Enterprise Week a huge success for local business

Hollie Carroll, CTEIP, Derry City Council, at the launch of "CTEIP" during Enterprise Week at the Innovation Centre, NW Science Park, with, from left, Martin Vaughan, Invest NI, Dr. Le Roy Downey, business manager, C-tric, and on right, Professor Paul McCarron, keynote speaker. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Hollie Carroll, CTEIP, Derry City Council, at the launch of "CTEIP" during Enterprise Week at the Innovation Centre, NW Science Park, with, from left, Martin Vaughan, Invest NI, Dr. Le Roy Downey, business manager, C-tric, and on right, Professor Paul McCarron, keynote speaker. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

There was a fantastic turnout over the past week for Derry’s biggest annual business event, Enterprise Week, which attracted over 1,000 local business people for a series of workshops, talks, and networking events which took place at venues across the city.

The extensive five-day programme, now in its third year, was organized by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities team, part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Funder under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

Hollie Carroll, CTEIP, Derry City Council, at the launch of "CTEIP" during Enterprise Week at the Innovation Centre, NW Science Park, with, from left, Martin Vaughan, Invest NI, Dr. Le Roy Downey, business manager, C-tric, and on right, Professor Paul McCarron, keynote speaker. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Hollie Carroll, CTEIP, Derry City Council, at the launch of "CTEIP" during Enterprise Week at the Innovation Centre, NW Science Park, with, from left, Martin Vaughan, Invest NI, Dr. Le Roy Downey, business manager, C-tric, and on right, Professor Paul McCarron, keynote speaker. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Speaking after the event, the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, said the programme had been a resounding success building on the success of the previous two years. “The number of businesses who have engaged with this year’s programme has been fantastic and in no small part due to the calibre of speakers who have been engaging with local companies.

“This event is so important in terms of raising awareness about the many local support services available for both established businesses and new enterprises. I would like to congratulate the Business Opportunities Team and their partners for delivering such a successful and inspiring programme.”

Speakers throughout the week included a series of high profile industry professionals, including Social Entrepreneur David Erasmus, top chef and TV presenter James McIntosh, Kara Academy founder Alan O’Neill, Fashion Industry expert Shalina Alabask and Digital expert Shaa Wasmund. The week concluded with the Craft Awards and Fashion Show 2015 hosted by Sarah Travers in the Guildhall, which showcased the work of the vibrant local craft industry.

Business Opportunities Manager with Derry City Council, Louise Breslin, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the turn out this year, and the feedback from the many people who engaged with the programme has been so positive. We had some fantastic speakers including Maggie Philbin from Teen Tech, who really connected with some of our young aspiring talents during our Watify event. And we broadened our programme this year to add a new creative element which was really well received.

David Erasmus, speaking at the Enterprise Week "Social Enterprise Means Business" event held in the Social Enterprise Hub, the Diamond. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

David Erasmus, speaking at the Enterprise Week "Social Enterprise Means Business" event held in the Social Enterprise Hub, the Diamond. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

“With the North West’s first class digital infrastructure there was also a very strong digital focus in the programme, particularly on new technologies which can be implemented to boost businesses across all sectors, from the creative industries to social enterprise. I would like to thank everyone who supported the event throughout the week and all those who contributed to making Enterprise Week such a success.”

To find out more about the Business Opportunities Programme and how your business can engage in any forthcoming events, go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/businessopportunities