Business Network – April Meeting – Learn from our Peers

March 20, 2014


Network Member Jasmin Payne from Castlemine Farm Shop will deliver this months Network Presentation.

Topic: Customer Service & Satisfaction.

Jasmin will discuss how their customer reward scheme improved their business.


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The April Business Network Meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd at 7pm in Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon.

We regularly refer to the amount of experience and knowledge that is in the room at network meetings. One way we tap into this knowledge is by asking members to delivery a 20 minute presentation.

This will be the theme for the April Meeting. 2 Network Members will share improvements they have implemented in their business.

More information to follow shortly.

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Notes from the March Meeting

March 10, 2014

17 Members attended the March Meeting.

The theme for this meeting was Selling Online and SEPA.

Cahal Mahon from Accounting Matters discussing SEPA

Cahal Mahon from Accounting Matters discussing SEPA

Network Member Cahal Mahon from Accounting Matters delivered an informative presentation on SEPA and distributed printouts to members. Cahal also directed people to the Ready for SEPA website.

Johnny Beirne delivered a presentation on using PayPal and also discussed the payment gateway STRIPE.

Selling with PayPal – Roscommon Business Network from Johnny Beirne

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March Network Meeting – Taking Online Payments – SEPA

February 21, 2014

The March Network Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th at 7pm in The Abbey Hotel.

2 Topics will be covered at this meeting:

1. How your business can increase sales and improve cash flow using an online payment system.

Both PayPal and Stripe will be explained and examples will include selling both products and services.

2. SEPA – Single Euro Payments Area

“The Single Euro Payments Area (or SEPA for short) is a European Union regulation that will simplify financial transactions and make doing business easier.

It will apply across 34 European countries, including Ireland, and will make it easier for you to transfer or receive funds.”

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Notes from the February Network Meeting

February 11, 2014

14 Members attended the February Network meeting and the feedback was very positive.

The theme for this meeting was brainstorming ideas.
2 groups of 4 and 2 groups of 3 set up and each group member had the opportunity to share a little about their business and any challenges they are facing. The other members of the group gave their feedback and suggestions, then the next member within the group shared.
Each member within the group were given an opportunity to share and get feedback.

The March Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th at 7pm. More details to be announced shortly.

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February Network Meeting – Thursday 6th at 7pm

January 8, 2014

The February Network Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th at 7pm in Gleesons.

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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Notes from November Network Meeting

November 8, 2013

20 Members attended the November Network Meeting



Michael Keenan and David Farrell from RSM Farrell Grant Sparks delivered a very informative presentation on Personal Insolvency Act: Implications For Businesses & Individuals.

RSM Farrell Grant Spark are the 3rd largest insolvency practice in the country.

Please email if you would like a copy of the presentation or Telephone 090 6626263.









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Innovative Business Start-Up Breakfast, Roscommon, 12 November 2013

October 29, 2013



12 November 2013 – Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

Have you an innovative business idea that you would like to explore?

Come along to our iNNOVATIVE BUSINESS START-Up Breakfast and gain some valuable insights and inspiration from Roscommon native and serial entrepreneur, Tom Morrisroe.

Learn about supports for start ups from local development agencies.

Time & Venue


The iNNOVATIVE BUSINESS START-Up Breakfast is for individuals and early stage teams actively interested in starting or developing their own innovative business in County Roscommon.

If you have an idea for an innovative product or service or have an early stage business you wish to bring to the next level then this event is an opportunity to gain insight and inspiration from successful Roscommon native and entrepreneur, Tom Morrisroe, Co-Founder of a number of businesses including The Now Factory and Arantech.

Enterprise Agencies, Enterprise Ireland and Roscommon County Enterprise Board will be on hand to update you on supports available for Innovative Start up businesses.

There will also be an opportunity to network and meet with agency representatives after the event.


7.15am Breakfast
8.00am Keynote Speaker
Tom Morrisroe, Roscommon
Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of The Now Factory and Arantech

Tom Morrisroe
Tom Morrisroe comes from Carracastle, Ballaghaderreen in Roscommon and was brought up on a small farm. From an early age Tom worked on the farm; by 12 he knew that whatever he did in life he would be doing it for himself.

Today, Tom is founder and CEO of The Now Factory, which delivers analytics solutions to the world’s leading mobile operators. The company was founded in 2007, and under his leadership he has grown the company to over 170 employees and won contracts with over 40 operators across the globe.

Prior to The Now Factory, Tom was co-founder of Arantech, where he guided the company to the number one market position in Customer Experience Management, securing key tier-1 global contracts until the company was successfully sold in 2008. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Limerick, and business qualifications from Stanford University.

Farming remains in his blood. He has a few acres of land and keeps horses. He makes hay every summer and likes fixing machinery or mending a fence. He is also a big sports fan and goes to as many rugby and football games as possible while continuing to play football, sail and ski.
Also speaking will be:
Louise Ward, CEO, Roscommon County Enterprise Board
Barry Egan, Director – West Region, Enterprise Ireland

9.00am Opportunity to network with other attendees and have a one to one discussion with agency representatives


Time & Venue

Time: 7.15am to 9am on Tuesday 12th November
Venue: The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town


Click on the ‘Register Now’ button below to register for this event.

There is no charge for attending.

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For further information contact

Ann Finn – Enterprise Ireland
Tel: + 353 91 735929

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Ann Browne – Rocommon County Enterprise Board
Tel: + 353 90 6626263

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November Network Meeting – Personal Insolvency Act

October 17, 2013

The November Network Meeting is on Thursday 7th @ 7pm in The Abbey Hotel.


All are welcome to attend this event.

Please RSVP to or Telephone 090 6626263

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Business Breakfast Event – 18th Oct – 8.30am – King House, Boyle

October 14, 2013

IASE Open Door and EmployAbility, Roscommon invite you to attend

Business Breakfast Seminar


King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Friday 18th October 2013 at 8.30am

Keynote Speaker: Johnny Beirne

Marketing Your Business Online to Increase Profits”


Patron of EmployAbility Roscommon:Willie Hegarty

“Focus on Your Goals”

Business Breakfast Event: 8.30-11am.

Open Day for Clients 11am – 3pm
Tea, Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

 IASE OPEN DOOR will provide Information on “The Business Case for Supported Employment”


The EMPLOYABILITY TEAM will provide information on various initiatives available to employers: 7 Week Work Experience Programme; Internship; Job Shadow; Jobs Plus and the Wage Subsidy Scheme in addition to a confidential one-to-one support service for an 18 month period; C.V. preparation, interview skills, job seeking and support to retain employment.


Many individuals with disability or health related issues can find part-time work through the EmployAbility Service.


Confidential One to One Meetings will be arranged on the day.


Contact details: Tel: Eithne at 094 9620328 E:

or Geraldine 086 4119230 E:


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€1m Micro Loan Fund for Creative Industries – Oct 16th – 2pm – Roscommon Town Library

October 9, 2013

The WDC is committing €1m over three years from the Western Investment Revolved Fund to provide micro loan funding to businesses in the creative industries sector.
Loans of up to €25,000 are available on a competitive basis.
If you have an existing creative industries business, or would like to set one up, and feel that you have ability to repay a micro loan then this fund may be of interest.

At the Briefing Session you will also have an opportunity to find out about an EU funded programme to showcase and market creative businesses to international customers and clients.

Applications Forms for the micro-loan fund and further details can be obtained at