NWED22 is here!!

SWIBN members are again invited to participate in National Women’s Enterprise Day on Thursday 13 October 2022, in the Glasshouse Hotel from 7 pm .

Now in it’s 16th year, the National Women’s Enterprise Day celebrates the success of female entrepreneurs and inspires female start ups.  This event is organised by SWIBN in conjunction with LEO Sligo with an exciting line up of exhibitors, speakers and a great opportunity to build your business network.

To register for the event click HERE.

This year, SWIBN is also offering its members the exclusive opportunity to host a small stand at the event. Booking a stand is free however spaces are limited, so don’t leave it too long! To book a stand click HERE.

More Information about our Speakers

SWIBN’s Leading Light for NWED22 is Helena Boland, Director at Neptune Financial. Neptune Financial’s slogan is ‘Giving your financial health the attention it deserves’ and Helena loves applying a holistic approach when helping people with their finances. There is no point focusing on just one part of a client’s financial plan – you need to take everything into consideration. This approach has led to the development of the the Neptune financial wellness programme for workplaces. The programme has been successfully delivered to local and national companies such as Boots Ireland, Good4U, Galetech, Sl Controls and the HSE.

Our keynote speaker on the night is Jennie Timony. Jenni Timony is an entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience in commercial and social entrepreneurship projects. Most recently Jenni launched FitPink – an activewear brand for women that has experienced rapid growth since its launch in July 2019. Jenni lectures extensively in Digital Marketing, Retail Marketing, Innovation and Customer Care and continues to guest lecture regularly. She is passionate about helping young people consider entrepreneurship as a viable career option. She has a Msc in International Business from TCD and recently completed a Diploma in Corporate Governance.

We can’t wait to see you at this year’s NWED22!

SWIBN September Event: Show Us The Money!

Hello Ladies!

Show Us the Money ‘ will be a night all about funding and other supports, with lots of information on the supports available for you and your business. This event will be taking place on Tuesday 27th September at 7pm.

Joining us on the night will be representatives from the Local Enterprise Office, Sligo Leader, Citizens Information, and Sligo Chamber of Commerce. This is a great opportunity to learn (or refresh your knowledge) of the various supports out there, to ask questions and, as always, to network with other SWIBNers.

Register for this event for free HERE.

The meeting will be a hybrid meeting, with both in person and online options for members. After registration closes at 2pm on Monday 26 September, we will send around an email to anyone who has registered, attaching the video link to the meeting and asking for confirmation of their in-person or online attendance.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday 27 September from 7pm!

SWIBN August – Gone Fishin’!

We’ll be back in September!

SWIBN Summer Event!

This year’s Summer outing is a visit to The Model and guided tour of current exhibition “Century” led by Emer McGarry, Director.  https://www.themodel.ie/?exhibition=century

Century is one of the largest exhibitions of work from The Niland Collection to take place to date and features more than 100 artworks in a ‘salon’ style installation, and explores over 100 years’ of Irish social and political life as reflected in artistic practice since the birth of the Irish state. Highlights include a host of well-known works from Sligo’s Municipal Art Collection, alongside a diverse array of artworks new to the collection which have never been displayed previously. Artists will include Robert Ballagh, Rita Duffy, Mary Kelly, Brian Maguire, Jack Butler Yeats and many more.

Glass of wine / drink and finger food afterwards in the new cafe, Osta @ The Model, hosted by SWIBN member, Brid Torrades.

Cost €10pp – advance booking essential!! Book tickets by clicking HERE.

SWIBN June Event: Overcoming Limitations in the Workplace

Hello Ladies!

It’s time for June’s SWIBN main event. This in person event will be taking place on the 28th June and will be all about overcoming limitations in the workplace. And who better to talk to us about this than entrepreneurship and innovation expert, Helena Deane.

During the session we’ll cover the ’7 Lessons on overcoming Limitations in your Work Life’:

  1. You don’t know what you don’t know
  2. Virtual insanity
  3. Imposter Syndrome as a myth?
  4. Breaking the Barriers
  5. The value of your work
  6. Asking for money
  7. 5 Tips for Business Planning

Helena Deane is an Entrepreneurship and Innovation expert, with over 20+ years of international markets experience and 10+ years of exposure to start-ups and SMEs. Through her work, she promotes and supports funding and investment, across multiple sectors. Helena dedicates a lot of her time to the promotion and enhancement of gender equality in entrepreneurship, including incorporation of gender sensitivity in business support delivery. She is also very active and knowledgeable in the field of European projects and European funding across a range of topics, combined with a variety of engagements pertaining to sustainability as interpreted by the 17 UN SDGs, circular economy and climate.

Register for FREE by clicking HERE.

SWIBN May Event: The Art of Self Promotion

Hello Ladies!

