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The Leeson Enterprise Centre in Westport is the venue for the first ever Open Day to promote remote and hybrid working in Mayo on Friday 2nd February from 10am to 1pm.  This Centre provides a hub for innovation and business to help entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow and develop their businesses.  The Leeson complex is a purpose built community enterprise centre and is the result of a public-private partnership which is overseen by the Westport Multi-Agency Enterprise Group. 


Cathaoirleach Michael Loftus, Mayo County Councillor will officially start the proceedings at 10am detailing the significance of centres such as the Leeson Enterprise Centre and how they can support remote and hybrid work.  Cllr Loftus will be followed by Sarah Butler from Castlebar, who will share how she used her business skills to move from a highly successful wedding stationery business which collapsed during the pandemic, to her new role as celebrity chef, author of three cookbooks, influencer and broadcaster. 


Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the most searched word on Google in 2023.  Award winning Marketing Coach, Muireann Fitzmaurice will give a talk on ‘Marketing and AI – what is Artificial Intelligence and how does AI work for your business’. Stephen Carolan, National Hub Network Programme Manager will outline what is next in store for hub users and those curious about learning more.


A panel discussion chaired by Louise McDonnell, Social Media Strategist and Coach will explore how start-ups, business people and community groups can use traditional and social media to expand their network, increase sales and market share and develop new ways of working.  Mayo County Council Director of Services, Joanne Grehan, will join the panel conversation to give a broader perspective.


There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the panel discussion and a networking lunch will follow this session with proceedings drawing to a close at 1pm. 


If you would like to attend this Open Day which will take place in the Leeson Enterprise Centre, Westport on Friday 2nd February from 10am to 1pm, please come along on the day. 

·        10:00    Opening address by Cllr Michael Loftus, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council

·         10:10    Resilience: How to use your skills to restart a new career

              Sarah Butler, Celebrity Chef Sarah Butler At Home

·         10:30     Marketing and AI – what is Artificial Intelligence and how does AI work?

               Muireann Fitzmaurice, Marketing Coach

·         10:55     Connected Hubs: What’s next?

               Stephen Carolan, National Hub Network Programme Manager

·         11:20     Panel Discussion (Sarah, Muireann, Stephen & Joanne Grehan, Director of Services Mayo

               County Council) Chaired by Louise McDonnell, Social Media Strategist and Coach

·         12:15     Light lunch & Networking

·         13:00     Close

These facilities and services have been developed with the support of funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Connected Hubs Programme.

This free event is sponsored by Mayo County Council, there is no need to book, please come along on the day.


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