in the business community - Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Causeway Enterprise Agency, and InvestNI where they will come together to discuss the current and future economic strategy for businesses in this region. President of Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Newman said:

“I am delighted that all the leading stakeholders within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough are collaborating to deliver an economic conference for the businesses of the Borough. With this being an election year in Northern Ireland, the hot topic on everyone’s lips will be the economy and Brexit. This event will provide a unique opportunity for business leaders to network and engage with key business leaders and stakeholders”

According to a recent CMI report, managers are encountering the gloomiest outlook for their business and the economy since 2012. While managing in the 2017 economy brings new and unique challenges for businesses of all sizes, the Ulster University Business School, Causeway Chamber of Commerce and the Chartered Management Institute have come together with key partner sponsors to host a first of its kind event on the Coleraine Campus for all types and sizes of business managers in the Causeway Coast and Glens borough.

Dr Karise Hutchinson, Provost at Ulster University explains:

“As Provost of the Coleraine campus in a year of great economic uncertainty as a result of significant political change and challenges, this event marks the University's commitment to helping local businesses build resilience. As economic stakeholders, we need to work together to ensure local businesses are kept informed of trends and can identify opportunities for growth".

Dr Eoin Magennis Senior Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre will present on the current economic trends and how these may affect the performance of local government, education and businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough. Dr Paul Beaney, Business Development Manager at Ulster University, will also provide a short presentation about how local businesses can access the right expertise and facilities to help businesses navigate the challenges and identify opportunities for development. The event will conclude with local stakeholder’s speed networking with local businesses. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage directly and exchange information with the various organisations who will be represented on the day.

We are delighted that Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, Roe Valley Enterprises, Connect to Success N.I, and The Carbon Trust will also be in attendance on the day to meet local businesses.

Where? Ulster University Coleraine campus

When? Tuesday 4 April, 9am-1pm (refreshments and lunch included) £10 pp.

For more information please visit:

www.causewaychamber.com/events

To register for the event please email: info@causewaychamber.com

 


 

 

 

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