Schedule of Events for Mayo Ideas Week 2022

Monday 3rd October 2022

Sustainability, Where Do We Even Start?

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Location: Ballina Library, Pearse St, Abbeyhalfquarter, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 R299

Event Organisers: Local Enterprise Office Mayo, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, ATU Sligo, MSL ETB

Event Details:

This is an information seminar for businesses and employers that considers some of the challenges and opportunities around sustainability. It will consider how to reduce energy costs as well as looking at important Green Skills that can help businesses to drive sustainability in the workplace. The event will also look at why sustainability really matters to your customers and outlines some of the supports that are available to help local businesses. Participants will also hear about the FET Green Strategy 2021 – 2030 and the Micro Credentials for Green and sustainability available free of charge to all employers and their employees.

Presented by: Mel Gavin, ATU Sligo; Sean Burke, MSLETB; Basil Love MSLETB.

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Engaging with the Circular Economy

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: Western Development Commission

Event Details:

Find out how to engage with, and benefit from, Circular Economy initiatives in the West region

An event dedicated to further demystifying Circular Economy and surrounding initiatives in the West region, highlighting opportunities and benefits for SMEs and stakeholders to engage.

Speakers are: Sinéad Mitchell - Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Engineering (Sustainability and Strategy) at University of Galway; Helena Deane - West Regional Enterprise Plan Programme Manager at Western Development Commission.

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Tuesday 4th October 2022

Employer Breakfast Briefing

Time: 7:30-9:00am

Location: Breaffy House Hotel

Event Organisers: MSLETB in collaboration with Castlebar Chamber of Commerce.

Event Details:

Open Invitation to Businesses and Employers in Mayo and surrounding Counties to explore supports and options available for their business.

  1. Apprenticeships – “Employers get involved” Many Small, Medium and Large Organisations are reaping the benefits of the apprenticeship process – Learning “On-The-Job” provides “Action Learning” in a live working environment with the employer. This learning is underpinned by a structured academic programme. Training is provided free of charge. Mentors must be nominated by employers – mentors are supported throughout the programme and add another “learning mindset” dimension to organisations. Retention has been cited as a significant ROI. (30 minute presentation followed by Q&A)
  2. Skills – “Develop Within” Employers contribution to the National Training Fund – Training for your employees – training delivered in a flexible way at mutually agreed times. Training can be provided in the workplace. Free of Charge or heavily subsidised. Recruitment and retention in Irelands tightening labour market is an issue across all sectors.  Local employee shortages and employees’ new outlook on work-life balance have added complexity to an already competitive labour market. Upskilling and reskilling your existing workforce - improve retention and could help to fill some of those difficult to fill vacancies. (30 minute presentation followed by Q&A)

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Is Exporting for You?...Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Location: Digispace, Claremorris

Event Organisers: Local Enterprise Office Mayo

Event Details:

Presentation from Simon Devlin of Full Circle www.fullcircleeu.com on how to determine whether exporting is right for your business. He will present the barriers, challenges and the opportunities that need to be considered and will help interested businesses to practically plot a path to greater sales. The event will also see the launch of a Sales and Export Accelerator Programme that the LEOs in Mayo, Galway & Roscommon will offer to qualifying clients. This programme will take an intensive and practical approach to helping participating companies to find new customers.

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Attracting Overseas Visitors to your Food, Hospitality, Tourism Business

Time: 10-11.30am

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organisers: South West Mayo Development Company

Event Details:

Generating international sales is challenging but potentially rewarding. This webinar will outline some of the information to consider around the target markets, what overseas visitors are interested in and highlight global distribution channels that are key to success.

This session will be delivered by Suzanne O’Brien, Shore Tourism, who has worked in tourism for over 20 years. She has a wealth of experience having worked with tourism businesses & tourism destinations and brings all of this experience to this interactive session.

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Minecraft in Education

Time: 7-8pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: Mayo Education Centre

Event Details:

Discover how Minecraft Education Edition can enhance the teaching and learning experiences for children in the area of STEM, see a case study from a Mayo School who embraced the technology to great effect and learn some practical tips and strategies for how to go about integrating Minecraft in Education in your classroom or home. For parents, teachers and the wider community.

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How to Plan Social Media

Time: 8-9pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: South West Mayo Development Company

Event Details:

Webinar for Mayo Ideas Week – How to plan your Social Media activity to maximise your Christmas Sales. Presented by Louise McDonnell.

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Wednesday 5th October 2022

Grow Talent West

Time: 9-10.30am

Location: Breaffy House Hotel, Demesne Road, Castlebar

Event Organiser: Regional Skills West

Event Details:

A themed event around skills provision for employers in the west. Discover the funding opportunities for companies to develop talent covering:

  • Micro-credentials (UoG)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (UoG/ATU)
  • ie(ATU)
  • Strengths finding (ATU)
  • Skills for Your People (MSLETB)
  • Accessing Skillnet Funded Training (itag/GES/GnM Skillnet)

A co-operation between:

Regional Skills West, Atlantic Technological University, University of Galway, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, itag Skillnet, Galway Executive Skillnet, Gréasan na Meán Skillnet’

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Health & Safety Culture

Time: 11am-12.30pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: South West Mayo Development Company

Event Details:

Webinar for Mayo Ideas Week – How to embed a Health & Safety Culture – What are Safety Statements?

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Agile Innovation Supports

Time: 12noon-2pm

Location: Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo, F23 R253

Event Organiser: Enterprise Ireland

Event Details:

Enterprise Ireland’s Agile Innovation Fund is a great fit for companies that need to rapidly develop solutions or are planning a first new product, process or service development project. With fast track approval and a streamlined online application form it allows companies to access up to 50% in support of innovation projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.
Light lunch included.

