Planning is well underway for the biggest event in Derry’s business calendar, Enterprise Week 2015, which was launched by the Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson, in the city’s Social Enterprise Hub.
The event is organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities Team, with support from Invest Northern Ireland through the European Regional Development Fund, and now in its third year, the programme has been expanding to meet the needs of even more local businesses.
The five day agenda, which runs from February 23-27, features workshops, seminars, networking events and one to one mentoring opportunities with some of the most influential figures in the business industry, with top professionals from a broad spectrum of high performance companies among the keynote speakers.
Launching the programme Councillor Stevenson said: 'I am delighted to announce the launch of the third Enterprise Week event, and to see it building on the success of the past two years to include even more support events for local businesses.
'There is a strong digital emphasis in this year’s programme reinforcing the message that Derry as a city is second to none when it comes to digital technology, providing the skills, infrastructure and support needed to establish, sustain and grow any business.
'This year during Enterprise Week the programme also embraces Derry’s thriving creative community, again a key area of development for the city and the North West region. I would like to encourage all local enterprises to avail of this fantastic opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the best people in the business.'
Business Opportunities manager with Derry City Council, Louise Breslin said: 'This year’s programme has definitely extended its reach and we have used feedback from our past two events to put together an even more comprehensive range of events across a wide range of industries.
'We’ve already had so much interest in this year’s event, and a really positive response to the programme line-up from our clients.'
Speaking on behalf of Invest NI, North West Regional Manager Des Gartland said: 'We are delighted to take an active role in supporting what has become an extremely important event in the business calendar providing local companies with the ideal forum to both network and access crucial information to benefit their business.
'I’m delighted to the see the expansion of the programme this year, which has even more to offer now in terms of its appeal and value to a diverse range of industries.'
The calibre of keynote speakers is again extremely high and will feature influential figures including Social Entrepreneur David Erasmus, top chef and restaurateur Neven Maguire, Kara Academy founder Alan O’Neill, Fashion Industry expert Shalina Alabaksh and Digital expert Shaa Wasmund.
Still riding on the crest of a wave since being awarded the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship, Derry Clipper captain Sean McCarter will recount some of his experiences at the helm in 2014, with a fascinating insight into how companies can benefit from the leadership practices developed in the most extreme conditions.
These are just a few highlights in a packed programme of events spanning five days from February 23-27, focusing on Investment Opportunities, Tourism, Craft, Growing the Digital Economy and a whole host of new and exciting business innovations and strategies.
Anyone interested in taking part in the event must register in advance. To find out how your business can take part, more information on the programme and to register for individual workshops go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/