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04/09/19 Demand already high for September’s Start Your Own Business programme

Start your own business


If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure where to start, then need to be part of one of the Start Your Own Business programmes being hosted in September by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.


The programmes are aimed at people thinking of starting their own business or in the early stages of start-up who can demonstrate that they have a well- researched business idea that they are capable of commercialising.


Previous participants have been full of praise for the help they have received from the course.


“After doing the kick starter course and then the Start Your Own Business Course it was hugely beneficial in that it really gave you a good grounding of what would be expected in the commercial sphere working for yourself.


The one to one mentoring was invaluable. You need to have that access to somebody who can elevate your thinking a little bit,” Eamonn McFadden from Glass Mountain Digital media said.


Nicola Laughlin from Act One Drama School said the programme really highlighted the work that needed to be done to get a business off the ground.


“There is no winging it or luck, you have to work hard to make a business succeed and have a plan to work to. The Start your own Business course really made the plan very clear. I would 100% recommend it and I already have.”


Fiona Murphy from Citadel Gymnastics was also fulsome in her praise for the course.


“There was an awful lot of contact with people who have great areas of expertise, down as far as financials and the legalities of what’s needed and not needed. You had a soundboard of people to talk to. Try to figure out what was wise to move forward with and what wasn’t.”


The programme involves four one-day sessions with the support of up to 4 hours mentoring and will run on Wednesday 11th September, 18th September, 2nd October & 9th October 2019.


A Saturday option is also available with that programme starting on Saturday 21st September and continuing on 28th September, 12th October & 19th October 2019.


Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney urged anyone thinking of starting a business to enrol in one of the programmes before all places were taken.


“We know from the past what an important role this programme plays in giving a solid foundation to start-up businesses. On successful completion of the programme participants should have a sound knowledge of the rudiments of business start-up, have developed a mini start-up business plan and be in a position to go about their start-up in an effective way. I really would urge anyone thinking of starting a business to make the most of the opportunity.”


That is a sentiment echoed by previous participants.


“For anyone considering starting your own business I’d say that there is a very basic platform you need to push on from. You’d have to troll for a lot of that information online or other academic courses, but this is a nice concise course that really does set a good foundation to help you understand the basics and move on from there,” Eamonn McFadden added.


Anyone interested in booking a place on the course should book online as soon as possible on - places are limited so early booking is advised.


Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to or phone 0749160735.

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