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Thursday 6th October 2022

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills

Time: 10am-1pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: SWMDC

Event Details:

This module offers a carefully constructed, learning experience that will contribute to a mind-set change and equip learners with the leadership skills to drive innovation and continuous improvement within their business.

This module will enable participants to explore different leadership styles, to look at modern leadership.

Participants will learn about self–leadership will reflect on their own strengths, weaknesses, values and principles giving them the opportunity to build on their preferred leadership style.

Business owners and managers will be supported through 1to1 training over the next 4 weeks to think of ways their companies can improve their Leadership skills.

Part of the Reboot Network.

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Online Promotion Reality Versus Hype - Learnings From A Mayo Food Business

Time: 10-11am

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: SWMDC

Event Details:

Founder of two small businesses in Co Mayo – Aisling Roche Flanagan will present “ Digital Promotion - Reality Versus Hype” How to evaluate the variety of online marketing channels available to your business”

Hear recommendations and experiences from a food business, a service business and a digital marketing expert based in Co Mayo.

In this hour long webinar over Zoom, Aisling will discuss the online marketing options available to small businesses and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

This will be of relevance to businesses who have no online presence as well as those who sell online and aims to help Mayo based businesses make informed decisions on where to spend their time and money.

Aisling will discuss the various options available and if and when they may or may not be suitable for business promotion. Using current live examples and analytics from her own experiences, she will outline the difference between, blogging, organic social media, paid social media, search engine optimisation, email marketing, web sites, pay per click advertising and how search engines work.

This will be an interactive session and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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Video Creation Masterclass

Time: 11am-12.30pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: Údarás na Gaeltachta

Event Details: How to quickly create videos  that generate sales and attract your ideal clients. In conjunction with  The Video Marketing Academy and CB Media Digital Marketing.

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TechAlive West

Time: 12noon-1pm

Location: Online Webinar

Event Organiser: Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB

Event Details: Webinar tied into other digital events – Cyber Security – “your first line of defence are your people” also information about MSLETB Tech Apprenticeships Cyber Security, Network Engineering and Software Development + Information re the MSLETB Microsoft Cloud Computing Programme, Diploma in Software Development and Diploma in Data Analytics.

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The How and Why of Building a Digital First Community

Time: 2-4pm

Location: The Linenhall, Castlebar

Event Organiser: Údarás na Gaeltachta

Event Details:

This event will focus on managers of Digital Hubs (Gteic in Acaill, An Corran Buí, Béal an Mhuirthead, Eachléim and Gaoth Sáile, Swinford, Westport, Clare Island, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Ballina, Knockmore, Castlebar, Crossmolina and the workshop will explore how Digital Hubs can be a catalyst for Local Digital Communities.

 

Topics will include:

  • What does digitalisation of localities look like in the 21st century.
  • How to maximise the occupancy of your hub.
  • How to do more with less in your hub through using digital tools and automation.

Reframing the concept of a hub - from desks to being a locality’s focal point - How your hub can be at the heart of the vibrancy of your locality.

In conjunction with Digital HQ Eoin Costello.

Email orla@udaras.ie to register.

Digital First Communities in 2025 – Emerging Trends

Time: 7-9pm

Location: ATU Castlebar

Event Organiser: Údarás na Gaeltachta

Event Details:

In conjunction with Digital HQ Eoin Costello

This event will encourage Communities and SMEs to leverage the benefits of digitalisation, both individually and collectively. The target audience will include groups involved in Community Development, Tourism, Farming, Social Services etc.

Topics will include:

  • What does digitalisation of localities look like in the 21st century.
  • How to do more with less in your hub through using digital tools and automation.
  • Together we are stronger - how to leverage digitalisation to work collaboratively in the region.

Includes a showcase of emerging digitalisation SMEs in Mayo

Email orla@udaras.ie to register.

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Into the Future - Ideas to Get Children Coding!

Time: 7-8pm

Location: Mayo Education Centre, Westport Rd, Knockaphunta, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 HX48

Event Organiser: Mayo Education Centre

Event Details:

In a world where technology is moving at a fast pace and with the European Commission estimating that 90pc of tomorrow's jobs will require digital skills, let’s help shape the future and get our children coding! In the classroom or at home, discover how various resources and online tools can enhance the teaching and learning experiences for children in the area of coding. See a case study from a Mayo School who embraced the technology to great effect and learn some practical tips and strategies for how to introduce children to coding, to include parents, teachers and the wider community. CPD event.

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Friday 7th October 2022

Meet Mayo

Time: 9am-1pm

Location: Ballinrobe Racecourse

Event Organiser: Local Enterprise Office Mayo

Event Details:

Did you know… there are almost 5,000 businesses in Mayo and every month dozens of new ones start up? If you’ve ever wondered how to easily reach new customers or potential suppliers around the county then MeetMayo is for you. New opportunities are waiting and the event is absolutely free of charge.

As part of Mayo Ideas Week 2022, the Local Enterprise Office is organising a county-wide networking and business promotion event for all businesses in Mayo. The simple objective of the day is to give as many businesses as possible the chance to let other businesses in the county know that you exist and what you do. MeetMayo is a exceptional opportunity for Mayo businesses to meet each other in an informal setting. Our hope is that businesses will seize the opportunity to engage in this unique B2B networking event.

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Meet Mayo will feature a wide selection of the enterprise and business support agencies operating in Co. Mayo.

Several consultants will also be on hand for in-person meetings. These include Breda Colgan who will cover Minimising Risks and Optimising Health and Safety. Breda will give 1:1 consultations. This will enable attendees to refresh their business health and safety approach built on risk.

Louise McDonnell will focus on Maximising Sales Using Social Media. She will discuss specific situations with individual businesses.

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Bio Mhaigh Eo Food Expo 2 - Castlebar - 2011

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