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 Offaly and around the country were encouraged to seek assista nce for their business ideas.
That’s according to the organisers behind the ‘Senior Entrepreneurs’ initiative, which includes the Offaly 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 & 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.
“Our County needs to call upon all the entrepreneurial talent available, regardless of age, to help create economic growth and job opportunities here in Offaly,” according to Sean Ryan, CEO of the Offaly 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.”
Applications to the Offaly County Enterprise Board are being accepted until May 1 for the residential workshop at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise and 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 from the Offaly County Enterprise Board on (057) 93 52971 and www.seniorenterprise.ie