The award-winning Going for Growth programme celebrated the end of its 14th cycle in KPMG’s Dublin office on 14 June 2022. Almost 40 female entrepreneurs shared their experiences and celebrated successfully completing the programme.
Going for Growth, an award-winning business development programme, is supported by KPMG and Enterprise Ireland and helps ambitious female entrepreneurs in achieving their growth aspirations. More than 800 female entrepreneurs have completed the programme to date.
Photographed above, from left to right: Back row: Katie Rogers, Blackbird Jewellery, Dawn Hill, Floraison, Oonagh O’Hagan, Meagher’s Pharmacy, Sharon Keilthy, Jiminy Eco Toys, Grainne Cassidy, Pieces.ie; Front row: Sheelin Conlon, The Kind, Laura Lenihan, Dr Laura Clinic, Nicola Connolly, Nunaia Beauty, Mairead Ronan, FARO.
The vital support of Lead Entrepreneurs
Those selected for the Going for Growth initiative join interactive round table sessions led by Lead Entrepreneurs. The Lead Entrepreneurs are successful businesswomen with personal experience of growing a business. These high-profile business leaders volunteer their time to encourage participants to set and achieve personalised goals and milestones to address the opportunities and challenges they face in driving growth in their businesses.
Some of this year’s Lead Entrepreneurs included five previous Going for Growth participants: Dr. Anne Cusack, formerly Critical Healthcare; Chupi Sweetman-Durney, Chupi; Gillian O’Dowd, Azon Recruitment Group, Jeananne O’Brien, Artizan Food Co. and Oonagh O’Hagan, Meaghers Pharmacy Group.
The other Lead Entrepreneurs include Fidelma McGuirk, Payslip and Monica Flood, formerly Olas IT.
Áine Denn, co-founder and formerly of Altify, and Breege O’Donoghue, formally of Primark, led Continuing the Momentum round tables. This is a further development programme for former participants of Going for Growth.
Irish female entrepreneurs have a major role in helping deliver economic growth and job-creation objectives and we in KPMG are delighted to support the Going for Growth programme...
Why Going for Growth matters
Commenting on the launch of the last cycle of Going for Growth Olivia Lynch, Partner KPMG said: “The results of this year’s programme speak to the remarkable resilience of these women in the most challenging of market circumstances.
“Women in Ireland continue to be underrepresented amongst our entrepreneurship community, but with the right support, have the potential to contribute significantly more to our economy. The many programme participants who have adapted their businesses to become first time exporters and create new jobs are proof of this potential.
According to Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland; “Increasing support for ambitious female entrepreneurship is a key national priority and Enterprise Ireland is proud to support Going for Growth. Strong peer groups, wonderful Lead Entrepreneurs, excellent formal learning opportunities and frameworks for business growth make this a ‘must consider’ for anyone seeking to accelerate her business.”
Paula Fitzsimons, founder and managing director of Fitzsimons Consulting, said:
“The achievements of the participants in growing revenue, increasing jobs and beginning exporting during some of the darkest days of the pandemic are a credit to the peer support that they got from each other and from the Lead Entrepreneurs. The way the participants have pivoted, identified new opportunities, and changed to meet the needs of their market, shows great resilience and a true entrepreneurial spirit. The strength of the network, developed over the last 13 years, has proven to be a great resource in the most challenging times, as it is when the environment is more benign.”