Bubblebum Boss to Launch North West Networking Event

"Bubblebum CEO Grainne Kelly, second from left, who is the keynote speaker at a free cross-border networking event hosted by the Enhancing Women's Entrepreneurship (EWE) programme, which takes place on 25th April in An Grian�n Hotel, Burt with Agnes McGinley, left, Programme Manager, EWE, Patricia Greene, Women in Enterprise (WIE) Derry, Noeleen McAteer, Donegal Women in Business and Denise Devlin, WIE. Photograph: Paul McGuckin.

"Bubblebum CEO Grainne Kelly, second from left, who is the keynote speaker at a free cross-border networking event hosted by the Enhancing Women's Entrepreneurship (EWE) programme, which takes place on 25th April in An Grian�n Hotel, Burt with Agnes McGinley, left, Programme Manager, EWE, Patricia Greene, Women in Enterprise (WIE) Derry, Noeleen McAteer, Donegal Women in Business and Denise Devlin, WIE. Photograph: Paul McGuckin.

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The inventor of the world’s first inflatable car booster seat is a keynote speaker at a top networking group being held in Burt next week.

Derry’s Grainne Kelly, CEO and inventor of BubbleBun will be speaking about her award-winning product and describe how she took a great idea and turned it into a successful business in less than a year.

Grainne Kelly, CEO and inventor of BubbleBum, who is the keynote speaker at a free cross-border networking event, organised by the Enhancing Women's Entrepreneurship Programme, an initiative of Donegal County Enterprise Board, on 25th April in An Grian�n Hotel, Burt from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Grainne Kelly, CEO and inventor of BubbleBum, who is the keynote speaker at a free cross-border networking event, organised by the Enhancing Women's Entrepreneurship Programme, an initiative of Donegal County Enterprise Board, on 25th April in An Grian�n Hotel, Burt from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

The free seminar, which is organised by the Enchancing Women’s Entrepreneurship (EWE) programme, an initiative of Donegal County Enterprise Board, will take place in An Grianan Hotel on Wednesday April 25 from 9.30am to 12.30pm/

Agnes McGinley, programme manager of EWE told the Journal: “We are delighted to secure Grainne as guest speaker for the event given her packed schedule.

“Grainne is a shining example to other business women in the North West and we are expecting huge interest in the story of how she made her company such a big success.”

Grainne started her career as a Quantity Surveyor before opening up her own successful travel business which she ran for 16 years. A mother of two boys, she had the idea for Bubblebum in 2009 while making frequent trips between Derry and England to visit a sick relative.

“After being stranded at an airport without a car seat she proceeded to solve the problem not only for herself but for all other parents who are faced with the same issue. Grainne developed an inflatable seat that could be packed and taken on holiday. She took her idea from concept to shelf in 9 months and within 18 months the product was being sold in more than 20 countries.

Since then BubbleBum has grown rapidly with Asda being the latest large supermarket chain to sign up as a retailer. Grainne has also won numerous awards, including finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Award All Island 2011, Belfast Telegraph Business Woman of the Year Award 2010 and the Mother and Baby Magazine ‘Best Travel Product’ Award.

Following Grainne’s presentation at the free event there will be a networking session providing an opportunity for attendees to meet with like-minded small business owners in a series of structured fifteen minute meetings. The event will provide an unrivalled platform to network, share experiences and develop new business opportunities with organisations from throughout the cross border region including members of the Donegal Women in Business Network, the Derry Women in Enterprise network and participants of the EWE programme.

This event is free of charge but registration is essential. To register to attend the event, contact Agnes McGinley on 00 353 (0) 74 9160735 or e-mail amcginley@donegalenterprise.ie by Thursday 12th April 2012.