LEO logoWhether you are starting up in business or growing your business, you need a business plan. This plan will provide the roadmap to achieve the success that you want. The question shouldn’t be if you write your plan, but how to write a business plan that will take your company where you want it to go.

This course will provide an overview of all aspects of writing a business plan for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the required elements of the business plan and you will be walked through each section of a business plan.

The basic fundamentals of a Business Plan includes being able to address the following:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Products or Services
  • Market Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Management Summary
  • Financial Analysis
  • Appendices and Supporting Information

We will also look at the target audience for Your Business Plan. The potential readers of a business plan can be varied including bankers, investors and business stakeholders and should be prepared accordingly. For example, bankers tend to be more formal than potential business investors and are more concerned with financial strength than exciting concepts and impressive opportunities. For these readers, you will want to give more attention to balance sheets and cash flow statements.

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course you will be equipped to start writing a draft business plan for your business. Attendees will also be given sample business plan layouts that you can use for your Business Plan.

Course: How to Write a Business Plan

Date: Thursday 21st April 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00

Places are limited so book your tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/1PzA8o3

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LEO logoWhether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The work-shop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

  • How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
  • Registering your business with the tax authorities
  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Managing Cashflow
  • Importance of good Credit Control
  • Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
  • Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting requirements of a small business.

Date: Thursday, 11th February

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Newtown Link Road, Greenhills

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00

Places are limited, please book your tickets in advance

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LEO logoBasic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is fundamental to your online presence. Using good SEO practices can help you position your website properly – enabling your business to be found when potential buyers are looking to buy products or services that you sell.

Topics covered include:

  • What are search engines looking for?
  • How can you build your website in a way that will please both your visitors/customers?
  • Google, Bing, and other search engines?
  • How can SEO help your web presence become more profitable?
  • What does it take to “get to the top” of search engine results?
  • Learn about the basics to improve your web site’s searchability:
  • Learn about the following terms that will help your website ranking including:
  • SEO image tagging best practices
  • Mobile friendliness
  • Social media engagement
  • The “Google Algorithm”

Attendee Outcome:

Have a good understanding of what it is that affects your website ranking and how to improve your website rankings using effective measures.

Course: Search Engine Optimisation: The Basics

Date: Thursday, 28th April; 10:30am – 13:30

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00


Places are limited, please book your tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/1TiXuRf

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imagesEver had a great business idea and wondered how about making it a reality? Wonder no more.

As part of Local Enterprise Week Louth you are invited to an Ideas Development workshop.

In this very practical and highly engaging workshop, Joanne Hession will work with local people who want to explore ideas they have for a new business. She will also work with people who are already in business but have ideas on how to expand their product or service offering.

Joanne will examine where ideas come from, what makes a great business idea, new ideas and trends, progressing or ditching your idea, finding the right business model and taking your idea to the next stage. You will leave this workshop with a selection of tools and techniques that you can use to develop your business idea.

An award winning business leader, Joanne Hession is the author of “Don’t Get A Job, Build A Business”. Her company, QED Training, has worked with entrepreneurs and start-up companies across the country to equip business people with the knowledge and skills they need to build a great business.

Admission: FREE

Date: Wednesday, 9th March

Time: 9:00am-12:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Pre-booking is essential, so book register your interest now: http://bit.ly/1PWW5Pv 

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AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJ8AAAAJDA0YTBjMGFiLTlmZjQtNDg3Yi1hYTIwLWEwMTE1YmY0MGI0NQThe lifeblood of every business is cash. Getting access to finance is critical to starting or expanding your business. If you want to find out where you can get much needed finance then this event is for you.

Join us to find out where small business can access finance. Learn about new forms of finance coming to the market. Meet representatives of funding providers and talk to them about your financing requirements.

Hosted by business finance expert Alan Costello, this event is an opportunity for you to discover first hand current sources of finance, both traditional and newer forms, available to businesses in County Louth.

Admission: FREE

Date: Friday, 11th March

Time & Venue: Breakfast Briefing: 9:15 – 10:30, The Mill Enterprise Hub

Time and Venue: Lunch Briefing: 12:30 – 14:30, County Museum, Dundalk

Registration commences 30 minutes before each event. Light breakfast/ lunch will be provided.

Pre-booking is essential, so register your interest now:

Finance Day in Drogheda: http://bit.ly/1Obo5sV

Finance Day in Dundalk: http://bit.ly/1QCI5GH

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paypal_2014_logo_detailIrish shoppers spent €4.3 billion in 2015 online. Online commerce is a huge market bursting with opportunity for companies of all-sizes. With the cluster of Payments service companies in the North East, Louth is ideally positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in the fast growing and evolving payments industry. Businesses can take advantage of these opportunities.

This event, hosted by PayPal, is your opportunity to learn how to capitalise on that growing trend. Anthony Rafferty, PayPal’s Director of Merchant Services, will explain their Braintree service which can offer your company free processing on the first €50,000 worth of transactions.

This seminar will be followed by a tour of PayPal’s facility in Dundalk, providing a unique insight into how the company operates.

Admission: FREE

Date: Tuesday, 8th March

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Pre-booking is essential, so please register your interest here: http://bit.ly/1Oblpvi

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