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LEO Student Enterprise Awards 2020The Waterford Student Enterprise Programme started in September with 1,000 students from 15 schools in Waterford City and County. They created their businesses, developed, branded, promoted and sold. But most importantly they learned what it felt like to run their own business.

Finally, 130 students representing 12 schools in Waterford county will compete in the Waterford Student Enterprise Final on Tuesday March 3rd at the Tower Hotel in Waterford City. 46 businesses in total, shortlisted from a total of 350 who commenced the competition in September will present their business plans and challenge for the top prize in the Waterford Student Enterprise Programme.

The winner will represent Waterford at the National Finals on May 1st in Croke Park taking on 34 other businesses, the best of the rest of the country.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. 27,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.

Finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews.  The judging panels take numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.

Praising the teachers and local schools involved in the programme, Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, said: “The Student Enterprise Programme encourages and enables students to take on the world of business and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set. By fostering an enterprising culture in the classroom, the Local Enterprise Offices are working with teachers and schools to help nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Further information about May’s National Finals is available through www.studententerprise.ie, which also has free resources and video tutorials for students and teachers for the programme. For more information, please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keith BarryWith a jam-packed programme of 21 events taking place throughout Waterford during Local Enterprise Week from March 2nd to 6th, Mind Magic your Business is guaranteed to be a big attraction for entrepreneurs and business owners.

On Wednesday March 4th, this evening event is presented by Waterford native and world-renowned mentalist and brain hacker, Keith Barry at WorkLAB in the IDA Industrial Park.  Keith will give invaluable insight into how participants can tap into their subconscious minds to break through barriers, disrupt unhealthy thought patterns, enhance leadership abilities and exceed expectations both in their business and professional lives.

Another key event taking place on March 4th is Future-Proof your Business for Success, a two-hour workshop focusing on supporting those who wish to make smart changes in their business.  Whether your business goal is to create employment, develop new markets, secure investment or to diversify and grow, Bofin Consultancy, will help your business navigate the maze of obstacles to achieving business success.

Success Leaves Clues is an engaging and interactive workshop that will reveal the “two tactics you can start using immediately to get more of the right stuff done in your business.”  Brendan Cullen will encourage participants to realise their full potential to get the important things accomplished and achieve immediate results. This free workshop takes place on Thursday, March 5th from 8am to 9.30am at the Tower Hotel.

Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford Richie Walsh said that this year’s programme is varied, engaging and interesting and should appeal to all businesses regardless of their scale or sector. “With a theme of “Making It Happen”, Local Enterprise Office Waterford is committed to helping local start-up or established businesses with apt business supports.”

“The programme for Local Enterprise Week 2020 really encapsulates the issues facing businesses and sets smart, achievable and measurable objectives to help them realise their full potential.”

Some of the other events taking place throughout Waterford City and County during Local Enterprise Week include; Building Waterford - the Award Winning Foodie Destination, the National Enterprise Awards; Student Enterprise Awards; Protecting your IP clinic; On-line selling for Craft Business workshop, Social Media Mash-Up, Delivering Value - a design thinking approach for solo entrepreneurs and general business advice clinics.

To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 2nd to 6th, or to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/

Most events are completely free of charge while some have a nominal booking fee of just €15. As with last year, many of the events are expected to book up quickly so early booking is strongly advised.

Failte Ireland Local Experts Programme

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Sign yourself and your team up to our SHARE WATERFORD Local Experts workshop and let us inspire you to make every visitor engagement a truly informative and positive experience. Help grow both your business and Waterford's tourism economy!

After a number of successful workshops this is another chance to take part for those who may have missed out! Our workshop will be fun, free, informative and interactive and will cover all of what Waterford has to offer.

Register yourself and your employees today by choosing from one of the following workshop events:

Local Experts Workshop
Venue: Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 09.30-12.00
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Local Experts Workshop
Venue: Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 14.30-17.00
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Project Music Michael Murphy Event

Michael Murphy is a broadcaster, psychoanalyst and author. With presenter Ciana Campbell, he has staged his show Stories Poetry and Dreams at venues all over Ireland, and in the United States where it was “recommended” by The New York Times.

Michael and Ciana will be performing poems from his latest book The Ministry of Dreams - Collected Poems published in November. Michael writes accessible and engaging poetry that speaks to our experience of modern life. He explores themes of identity, love, death, sexuality, politics, religion and language, in poems that move the heart with deep emotion and appeal to the intellect through their wisdom. Running throughout each poem is a proud affirmation of life and a steadfast belief in the transcendence and sacredness of love.

“Those of us fortunate to have heard Michael use his voice to perform his poems have understood clearly the full meaning of Lorca’s duende, and appreciate the bravura of duende’s artistic daring and grace when delivered by a master poet with an Irish accent.” Dr. Jeannine Woods, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway. 

This event will take place in The House of Waterford Crystal on Thursday the 20th February, doors open at 7.30pm with the show beginning at 8.00pm. It will be in two halves with a short break in the middle. Michael will present on his latest poetry book and the audience will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in this unique event. The price for entry is 15 EURO and tickets can be reserved by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., calling the Event Hotline on 087 9293553, or at the reception of The House of Waterford Crystal.

