Schedule of Events for Mayo Ideas Week 2020

Monday 21st September 2020

Access2Sea: New Opportunities for Seafood Producers

Time:           11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Access2Sea is an INTERREG Atlantic Area European Project on Aquaculture and looking at new, sustainable ways to improve access to the Atlantic Shore for aquaculture SMEs. This event will be chaired by Marcus Ó Conaire, Údarás na Gaeltachta.  Speakers will include:

  • Aquaculture as tourism, a Breton perspective by Aurore Coppens, Investir en Finistère, Brest, Brittany and Pierre Roudaut, Technopole de Quimper-Cornouaille, Brittany
  • A PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE: Mechanisms for getting through the crisis-induced market collapse, and what’s out there for farmers and fishers? By Michael Mulloy Irish Farmers’ Association Chairman for Aquaculture and Blackshell Farm Ltd
  • Planning for Growth at a Local Level: a Mayo planning perspective by Michael O'Boyle, Head of Marine Development, Mayo County Council
  • AquaVitae and InEVal projects: New Value Chains in Aquaculture  by Dr Colin Hannon, Research Fellow at the Marine & Freshwater Research Centre, GMIT, Galway
  • An overview of the Finfish Industry by Catherine McManus, Mowi Seafoods Ireland

Event brochure available on this LINK
Information on Access2Sea available at  Access2Sea

Hosts:          Access2Sea EU Project, Údarás na Gaeltachta & WestBIC

Register:     Register online on this LINK

Innovative Digital Marketing on a Budget for the Tourism Sector

Time:           2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Webinar targeting businesses in the tourism sector and featuring case studies and examples of innovative digital marketing , and hints and tips for businesses to help with their marketing activity.

Speakers include:

This webinar is being organised as part of the Digi2Market EU INTERREG Project Digi2Market Digi2Market is funded by the Northern Periphery & Artic Programme

Hosts:          Digi2Market EU Project, Údarás na Gaeltachta & WestBIC

Register:     Registration online on this LINK

Start Your Own Business

Time:           Run over three sessions during Mayo Ideas Week - see below

Location:     Virtual Workshop for individuals living in the Castlebar & Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District areas or Mayo Islands

Event Details:

South West Mayo Development Company CLG in association with Mayo Abbey Training Centre is offering a free Online Start Your Own Business Course. 

This SYOB course is for YOU if you are thinking about self-employment as a career option and want to find out more about how to set up a business in Ireland. It will also go through supports that are available (subject to meeting eligibility criteria) such as the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme and the Short Term Back To Work Enterprise Scheme etc.

This course will run over three sessions via Zoom

  • Wednesday 23rd (10am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 23rd (2pm - 4pm) and
  • Friday 25th (10am - 12pm) 

Hosts:          South West Mayo Development Company CLG & Mayo Abbey Training Centre

Register:     Register with: Nicola McGuinness training@mayoabbey.ie or telephone (087) 4479120

Start Your Own Business

Time:          Run over three sessions during Mayo Ideas Week - see below

Location:     Virtual Workshop for individuals living in the Westport/Belmullet & Ballina Municipal District areas of County Mayo

Event Details:

This start your own business course is designed for individuals who want to obtain the skills and knowledge to assess the marketing and financial viability of their business idea/project and to progress to set up once viability has been established.

Delivered by Evelyn Cormican on behalf of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, this course will run over three afternoons during Mayo Ideas Week 2020

  • Monday 21st (2pm - 3pm)
  • Wednesday 23rd (2pm - 4pm) and
  • Friday 25th (2pm - 3pm)

Hosts:          Mayo North East LEADER Partnership

Register:     Register with:  rinagarrett@mayonortheast.com   or telephone (087) 184 0214

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

New Opportunities for SMEs in Sustainable Energy

Time:           2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

A webinar featuring information on new opportunities for SMEs in the Sustainable Energy Sector.  Speakers will include representatives from the SME Power EU Project Irish Stakeholders Group.  SME Power is new INTERREG Europe Project working to ensure that public policy for the low carbon economy is better adapted to the needs of non-energy intensive SMEs, thus enabling them to be a key driver in the low carbon shift at European level.  SME Power

Hosts:          SME Power EU Project & WestBIC

Register:     Register online on this LINK

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How to Communicate Virtually with Impact - The WOW Factor 

Time:           7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Have you been finding it difficult to communicate efficiently during virtual meetings?  Would you like to deliver your presentation, report, or point of view with more confidence?  Do you want your message to make an impact?  Do you wish you had the WOW Factor to grab the attention of your audience?

