County Carlow has a new Women in Business Network called “Powerhouse” which is being co-ordinated by the team in Carlow County Council’s – Local Enterprise Office

Powerhouse  – Carlow Businesswomen’s Network is being launched by Carlow Local Enteprise Office and  commences  with an online event titled “Women Who Lead & Succeed – Strike a Harmony Between Work & Life” on the June 25th 2021.  Guest speakers for the event are well known and experienced  female entrepreneurs Moira Dunne co-founder of, Ciara Troy of award winning  Oisshi Foods and local champion Helen Whelan of the vibrant and innovative  Thrive Café, Tullow.

Launching the programme, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council Kathleen Holohan said “Through the Local Enterprise Office we are keen to support and develop key businesses that form the fabric of Carlow’s local economy.  Many of those businesses are led by female entrepreneurs who work across every conceivable sector.”  She went on to say  “With Powerhouse we have the opportunity to provide a platform for people to network, gain knowledge  and ultimately do business. Local businesses working strongly together will be key as we move through 2021.”

Welcoming the project , Cllr. Tom O’Neill , Cathaoirleach with Carlow County Council said “First and foremost, the Powerhouse events are about  harnessing ideas, innovation, creativity and learning from each other. It’s also about looking at your business and asking if there is a better way to do things, is there a new opportunity or market to explore?”. The Cathaoirleach continued to say “I encourage all women considering setting up their own business to contact their Local Enterprise Office to see how they can help you and be part of Powerhouse which will provide a supportive network which can make this happen for business women in County Carlow”.

Gabrielle Carroll, Business Advisor with Carlow Local Enterprise Office said  “The network series consists of monthly online sessions with experienced guest speakers from across the country on different business topics.  These are common to every business  and looking at how people approach them differently to you is where the learning and development comes.”  She went on to explain that the  Powerhouse events will look at key business aspects  – managing, finance, marketing, sales and will also offer a platform for engagement and networking”.

The programme will link in with National Women’s Enterprise Day in October which is now entering its 15th Year.   As an important milestone in the Local Enterprise Office calendar it provides an  opportunity each year to highlight the success stories of women in Carlow who continue to grow and develop business, across every sector.

Coordinating the Series, is Jane Manzor of Manzor Marketing who has previously supported business network events for women.  Of the Network she said, “We are delighted to team up with Carlow LEO in delivering these events.  We have relevant topics and inspirational  speakers lined up for each event, with key contributors from Carlow and across the Country.  The positivity and can do attitude arising from these events really pushes businesses forward.  We are looking forward to helping grow businesses in Carlow.”

The Women in Business Series will kick off with its first session on the morning of Friday 25th June.

Please register  online at or call 059 9129783