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Businesses learn to ‘Challenge, Adapt, Succeed’ at Successful Enterprise Week

Over 700 people participated in Mid Ulster District Council’s fifth Enterprise Week (13-17 November), attending 11 free online and in-person events focusing on how to help businesses ‘Challenge, Adapt, Succeed’, in today's ever-evolving economic landscape.
Events during the week included the popular AI Uncovered event which was hosted by UTV's Paul Clark, alongside a panel of AI experts, including Naomh McElhatton, the mastermind behind dara & co; Jason Bell, founder of Synthetica Data, and Elaine Donaghy McCrory, Terex Washing Systems Global Marketing Manager. During the in-person event at the Burnavon, Cookstown, attendees unravelled the mysteries of AI and discovered how it's poised to reshape the local business landscape.
Assisting businesses to grow their sales through powerful storytelling was a common theme throughout the week. Attendees heard from the best in the business with webinars like 'Influencer Magic,' featuring Francesca Morelli from Vava Influence; 'Powerful Tourism,' where Tina O'Dwyer from The Tourism Space shared her insights, and 'Leading the Way,' a spotlight on self-leadership and business resilience by elite performance coach Enda Mc Nulty.
Other events included Trailblazers where three successful Mid Ulster businesswomen, Sandra Quinn, Outsource Group; Grainne Bannon, and Eve Beattie, Fuss Free Funnels talked to host Annette Kelly, Little Penny Thoughts, in the Burnavon about how they ‘upskilled’ in order to adapt and succeed in their roles.
In Dungannon, business owners across Mid Ulster had an exclusive chance to 'Meet the Experts.' With over 40 experts spanning various business sectors all under one roof, businesses received one-on-one advice to tackle challenges head-on. From export and energy, to marketing and finance, Mid Ulster Enterprise Week had businesses covered.

Chair of the Council, Councillor Dominic Molloy was delighted with the turnout and engagement of businesses throughout the week. 

The turnout from local businesses at this year’s Mid Ulster Enterprise Week has been the highest since we first launched the week back in 2019. This speaks volumes about the how the theme of this year’s event – ‘Challenge, Adapt, Succeed’ – struck a chord with local businesses and is testament to the Council’s commitment to continue to deliver for and support the sector. Businesses used phrases including ‘best investment of my time this year so far’, ‘great event for women’ and ‘really insightful’ in their feedback, showing the week really did have a positive impact - emphasising that Mid Ulster’s enterprising spirit is very much alive and well!

If you missed any of the events, you can watch them on the Council’s YouTube channel in the coming weeks.