For May’s SWIBN we’ll be hosting a workshop on self promotion – a hugely important part of running a successful business. The workshop will be hosted by confidence coach Nicola McGuinness.

During the workshop Nicola will talk about:

  • her career journey from the public sector to starting her own business during the pandemic
  • her work with the global organisation ‘Lean In’
  • how self-promotion is crucial to your career growth
  • what you can do to grow your self-belief to create your own personal brand
  • Q&A

RSVP is FREE and can be done by clicking THIS LINK.

This workshop will be held in person in the Glasshouse Hotel and online. We shall be emailing attendees after 2pm on Monday 30th May to seek confirmation of how they’ll be attending.

SWIBN April Event – Members Soapbox 2022

For this month’s SWIBN event, we’ll  be hosting our annual Member’s Soapbox night! For the night, we’re on the lookout for 4-6 SWIBNers to virtually present their businesses to us on the 26th April. Each speaker will get 15 minutes to tell us all about their business. There’s plenty of space to be extra creative with your online presentations – the more creative, the better! This is the perfect opportunity to increase awareness of your business and even make a sale or two. If you’re interested in presenting, please email fionaswibn@gmail.com. Places will be given out on a first come, first served basis.


For those who want to attend but not present, you can RSVP HERE!

SWIBN March Event – Fashion Master Class with Maria Carton

Hello Ladies!

We have a very special visitor planned for our March event – stylist Maria Carton! On the 29th March at 7pm Maria will be joining SWIBN to teach us all things fashion and how to dress best for our body types. Workshop schedule is below:

  • Learn how to dress for your shape
  • How to achieve your own style
  • Getting structure into your wardrobe
  • Outfit building and styling
  • Must have wardrobe staples
  • How to shop successfully
  • Fast Fashion
  • Q&A

This event is totally free and you can register by clicking HERE.

About Maria:

Maria lives with her 14 year old son Martin in Roscommon, Ireland. She has enjoyed fashion for as long as she can remember. Buying Vogue magazine aged 13 years and pouring over the pages for hours. Where people saw ads, she saw fashion, she saw themes, she saw trends, she always knew fashion was her calling. She has worked in fashion retail management for over 30 years, from Dublin to London to Galway with High- end fashion retailers like Brown Thomas, Armani, Harrods, Jaeger and Selfridges

Working and learning with the best in the industry was a must for her. To appreciate fabrics, understand fit and cut, this is the detail that differentiates a great outfit. With an innate love and understanding of fashion, she returned home to Castlecoote in Roscommon, to take a position with Carraig Donn before setting up her own fashion advisory service in January 2019.

With a lifetime of knowledge and experience, she wanted to give back. Sharing the tricks of the trade, the do’s and don’ts and helping women find their own style.

Maria’s business is already evolving from offering Fashion Master Classes, Wardrobe Makeovers and Personal Shopping to working closely with the Dept of Environment promoting sustainability in schools, revamping outdated Boutiques to giving afternoon Hen Party Fashion Master Classes in the G Hotel.

SWIBN February Event – Networking All Night Long

Hello Ladies!

We are so thrilled to announce that we will be making a long awaited return to in person events on 22nd February! At 7pm in the Glasshouse Hotel we’ll be doing some networking all night long (or at least until 9pm!).

At the event we’ll be hosting some informal and facilitated networking activities to enable SWIBNers to make some all important business connections. It’ll be so special having everyone in the same room again and hopefully it’ll be the start of some great new business relationships.

If you know someone who you think would benefit from being a SWIBN member, this is the perfect night to invite them along! As ever, RSVP is free once done by clicking HERE.

We can’t wait to see you then – it’s been too long!

SWIBN January Event – How to Boost Social Media Marketing Sales in 2022

Happy New Year Ladies!

New Year, new SWIBN monthly event taking place at 7pm on the 25th January!

In this 30 minute workshop, best-selling Social Media Author, Louise McDonnell, will outline how to boost organic and paid marketing results on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, YouTube, & LinkedIn. Learn what you need to do in 2022 to increase sales and leads from social media. Louise runs a social media agency and is founder of Sell on Social Media Academy. She knows the pitfalls to avoid and the tactics which will get results fast. Kickstart your social media marketing in 2022 by attending this event.

Louise McDonnelll is a social media strategist, author, & trainer based in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. She has been voted one of the world’s Top 50 Facebook Marketing Bloggers by Feedspot, and listed as one of the Top 108 Digital Marketing Experts Worth Following by Springboard.com. She has also been listed as one of the Top 10 Worldwide Facebook Experts by Blogger Local. Louise is the founder of Sell On Social Media Academy – an online academy for business owners that want to learn how to use social media more effectively to drive business sales. She has just launched her “2022 Social Media Planner& Guide” on Amazon and already it is on the bestsellers list.

RSVP for free HERE!