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 Food business or wish to do so?

Then the Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network Food 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 funding for your business?
  • 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 Food business or who have recently started their own Food business.

What's involved?

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

The weekly sessions are geared towards helping food business entrepreneurs to plan their entrepreneurial journey by engaging in the following themed sessions:

  • Business Strategy & Business Planning
  • Finance for Growth and Business Continuity
  • Market Research / Validating your Business Idea
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Pivoting your Business
  • Moving your Business Operations Online
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Personal Development Supports
  • Business Mentoring Supports

The programme will commence online via Zoom week commencing May 3rd and will run two mornings each week for 3 hours until the end of June 2022. Follow up Digital Marketing Training will take place in July.

One-to-one and group supports on personal and business development will be provided throughout the programme.

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


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 Friday April 22nd  at 5p.m., with online zoom interviews planned for the week commencing April 25th.

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