It is an evening not to be missed, come along and enjoy the company of one of Ireland’s most recognisable faces and voices. If you are in a book club, make it your event, if you like literature it is a must, bring along the family and enjoy a fun filled evening followed by a book signing with Michael. On completion all are invited to The Munster Bar for finger food and a chance to chat on the nights offerings. We hope to see you there, book early!

Science Careers Day WIT Arena 2019Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) welcomes employers to take up the last remaining spaces at the WIT Department of Science Careers Day taking place on Friday, 28 February, 9am to 1pm, at the WIT Arena.

At the event, final year students of the Land Sciences (Horticulture, Agriculture, Forestry, and Agricultural Science) and the Lab Sciences (Pharmaceutical Science, Physics, Molecular Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science, and Food Science) gather to meet employers in the region and as was the case in previous years, some students will be lucky enough to secure their first job after college from some of the exhibitors attending.

A list of employers who have already confirmed their attendance at the event can be found on the WIT website and include MSD Clonmel, West Pharma, and Source Biosciences from the lab science contingent, and Grassland Agro, Agri-Lloyd, Veon Ltd., and Iverk Produce from the Agri-Horticulture-Forestry sectors. Hartley People, Matrix Recruitment and Sigmar Recruitment are just three of numerous recruitment companies who have already booked their places. This year the Science Careers Day committee are pleased to welcome sponsorship from Uniplumo, MSD Ballydine, Irish Forestry Unit Trust, ENGAGE Education, Eurofins, and many more. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Employers who would like to exhibit at the Careers Day are invited to contact Dr. Tony Woodcock on 051-302623 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Much of the Careers Day will involve a networking event where employers will meet students to discuss career options. Each employer attending will receive a Careers Day Graduate Handbook containing information on approximately 300 students, including a short biography and contact details. These final year students will be available to take up full-time positions in June 2020 making it a timely event for employers to attend.

Arrivals to the WIT Arena for the WIT Department of Science Careers Day can hear the hubbub of negotiation, optimism and energy as soon as the front doors open. 

The number and diversity of land and laboratory science employers in the region is apparent; large companies with a global reach stand alongside local SMEs. All have at least one thing in common – they want to recruit highly skilled and knowledgeable WIT graduates.

In an economy at ‘full-employment’ and a forecast of continued growth, employers know that finding a qualified person for a role is growing increasingly difficult, so the opportunity to chat to company representatives in an informal setting is usually the gentle push a student needs to apply for a position.

Dr Kathleen Grennan, the WIT Pharmaceutical Programme Leader says “The WIT Department of Science Careers Day is a fantastic networking opportunity for our students, enabling them to directly engage with representatives from industry often for the first time. Both students and employers really enjoy these exchanges, and many valuable contacts are made.”

SeanieWWaterford Local Enterprise Office has announced a programme of 21 events during Local Enterprise Week 2020, taking place throughout Waterford City and County from March 2nd to March 6th.

Incorporating the theme of “Making It Happen”, this year Local Enterprise Week will feature a host of informative and engaging workshops, seminars, presentations and advice clinics aimed at local businesses, whether in pre-start, start-up or as an established business looking to grow.

A key event kicking off the jam-packed programme is “Delivering Value: A design thinking approach for solo entrepreneurs” at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan on Monday, March 2nd. Ideal for those going it alone, the workshop will reveal how to deliver value to customers using a design thinking approach.

On March 4th “Mind Magic Your Business” is a not-to-be-missed presentation by world-renowned brain hacker and hypnotist, Keith Barry. The Waterford man’s presentation will provide unparalleled insight into enhancing leadership abilities and breaking through barriers to reach your business goals.

Seanie Walsh is a dynamic young social media disruptor. Following his highly successful “The E-Commerce Maze” workshop at last year’s LEW, he is back on March 6th with a Social Media Mash-Up. Curated by Paul Dower of Waterford in your Pocket, Seanie will explore the real state of the social media marketing industry in Ireland, examining the power this new breed of marketing now holds and how to use social media to start, fund and grow your business.

Having been chosen as the winner of the Foodie Destinations in 2019, “Building Waterford, the Award-Winning Foodie Destination” is a collaboration between Food, the Waterford Way and the EnterpRISING Food Waterford series. This networking event on March 3rd will underpin how to continue to build and protect the integrity and status of our region’s foodie status.

Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford Richie Walsh said, “This year’s Local Enterprise Week programme has something for everyone, whatever phase your business is in, or whatever sector your business is in. The range of events and the calibre of speakers and facilitators are such that the topical business issues affecting us today and, in the future, will be addressed with practical insight into achieving your business goals.”

“Waterford Local Enterprise Office is delighted to work in conjunction with various key business support organisations and state agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Chamber of Commerce and RIKON to provide a programme that ultimately gives start-ups and small businesses opportunities, advice and resources to unleash their potential and help them on the path to growth.”

