Wednesday November 28 is the deadline for ambitious female entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses to join the latest cycle of Going for Growth, the award-winning business development programme.

Going for Growth is a six-month part-time programme, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, which assists ambitious female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations.

The programme is seeking applications from female entrepreneurs – across all sectors – who are strongly focussed on growth. Ideally, businesses should be well established and trading for at least two years and meet the eligibility criteria.

A total of 60 places will be available for this 11th cycle of Going for Growth, which will run from January to June 2018 and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 November. There is no charge for those selected. Anyone interested is encouraged to register their interest in receiving an application form at goingforgrowth.com.

Going for Growth is based on peer support and collaborative learning and each participant will have the opportunity to learn from successful female business women. Acting in a voluntary capacity, these “Lead Entrepreneurs’ have personal experience of growing a business.

This year’s Lead Entrepreneurs include: Louise Phelan, Paypal, Fidelma McGuirk, Payslip, Susan Spence, co-founder of SoftCo, Oonagh O’Hagan, owner of Meagher’s Pharmacy Group and Marissa Carter, founder of Carter Beauty.

Susan Spence, co-founder and President of SoftCo, explains the reasons that she is a Going for Growth Lead Entrepreneur:

“I am happy to give my time to this worthwhile initiative on a voluntary basis and only wish that this type of support was available to me over the years as I was driving forward the growth of SoftCo. I have seen for myself that a collaborative peer-based approach based on growth goals and the shared experience of what works in real life situations, gives the type of support that ambitious entrepreneurs need.”

Previous participants report significant progress, with the great majority reporting an increase in confidence, a reduction in psychological isolation and a feeling of being nearer to achieving their growth goals.

At the conclusion of the most recent cycle (10th), the 65 participants reported:

combined sales of €66.8million,
the creation of an additional 90 full time jobs, bringing to over 740 the total number employed,
four first time exporters, increasing to 30 the number of participants with export experience.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said:
“The Going for Growth programme provides unique supports to ambitious business women in the achievement of their growth ambitions through learning, collaboration and most importantly, through role models and mentoring. We will continue to partner with Going for Growth, to grow the cohort of businesses of scale led by ambitious business women, expanding their reach in global markets, and creating and sustaining jobs at home.”

Olivia Lynch, Partner KPMG, said:
“At KPMG we work with many businesses in overcoming challenges and creating opportunities and we’re delighted to continue our support for this exceptional programme. In doing so, we recognise the key role of Enterprise Ireland, all of the Lead Entrepreneurs and the contribution of so many hugely committed individuals. I have no doubt that the eleventh cycle will prove highly valuable to all of the participants.”

This is the 11th year of the programme and more than 600 female entrepreneurs have so far taken part in Going for Growth. Check out www.goingforgrowth.com for more details.

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