The Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2019 - 2022.


Have you recently started a Craft business or wish to do so?

Then the Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network Art & Craft Focused programme may be for you!

Ask yourself...

  • Do you love your business?
  • Do you have confidence in your Product Range?
  • How will you Market your Product?
  • Can you Cost & Price your Product?
  • Will you be Tax Compliant?
  • Can you secure Artists Exemption?
  • Do you know how to plan strategically for your future business development?

If you answered yes then this WREN Programme might be the right fit for you.

We will be recruiting women who wish to start their own business or who have recently started their own business in the Art & Craft field.


Our Tutors

Ballyhoura Development, in conjunction with SECAD Partnership, are delighted that Marian McDonald, who has more than 3 decades of experience dealing with start-up and developing businesses in the Craft Sector will be joining us. Marian is a Mentor with the DCCI & Visual Artists Ireland.

We will also be joined by Colin McKeown, who has over 35 years of experience in advertising, design, and the creative industries. He has extensive knowledge of designing, branding and service design strategies.


What's involved?

The WREN programme offers a series of FREE online, interactive workshops, delivered via Zoom.

The programme will commence online on September 9th and will run on Thursday morning each week for 3 hours until the end of November 2021One-to-one and group support on personal and business development will be provided throughout.

This programme will be co-delivered/facilitated by Ballyhoura Development CLG and SECAD Partnership.


If Interested?

You can now apply for a place on the programme by filling out the online form by clicking on the link below:

Register Now

The closing date for applications is August 6th, with online zoom interviews planned for the end of August.

If you would like to find out more about how WREN could work for you, please contact Carrie O’Donoghue at [email protected].


Read here about some of the amazing female entrepreneurs and their budding businesses:

WREN Programme Case Studies