Other events taking place throughout Local Enterprise Week include Future-proof your business for Success workshop; the National Enterprise Awards; Student Enterprise Awards; Protecting your IP clinic; On-line selling for Craft Business workshop and general business advice clinics.

To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 2nd to 6th, or to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/

Most events are completely free of charge while some have a nominal booking fee of just €15. As with last year, many of the events are expected to book up quickly so early booking is strongly advised.

Waterford Hockey Club Ball

Waterford Hockey Club is organising a formal ball and charity auction on Friday, 17th April at Dooleys Hotel.

The ball is primarily a social occasion when WHC members (over 18), parents and friends can sign off on the season with a good night out. However, it is also an opportunity to give back to the community and make our club more accessible and more relatable. So for that reason, we are going to host a fundraising auction and split proceeds with The Solas Centre (www.solascentre.ie ). Most of us have been touched or know someone who has been touched by cancer.

Tickets are on sale from Dooley’s hotel or from 11 to 12 every Sunday morning during Academy hockey in Newtown school.

Visit Waterford Holiday World 2020Visit Waterford participated in the Holiday World Show in Dublin. The event took place from January 24th to 26th and Visit Waterford was one of the many exhibitors at the show, proudly representing Waterford and promoting local businesses. The stand provided a platform to showcase our attractions, accommodation and food & beverage experiences across the city & county.

The stand had a range of experiential activities including an interactive experience with Waterford Crystal Master Craftsman Jimmy Kelly who was demonstrating the technique of cutting crystal to all curious visitors. Lismore Heritage Centre provided an exclusive look into the Lismore Castle chambers with their special VR headset and interactive 3-minute video which received lots of attention. The stand came alive with some beautiful seasonal plants from Mount Congreve. Visitors tasted delicious types of cheese from Knockanore Irish Farmhouse Cheese and sampled the renowned Waterford Blaa. Dan from Blackwater Gin provided a tantalising gin tasting experience and Ellie from the Cliff House Hotel showcased the beauty products used to pamper guests during their luxurious spa treatments.

All the participants showcased their properties and attractions, and many hotels joined in with great offers and prizes that could be won. Members were happy to answer any questions visitors had, promoting everything from the spectacular Greenway to the Adventure Centre in Dunmore. Many local businesses, including the Tower Hotel, Faithlegg Hotel, Granville Hotel, Food the Waterford Way, Cliff House Hotel, Mount Congreve, Lismore Heritage Centre, Waterford Council Tourism Team, Dungarvan Tourist Office, Greenway Waterford Bike Hire, Suir Valley Railway, Visit Waterford, House of Waterford Crystal & Blackwater Distillery joined the event. All visitors had a chance of participating in competitions and winning some amazing prizes.

The event was considered a great success and brought a great number of interested people expressing their desire to visit our city & county, while exploring Irelands Ancient East. Find more information about stunning locations and exciting adventures around Waterford – Where Ireland Begins.


  • Katarina Kaluđer Visit Waterford Sales & Marketing Executive, (085) 1447054
  • David McCoy Visit Waterford Chair, (087) 6484626
  • Clare Barrett Visit Waterford Secretary, (086) 3708296
  • Tina Darrer Visit Waterford Director, (086) 8226162

GreenForMicro1BUSINESSES across Waterford city and county who want to save money, cut harmful emissions and transition to a low carbon economy now have a unique opportunity to learn for free from fellow enterprises and energy experts in their bid to go green.

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Waterford has teamed up with energy engineers at the 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) for an informative, easy-to-understand ‘Going Green for Business’ breakfast briefing at Waterford’s Tower Hotel on Tuesday, February 11, from 8am to 9.30am. Details of all the expert and financial help available will also be shared at the free, no-obligation event.

Attending enterprises of all shapes and sizes will hear from fellow businesses have made the energy transition and are now making massive savings. 

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Waterford Head of Enterprise, Richie Walsh, said: “We urge businesses to attend, to hear directly from enterprises who have already made progress. Low carbon translates into savings in water, energy, waste, procurement and transport management. 

“Sustainable competitive advantage is the key to business success. It is the force that enables a business to have greater focus, more sales, better profit margins and higher customer and staff retention than competitors,” he added 

Hands-on tips, expertise and more will be shared by 3cea Energy Engineer, Jane Wickham, and the energy team. “We will show businesses how little changes in key areas can make a massive difference. We will help businesses make more informed, environmentally-friendly choices and will take them through the expert help and the grants and other financial incentives available,” she added.

Going Green for Business is phase one of a wider, Enterprise Ireland-funded and South East-wide Green for Micro initiative. It is one of three projects grant-aided to the tune of €345,000 by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. It is led by Kilkenny and Carlow Local Enterprise Offices in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Offices from Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The other projects include Initium South East and Incrementum South East.  The Initium South East project is an innovative series of start-up programmes led by the South East Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, and the Ireland South East Office in partnership with South East BIC and IT Carlow. It aims to animate, develop and support the creation of 40 new specialised Start Up companies in the South East. 

The Incrementum South East project is a targeted business development programme for the Local Enterprise Office Portfolio of clients over 10 employees which aims to increase their engagement in R&D and Export Activity.


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