During this webinar you will learn important skills and practical techniques for:

  • Crucial conversations
    • Nailing a presentation
    • Career development
    • Personal brand & impact
    • Executive presence
    • Effective communications – verbal and non verbal

This workshop will be delivered by Ger Lally from Lally and Associates. Ger is a Communications & Media expert with over 30 years experience working across the globe with bluechip clients in manufacturing, legal, professional services, medtech, technology, and education.  


Hosts:          JCI Mayo (Junior Chamber International Mayo)

Register:     Register online on this LINK

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Navigating Covid-19 Funding & Supports for the Tourism Industry

Time:           10.00 am - 11.30 am

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

A whistle stop tour of all the key funding and supports for the tourism industry in response to Covid-19.  It’s a crowded space and can be hard to navigate. We will introduce delegates to the following supports and cover who is eligible for each, what they are for, what the amounts available are, how to apply and by when.

  • Covid-19 Safety Charter
  • Adaptation Fund
  • Enterprise Support grant for sole traders
  • B&B restart grant up-date
  • Coach Tourism Fund up-date
  • Restart Grant / Plus
  • Online Trading Voucher
  • LEO training & mentoring
  • LEAN for micro-businesses

Hosts:          Fáilte Ireland & Local Enterprise Office, Mayo

Register:     Register by email:  fionnan.nestor@failteireland.ie 

Masterclass for Female Entrepreneurs: Dealing with Difficult People

Time:           2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

In this masterclass female entrepreneurs will gain tools and techniques to:

  • understand how to handle difficult people
  • manage difficult situations
  • understand what classifies as negotiations
  • work through some skills to achieve effective negotiations
  • look at some pitfalls where negotiations fail, and how to avoid them.

This event is delivered by Tom Murray of Mediation Practice. Tom has been an SME owner for 20 years, with several years experience as a national advocate and negotiator.  He is an experienced mediator, with over 10 years of experience specialising in B2B and workplace mediation. 

The event is part of activities of WestBIC under the W-Power European Project, co-funded by the European Commission and the Interreg NPA Programme.

Hosts:      W Power EU Project & WestBIC

Register:   Register online on this LINK

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eCommerce Traffic & Sales

Time:           7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Have you recently designed and launched an e-commerce website for your business and are now thinking 'What now?!' or perhaps your have always had a presence online, but never really 'got it'.  If this sounds like you... then be sure to sign up for our 2 hour e-commerce discussion.

Learn The 6 Pillars of E-commerce and how to use social media and email marketing to drive traffic and sales.

Speakers for this E-commerce event include:

  • Shona Connolly, current chairperson for Digital Marketing Mayo
  • Niall Bodkin, Founder and Managing Director of the eCommerce Association of Ireland. Niall has 25 years plus experience in Distribution, Retail and eCommerce and he will discuss the ECAI 6 Pillars of e-commerce which cover experience, innovation, environment, payments, logistics and marketing.
  • Muriel Foley, Founder and Managing Director of MGFD an d specialising in Digital strategy, Social E-Commerce, Digital Training & Campaign Planning. Muriel will cover Social Media E-Commerce and outline the best practices for utilizing Facebook and Instagram to maximize sales  including Shopping updates, Collections units and how to customize your product offering on your social platforms.
  • Karl Murray will be discussing how to optimize your email marketing efforts in order to generate traffic to your website and sales for your business.

The event is free but spaces are limited.

Hosts:          Digital Marketing Mayo

Register:     Register on this LINK

Thursday 24th September 2020

Export Navigator

Time:           10.00 am - 11.30 am

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Are you interested in growing your business through exporting but are not sure what might be involved?  Enterprise Ireland invites you to a webinar to help your company to:

  • Understand the key points of exporting
  • What are you exporting / Who are you exporting to / How will you get there / How will you sell
  • Evaluate your products/services and their value to overseas customers -
    Assess the opportunities, costs, the risks, and the rewards

This webinar will encourage your company to look at growing its business through international markets..  

This event is being facilitated by Futurecurve

Hosts:          Enterprise Ireland

Register:     Register online on this LINK

R&D Tax Credits, Tax Efficiency & EU Funding Opportunities for Small Business

Time:           10.00 am - 11.30 am

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

If you are a small business engaged in R&D and would like to learn how to optimise your taxes, or if you would like to find out what European funding opportunities are available to support your R&D activities, then this event is for you.  During the workshop we will also discuss some opportunities to collaborate with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, and the availability of financial instruments to do this.  We will also talk about R&D tax credits, how to be tax efficient while undertaking R&D, and about EU funding opportunities.  

