May Network Meeting – Applying Creativity to your business


April 21, 2014

The May Network will take place on Tuesday, 6th May in The Hive, Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon at 6.30pm.

Meeting Topic: Applying Creativity to your business with QED Training. Facilitated by Lorraine Bowen.

This 45 minute workshop will help you learn how to harness your businesses creative resources- your staff, your customers….. your ‘business family’.

It will also give you a taste of an upcoming 1 Day Programme which takes place on Friday in Carrick on Shannon.

EXCITING NEW BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAMME

Are you self-employed and interested in taking a few simple, but effective, steps to grow your business?

Whatever business you are in, whether working alone or as part of a team, the expert mentors at QED Training can help you to make positive changes that could bring real results.

This FREE programme aims to help local businesses, like yours, take some time out to think and to plan.You will receive guidance and support about any aspect of your business and will have an opportunity to plan positive changes to help your business work for you.Learn how to harness your businesses creative resources- your staff, your customers….. your ‘business family’.

For more infiormation about the 1-Day Programme and to book your place – click here.

 

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April Network Meeting – Local Success Case Studies


March 25, 2014

The April Network Meeting will take place on Tuesday 1st April in The Hive.

Member Presentations – Learning from local success

1. Local Online Success Case Study with Vobe Interiors.

With their retail outlet located on the Dublin Road in Carrick, Vobe Interiors have also been successfully selling online for close to 5 years now.

Owner Vanessa O’Brien will discuss her experience in setting up their online shop and lessons learned along the way.

2. How to commercialise your knowledge with a book with Oonagh Monahan

Local Author, Blogger, Training & Mentor Oonagh Monahan of Alpha Omega Consultants will discuss how we can commercial our knowledge with a book.

 

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Notes from March Network Meeting


March 5, 2014

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7 Members attended the March Network Meeting.

Johnny Beirne gave a presentation about PayPal.

Tips on setting up and using PayPal from Johnny Beirne

Leon Quinn from Reverb Studios gave a presentation about using Stripe.

Check out Leon’s Video

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 1st April at 6.30pm in The Hive.

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March Network Meeting – Receiving Payments via your Website


February 21, 2014

The March Business Network Meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th at 6.30pm in The Hive.

Meeting Topic – Receiving Payments via your Website.

Online spend in Ireland is €4Bn per annum but 75% of it is going abroad.

 

Network Member, Leon Quinn [Reverb Studios] will give a 20 minute presentation on how he uses Stripe.

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Johnny Beirne [Digital Business Institute] will give a 20 minute presentation on how he uses PayPal.

Check out Leon’s Video

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Notes from February Meeting


February 7, 2014

16 Members attended the February Meeting.

The theme for this meeting was brainstorming ideas for YOUR business.

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Groups of 4 were set up and each group member had the opportunity to share a little about their business and any challenges they are facing. The other 3 members of the group gave their feedback and suggestions, then the next member within the group shared.

Each member within the group was given an opportunity to share and get suggestions.

The feedback from attendees was very positive.

The next meeting will take place Tuesday 4th March at 6.30pm in The Hive.

 

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February Network Meeting – Learn from your Peers


January 20, 2014

The February Network Meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th in The Hive, Carrick on Shannon from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The theme for this meeting is brainstorming ideas for YOUR business.

Groups of 4 will be set up and each group member will have the opportunity to share a little about their business and any challenges they are facing. The other 3 members of the group will then give their feedback and suggestions, then the next member within the group will share.

Each member within the group will be given an opportunity to share and get feedback.

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November Network Meeting Notes


November 8, 2013

10 members attended the November Network Meeting.

Martina Giblin and Mary Nash O Brien from Leitrim Development Company delivered an informative presentation on the Leitrim Job Club and Job Bridge. See the slides below.

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November Network Meeting – Leitrim Job Club and Employers Incentives


October 15, 2013

Martina Giblin from Job Club Leader at Leitrim Development Company with deliver a presentation at the November Network Meeting.

The meeting will take place in The Hive, Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon at 6.30pm on Tuesday Nov 5th.

