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Upcoming Courses at Cork Local Enterprise Office

Selling Online – using popular marketplaces


  • Part 1 – 18/05/21 – 09:00 to 13:00
  • Part 2 – 20/05/21 – 09:00 to 13:00


Getting your product or service in front of potential customers is key to driving success for any business.  This two-part course aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to know which marketplace suits their business and how to achieve success when selling online through these marketplaces.  Further details are available at:





Does your business export / import …to, from or though the UK?


If yes, then the FREE  ‘Prepare your Business for Customs’ workshops will be of interest and benefit to you.  Understand Customs / Compliance & Rise / Customs Clearance Procedures / Customs Authorisations ….and more.


Arranged by LEOs Cork and Kerry, participants have a choice of dates over the coming months:


  • 25/05/21
  • 16/06/21
  • 28/07/21
  • 18/08/21


For further information and workshop content, go to:




Marketing & Sales – effective ways of attracting and retaining your ideal clients


  • Part 1 –  25/05/21 - 09:30-13:00
  • Part 2 -   01/06/21 - 09:30-13:00


Combining traditional and digital means of attracting business, this course allows participants to develop a deeper understanding of their target market and best ways to communicate.  Over the two half-day sessions, practical goals will be set to improve communication skills, build better relationships and networks, and explore what is involved in selling and marketing in a business.





Food & Drink Starter Programme


  • May 26 and June 2, 9, 16
  • 09:30-13:00


Essential for anyone embarking on a food production enterprise, this four-part course will cover the basics including:

  • Costing & managing finance
  • Distribution & logistics
  • Identifying your USP
  • Food safety
  • Interpreting Irish food market trends





Website built … what’s next?


  • 26/05/21
  • 09:30-11:30


You’ve got your website built but where should you be investing time and effort now?  This webinar will cover content, available promotional tools, discuss benefit of blogs, news etc., tracking and different set-ups. Click on the following link for further details:






GradStart offers Local Enterprise Office client companies financial support to hire top graduate talent and develop a talent pipeline.  One Irish or International graduate can be hired at any one time for a two-year period by eligible companies.  During the placement, the company must define the project aligned to its growth plan for each graduate to complete.  Graduates must also be assigned an in-company mentor to support their development.


Key points to note:

  • The application submission date for GradStart will also be the earliest date on which the new grant aided employee may be recruited.
  • Companies must be incorporated.
  • Companies must operate in the manufacturing or internationally traded services sector.
  • Companies must employ a minimum of 5 staff
  • Roles in any discipline are eligible for support, except for direct sales and direct marketing positions.


For full details please click on the following link on LEO Cork City’s website….




Green for Micro


Green for Business is Good for Business


A new initiative from the Local Enterprise Offices, the Green for Micro programme will help prepare small businesses for the low carbon, more resource efficient economy of the future.  This is a FREE programme, available to businesses with up to 10 employees.


For further information on the Green for Micro programme, view case studies, and how to apply etc ….go to ….


Also, the following is the link to recording of last week’s lunchtime webinar (21st April) on the Green for Micro programme, organised by Cork Chamber / Energy Cork / LEO Cork City …  (First video on the list)




Trading Online Voucher (TOV) Scheme … and … Business Advice Clinics


Check out dates and other details for these FREE supports provided by LEO Cork City, on:



outdoor seating at restaurant


Grants for Outdoor Seating and Accessories 2021


A new grant scheme, supported by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities, is now open for applications.  Grants are available to support businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector in enhancing their outdoor dining offering.  Any restaurant, café, bar, hotel, visitor attraction or other hospitality/tourism business where food is sold for consumption on the premises.  The scheme is open to existing businesses located throughout Cork city.  Full details and application form is available on Cork City Council’s website, at:


Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 30th September 2021.




Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Internationalisation/BREXIT Survey


Do you trade with the UK?


EEN Ireland supports SMEs to import, export and internationalise.  By completing the following short survey, you will help EEN Network Ireland to further develop services and supports ….