Pictured (L-R): Shoba Thyarala, entrepreneur and founder of Curry and Spice in Galway; Breda Fox, Local Enterprise Offices; Sarita Johnston, Managing Female Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland; and Dr Joanne Reilly, entrepreneur and founder, Kinvara Skincare
Organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices, National Women’s Enterprise Day is being celebrated today with a conference taking place at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill to help bridge the gender divide in Ireland.
Incoming budgetary measures aimed at small businesses mean that there has never been a better time for aspiring female entrepreneurs to start a business, say the organisers behind National Women’s Enterprise Day today.
Speaking about the recent budget, Kieran Comerford, chair, Local Enterprise Offices, said: “The introduction of supports for small businesses, such as the income tax credit of €550 for the self-employed, as well as the extension of tax relief to 2018 for start-up companies, is good news for any aspiring female entrepreneurs.
“Through highlighting the success stories of Irish female entrepreneurs on National Women’s Enterprise Day, we want to encourage even more women to consider starting up their own businesses. Thanks to the introduction of new measures for small businesses in the recent budget, there has never been a better time to start,” added Comerford.
Facilitated by Síle Seoige, guest speakers include Oonagh O’Hagan of Meagher’s Pharmacy, Rosie Mansfield of GoCambio, Triona MacGiolla Rí from Aro Digital Strategy, Ellen Kavanangh of Waxperts and Ruth Monahan from Appassionata Flowers.