Martina will discuss the following items:

  1. Introduction and short presentation on The Job Club
  2. Employers Incentives to recruit unemployed people
  3. Gain some feedback from employers on the quality / standard of applications they are receiving (maybe in the form of a short questionnaire)

We hope to see you there.

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Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship


October 14, 2013

WEDNESDAY 16th. OCTOBER, 2013 AT 8.30 p.m.
BUSH HOTEL
Main Street, Ck-on-Shannon.
ADM: €5.00. OAP’S & CHILDREN €3.00. MEMBERS: FREE.

VALUABLE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS FROM IRELAND FUNDED BY THE BEQUEST OF TWO SISTERS FROM CARRICK-ON-SHANNON

A hitherto unknown link between Carrick-on-Shannon and Cambridge University, which is ranked first among Britain’s universities and third among universities worldwide, will be the subject of a talk at the Carrick-on-Shannon and District Historical Society on Wednesday 16 October given by biographer Charles Lysaght and genealogist Alyson Gavin

There is at Cambridge University an award called the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship, funded out of the wills of Robert’s two unmarried sisters Susan and Margaret, both natives of Carrick-on-Shannon, the last of whom died in Malvern in Worcestershire in 1953, aged 90.

The scholarship is open to any student or graduate of an Irish university who wishes to study at Cambridge. In deciding on the award the electors are required, in accordance with the terms of the will, to give preference, other things being equal, to students of Trinity College Dublin, gifted students of literature and, somewhat quaintly, descendants of Irish landed proprietors. The fund out of which the scholarships are awarded now amounts to almost a million pounds.

Since 1956 over one hundred and fifty students have been aided by the scholarship to finance their stay in Cambridge. They include David Spearman, Professor of Mathematics and Vice-Provost of Trinity; Hilary Pyle, the art historian; Finola Kennedy, the economist, recently author of an acclaimed biography of Frank Duff; John Neill, Archbishop of Dublin; Nicholas Grene, Professor of Anglo-Irish literature at Trinity; David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge; and Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary History at Trinity. The early awards were between £200 and £400 a year; the most recent awards have been £6000 per year.

Charles Lysaght was a recipient of the award from 1962 to 1964 when he studied economics and law and was the first Irish Catholic ever elected President of the Cambridge Union, defeating by a majority of over two to one Vince Cable, a member of the present British government. He was intrigued by the terms of the bequest, especially the preference given to the descendants of Irish landed proprietors, and was curious about the identity and background of those who had made this provision. However, the authorities at Cambridge University knew nothing about them beyond their names and the contents of the wills containing the bequest.

He sought the assistance of his friend Alyson Gavin, a modern languages graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holder of the diploma in genealogy at University College Dublin.

It emerged from her extensive and painstaking research into records and old newspapers that the two sisters were the daughters of Mathew Sarsfield Gardiner of Gallows Hill, Carrick-on-Shannon, variously described as architect, builder or farmer, and of his wife Susan Irwin. The sisters moved to England where they eventually joined their elder sister Mary, a milliner, in running a fashion business in Liverpool while their brother Robert, in whose memory the scholarship is named, became an apprentice architect in Derbyshire. He died in 1874, aged 29, in rather tragic circumstances retailed in the records of the hospital where he spent his last months. He is buried in an unmarked grave at Macclesfield.

The sisters retained property in Carrick well into the twentieth century, some of which provided a site for a British Legion Hall. Although all their immediate family had died or departed, they kept contact with the district, subscribing to the Leitrim Observer newspaper and even corresponding with it occasionally.

Why they bequeathed their entire estates to found this scholarship when they had nieces and a nephew living, and why they chose Cambridge University and inserted the grounds of preference they did, still remain unsolved mysteries.

Notes from October Meeting


October 2, 2013

20 Network Members attended the October Network Meeting.

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John Farrelly (originally from Manorhamilton) delivered an excellent presentation about his company Bullet Online Accounting and Payroll Software, including how they started and grew the company. John also shared lessons learned and gave great tips on productivity and internet marketing.


The Meeting took place in the recently opened Technology Centre ‘The Hive’
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The November Meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th at 6.30pm in The Hive, Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon

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