With over 10,000 small businesses in the county, they could be the biggest drivers of jobs and economic growth in Donegal, if they have the right support. That’s according to head of enterprise with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.

Michael is calling on small business owners to come together at a special Donegal Connect interactive conference on ‘Driving the County Forward’. The conference runs from from 8am to 2pm on Wednesday 2nd October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.

“Over 92% of businesses in Donegal have 10 or less employees and they have huge potential to grow and boost their profits, income and jobs. They’d benefit from this growth, and so would the entire county. But to achieve this, these businesses need to be ambitious and they must get the kind of support they need from the public sector agencies.”

“Donegal Connect is about creating opportunities for the county. Now’s the time for business to tap into those opportunities. To make this happen, the public and private sector need to work hand in glove to create a shared vision for the county’s future.  This conference gives us an opportunity to work on this vision as a team.”

“Over 10,000 businesses in Donegal employ over 44,000 people– according to the last available figures in 2017. If we could achieve a 20% increase in the next three years, we would have almost 53,000 employed in the private sector in our county. That’s worth working towards.”

Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council, Garry Martin, will present a vision for the county at the event. The conference will also hear from a range of local businesses who have succeeded by creating and fulfilling ambitious plans. These include Seaquest Systems, Lottie Dolls, Irish Pressings, and Irish Premium Oysters. “And we will also hear from serial entrepreneur Cathal McGloin who has succeeded in establishing a number of UCT businesses in the US,” adds Michael.

 “The conference, as well as channelling our public sector and our businesses, will also give a chance for everyone to give their own feedback on moving forward together.”

Attendance is free but booking is essential. For information and booking click here.

Donegal Connect is a Donegal County Council initiative in association with the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect is part funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Festival series.