Social entrepreneur recruitment gets underway

Around 3,400 people, aged between 50 and 64, started their own business in Ireland last year* but that figure could dramatically increase in 2012 if more people in that age group from Kilkenny and around the country were encouraged to seek assistance for their business ideas.

Around 3,400 people, aged between 50 and 64, started their own business in Ireland last year* but that figure could dramatically increase in 2012 if more people in that age group from Kilkenny and around the country were encouraged to seek assistance for their business ideas.

That’s according to the organisers behind the ‘Senior Entrepreneurs’ initiative, which includes the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board and Senior Enterprise, which are encouraging more Irish people aged 50 and over to set up their own businesses and to access enterprise supports.

In a bid to boost the number of Senior Entrepreneurs in Ireland, a two-day ‘Start Your Own Business’ Residential Workshop is taking place on May 8 and 9 in Portlaoise, with sixty places on offer to those from all parts of Ireland with a business idea. The places will be allocated to suitable budding entrepreneurs on a first come basis, so early application is essential.

‘Senior Entrepreneurs’ is a specially designed training programme, jointly organised by all the County and City Enterprise Boards and Senior Enterprise, which is an INTERREG supported EU initiative led by the Mid-East Regional Authority. The Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology is also supporting the training initiative.

“Our County needs to call upon all the entrepreneurial talent available, regardless of age, to help create economic growth and job opportunities here in Kilkenny’’ according to Fiona Deegan, Acting CEO of the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board’’. “Look at the skills, knowledge, networks and experiences that are accumulated by those aged 50 and over and how these resources and skills can be harnessed to set up successful local businesses, to help create local jobs,” she added.

Applications to the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board are being accepted until 1st May for the residential workshop at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise and organisers have advised that places will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis to suitable budding entrepreneurs. The subsidised fee of €75 includes accommodation, meals and all training materials.

Further information about the Senior Entrepreneurs ‘Start Your Own Business’ Workshop on May 8th and 9th is available from the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board at www.kceb.ie or by telephone 056-7752662. Further information is also available at www.seniorenterprise.ie