Hosts:          iHub at GMIT Mayo Campus & WestBIC

Register:     Register online on this LINK

 

Customs Formalities and Trade with Third Countries

Time:           1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

This three-hour online workshop has been designed to give participants a broad overview of relevant trade and customs procedures to ensure compliance with international export and import requirements.  The workshop is suitable for people with no prior knowledge in trade and customs procedures, as well as those who are looking to update their knowledge, especially in the context of the UK leaving the European Union.  

This event is being delivered by KGH Global Consulting on behalf of Local Enterprise Office, Mayo  KGH Customs

Hosts:          Local Enterprise Office, Mayo

Register:     Register online on this LINK

Sourcing Angel Investment for your Business

Time:           5.00 pm - 6.45 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

This online event comprises a short presentation on HBAN (Halo Business Angels Network) and features insights from Stephen Stilliard and John Mullen of the WxNW HBAN Investment Syndicate. A previous investment recipient will also share their experiences and there will be two short company pitches. The aim is to attract potential new private investors in the region as well as potential exciting new investment opportunities, and provides an introduction to angel / private investing. As well as talking about their experiences of angel investing, both as investors and investees, participants will explain the benefits of syndicate investment groups and how to leverage networks effectively.

The format for the event is as follows:

  • Overview of HBAN – Ultan Faherty
  • The investor perspective (the good the bad and the rest) – Stephen Stilliard and John Mullen, HBAN WxNW Syndicate Group
  • ‘An Investee's Perspective on the Investment Process’
  • Investment Pitches from two companies
  • Conclusion

Hosts:          WxNW Investment Syndicate, Halo Business Angels Network & WestBIC

Register:     Register online on this LINK

Friday 25th September 2020

Innovate or Die: Opportunity in Crisis for Tourism Businesses

Time:           11.30 am - 1.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

More Socially Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Tourism = More Customers. Why now is the time to reinvent your offering & target growth.  

With the help of real-life examples of how business that embraced accessibility, social inclusivity and sustainability can thrive, this event illustrates opportunities that exist, despite the current challenges, to employ innovation and technology to develop the service offering in an enhanced way, which attracts more customers and builds a wider base for revenue.

  • Introduction by Helena Deane, CAST EU project
  • Accessibility increases Revenue: challenges and opportunities - Case Study Mobility Mojo - Noelle Daly, CEO & Co-founder Mobility Mojo
  • Independent Travel and Visitor Experiences: what industry can learn - Talita Holzer, CEO & Co-founder WaytoB
  • A greener business is more competitive: from small wins to big results - Raquel Noboa, CEO & Co-founder, Fifty Shades Greener
  • Social inclusivity in tourism: untapped people potential - Ultan Faherty, Inside-T

Hosts:          CAST EU Project, Inside-T EU Project & WestBIC

Register:     Register online at this LINK

The Way Forward for Mayo Food & Drink 2020-2025

Time:           12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

Join us as we launch the new Mayo Food & Drink Strategy 2020 -2025. The Strategy lays out a new road map for development of these two important sectors, providing clear direction and identifying opportunities for growth, underpinned by innovation and sustainable actions.  During this interactive event, the main priorities and key deliverables will be discussed followed by a Q&A session.

Hosts:          Local Enterprise Office, Mayo & South West Mayo Development Company

Register:     Register online on this LINK

Virtual Reality Presentation – An Artists Space to Create

Time:           2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location:     The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (Blended Event with Live Audience and Livestreaming)

Event Details:

An introductory presentation for creative practitioners by multi-disciplinary designer,  Orla Casey, on virtual reality and the capacity of this very powerful medium Orla Casey

This project is strategically funded by Mayo County Council's Arts Service in partnership with the Arts Council and funding from The Creative Ireland Programme as part of the July Stimulus Package

Hosts:          Mayo Arts Service

Register:     Register at:  mayoarts@mayococo.ie  or telephone (094) 906 4666

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Using Technology to Strengthen Product Provenance in the Food Sector

Time:           2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location:     Virtual Event

Event Details:

This event is aimed at businesses in the food sector and features case studies and examples of innovative digital technologies that help companies engage with their customers and build on the story of their business, its origin and the environment where it was created.

Speakers will include:

Hosts:          Digi2Market EU Project, Údarás na Gaeltachta & WestBIC

Register:     Register online on this LINK

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