October 2019 news and updates from Creative Spark, Centre for Creativity and Innovation
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Creative Spark €3.8 million Economic Impact

A new economic report from Vodafone Ireland has found that Dundalk’s Creative Spark generates over €3.8 million for the local economy. Nationally, smart working, with digital hubs in every county, could generate €312 million for the regional economy and create over 8,400 new jobs across over 1,000 new businesses.
The study, which was carried out by economist Jim Power, and commissioned by Vodafone Ireland, was undertaken to assess how smart working – flexible or remote working from home or a hub – can help rural communities thrive in a meaningful way. A quantitative analysis of job creation, talent migration, economic activity and outputs of the businesses that operate in six of Vodafone and SIRO’s digital hubs provides insight into the potential socio-economic benefits smart working practices could have, if replicated nationally in every county.

Read the full report here

Enterprise Training


Finance & Book-keeping for Small Business 22 October 2019

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: €20

Whether 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.
Click here to book!

Sell Successfully to New Markets – Exports 30 October 2019

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: €20

Are you considering exporting your product overseas or need to learn how? Yes – then this practical advice workshop presented by a successful export sales expert is what you need.
Learn how to apply a structured approach to exporting and the supports available to explore and develop new market opportunities.
Click here to book!

Procurement – How to Win Tenders 

Date: 16 October 2019
Duration: 1 Day (9:30am - 4:30pm)
Location: Creative Spark, Dundalk
Cost: €149 (€179 for Non Chamber & Non Network Members)

Winning tenders are far more than just getting words (even the right words) onto a page. Winning bids demonstrate creativity and insight. Crucially, they establish empathy with the buyer. Simply put, this is the difference between winning and losing bids.
This workshop is designed to teach you how to be credible, innovative and successful in tendering. 
Book Now

National Women’s Enterprise Day 17 October

Venue: CityNorth Hotel and Conference Centre
Date & Time: Thursday 17 October | 9.30 am - 2.30 pm
Cost: €25
Women from across Louth and Meath are joining forces on Thursday October 17 to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day 2019.
With a stellar line-up, it promises to be an event that will inform, educate, entertain and inspire, female business owners and aspiring female entrepreneurs.  Book now

Creative Training

CNC Carving for Beginners 

Date: Saturday 12 October
Time: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tutor: Prof. Steve M. Potter
Cost: €90.00

This introductory workshop will take you from zero to proficient carver in one day. Computer-numeric controlled (CNC) carving, cutting and engraving of wood and acrylic sheets can be used to fabricate a wide range of beautiful and useful objects.
Click here for more info

Soy Wax Candle Making Workshop

Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Tutor: Karen Lavelle
Cost: €60

This workshop will introduce participants to the craft of blending fragrance and hand pouring soy wax candles.  More info here

Free Coding Workshop For Girls (10-16 years) 

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 1 Day 10:00 – 12:00
Tutor: Joan McCann
Cost: FREE (booking required) 
Girls will need to bring their own laptop.
Venue: Creative Spark, Dundalk

Supported by Meet and Code and Tech Soup, Creative Spark will host a free coding event for Secondary School Girls, aged between 10 and 16 years. This event will introduce girls to computer science, coding and electronics in a fun and creative environment, inspiring them to become digital creators in the future.

More info here>>

Louth Volunteer Centre: Have your say

Louth Volunteer Centre has secured funding through LEADER to commission a County Louth Volunteering Strategy which will be the first of its kind in Ireland. 
It is very important that the voices of groups such as your organisation, are heard in this research so that it is a true reflection of the experiences of the people and organisations on the ground in Louth.
There are a few ways you can contribute to this process: 
  • Complete this survey if you are part of an organisation that involves volunteers in its work, whether as a volunteer yourself (including being a member of a committee) or as a staff member
  • Share this survey with volunteers in your organisation or that you know and encourage them to complete it
Closing date for both surveys is Monday 14 October
Round Table discussion - Monday 21 October 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Venue: Barbican Centre, Drogheda
Register your interest in attending here
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