It was lovely to attend the third annual Waterford Chamber Women In Business Lunch on Thursday 3rd December 2015 in Athenaeum House Hotel.
Storm Desmond had arrived with strong winds, heavy rain and flash flooding . But that didn’t stop 95 local business women making their way to this great event. On arrival we received a glass of mulled wine lots of women networking , the noise level was fairly high. Next we were treated to a beautiful meal before the guest speaker Cpl Resoures CEO Anne Heraty spoke about how she was passionate about the advancement of women in business and how everyone needs a little help and encouragement along the way. Also Ms Heraty spoke of how it is important to share our experience ,particularly with younger . Something i truly agree with.
Ms Heraty gave a very open and honest insight into her journey in business. There was a great was energy in the room. It was great to make new connections and also catch up with old friends . I always enjoy theses event’s and came away feeling inspired and motivated.
Another great event thank you Waterford Chamber
This week Wigworld were delighted to be exhibiting in Dungarvan at the third ‘Spark a Thought’ creative workshop as part of the Waterford area Partnership (WAP) initiative , to get people thinking about starting their own business, ways to turn a hobby or a passion into a self-employment opportunity.
WAP believes that the best way of understanding what it means to embark on the path of self-employment is to hear it from someone who has made that journey.
The event took part in the Park Hotel in Dungarvan with over 13 different types of business owners exhibiting on the day . There was quite a diverse range of business from music producer, hawkeye falconry, crafts, caking makers, pet training and lots more. We were delighted to take part and talk about our business and how it came to fruition and showcase what we do.
There was also a wide range of service providers , mentors from WAP and staff from the Department of Social Welfare giving advice and information on the support’s and schemes that are available to people considering starting their own business.
For further information contact Waterford Area Partnership on 051-841740
Last night we attended Waterford’s first ever Thanksgiving Party in the beautyful Medieval Museum. The chart-toppers Delorentos played a surprise set for guests before going on stage at the Theatre Royal.
A Night at the Museum – A Festive Thanksgiving Party was a collaboration between Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, EveryEvent and Winterval to give the business community the opportunity to give thanks and help support Focus Ireland and The Samaritans.
The night began with a special showing of the Winterval Illuminates Light Show on Cathedral Square, to keep us all warm we were treated to a Muldoon Hot Chocolate and popcorn. Afterwards we made our way through the Museum to the Garden Room, where games were set up and we were greeted by Mrs Clauues and the elfs. A wine reception was in full flow and the most fabulous food was served by Flavourhaus ( you need check these guys out) followed by the delicious selection of deserts by Cakeface.
We knew the was going to be a surprise on the night and we weren’t disappointed , when the Delorentos played a surprise set. That really got the party started. Guests were asked in advance to bring a gift or donation to Santa for two charities Focus Ireland and the Samaritans.
Next it was time to visit Santa in his grotto in the old Wine Cellar in the Undercrofts, if you have never been to the Medieval Museum you need to go and see it. It is so beautiful and steeped in history. We had abit of fun with Santa and got our photo taken .Your never too old to have fun and just to tell you best Santa ever comes from Waterford:)) Check him out at Winterval.
We mingled the night away chatting and catching up with friends. All in all it was a fantastic night for two deserving charities and at times we all need to stop, take a step back and by thankful for the things we have in life, our family, friends and health and it’s good to be able to give back to those less fortunate
On leaving the event everybody was presented with a specially commissioned Christmas decoration made by Waterford Traditional Skills.
Today I attended Bizfest 2015 hosted by the Carlow , Tipperary & Kilkenny County Councils – Local Enterprise Offices in association Bank of Ireland , Netwatch , Connect Ireland & Carlow Chamber which was held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel , Kilkenny Road , Carlow.
Bizfest was born out of the desire to connect business people together to assist in developing a business. It is a business networking event featuring a panel of unique business people who have experience on the local, national and international stage. Bizfest has 3 elements, the first element is the exhibition area which introduces you to products and services which may benefit your business, the second is the panel event which gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry experts about how to energize your business. The third is networking over lunch.
I arrived at the hotel around 11.45 am and registered the room was hoping ,there was over 30 exhibition stands and lots of people engaging and an networking already. Over 300 business entrepreneurs form across Ireland where in attendance. There was a great buzz in the air. At 12.30 the panel event got under way. Richard Curran of Dragons Den was the host and firstly he outlined the achievements, challenges and opportunities of the companies assembled on the panel . The panel consists of some great entrepreneurs Michael Dawson – Founder of the Gift Voucher Shop / One for All , Mags Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Conor Mulhall of the Little Milk Company, Linda Nolan MD of Mybio winner of the National Enterprise Awards 2015. , Terry Clune of Taxback.com and David Walsh of Netwatch. Some inspirational words and stories from an open and honest panel. Fantastic to see how some of the panel where now on the international stage.
On then to a beautiful meal were more networking was done. It was lovely to meet up with old friends and to make new connections. Bizfest 2015 didn’t fail to deliver , well done to all involved on another great event. I look forward to next year. I drove home to Waterford feeling motivated, inspired and on a little bit of a high :))
For further information on upcoming events contact LEO Carlow