From Silicon Valley to Rosenallis to set up business

Local business women address meeting

From Silicon Valley to Rosenallis to set up business
By Express Reporternews@leinsterexpress.ieTwitter: @laoisnews

In April this year the Laois Enterprising Women’s Network (LEWN) was re-launched by the Local Enterprise Office Laois to support women in business.

Two local business women addressed their recent meeting last Wednesday in the Killeshin Hotel, and shared their business story with the 30 plus LEWN members.

Lucinda Layton of Rose & Alice Handcrafted Soaps and Gifts told a compelling business story of how she decided to move her family from Silicon Valley, California to set up a business on the Mooney family farm in Rosenallis.

A thriving business that is increasing the number of local people employed to meet the growing demand for their product in Ireland and the UK. With plans to launch in Europe in the next year and a move into the American market also planned, the future looks bright for this local company.

The second speaker was MaryRose Simpson of My Lady Bug who runs an online business based in Laois.

She was the 2015 Laois winner of ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ under the category of best new idea.

Celebrating her first year in business, MaryRose advised on the importance of getting good PR, particularly for her type of business as she needs to drive traffic to her website.

A workshop on using Public Relations to grow a business was given by Margaret McKeon-Boyle of Extensive PR.

This business women’s network meets regularly to hear from inspirational speakers, learn from workshops and network to do business.

The Laois Enterprising Women’s Network is inviting business women to join them, whether a business owner, starting a business or working for a company.

For more information contact the Local Enterprise Office Laois.