More than 200 virtual events are planned by the Local Enterprise Offices for Local Enterprise Week, which is taking place online from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5.

The events include training workshops, information webinars and masterclasses with entrepreneurs and experts and are designed to help the country's small businesses and those looking to start a new business in 2021.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that we have all had to do things a little differently because of the pandemic.

But he said he has no doubt that those participating in Local Enterprise Week will find this year's week just as useful and interesting.

"Many businesses have really relied on their Local Enterprise Office for advice, training and financial help during these difficult few months," Mr Varadkar said. 

"Local Enterprise Offices are the point of contact for many of the Government's grants and training schemes, such as the new Green for Micro initiative, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme and the Lean programme," he said. 

"Local Enterprise Week is the perfect opportunity to have a look at what help is available and find what works best for your business," he added.

Oisín Geoghegan, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, said that as well as the ten "Spotlight" events, all 31 Local Enterprise Offices are offering full programmes over the five days of Local Enterprise Week. 

"Our advice to all businesses and to those with a business idea, is to have a look at the events taking place by visiting LocalEnterprise.ie/Week and to register early," he added.

The ten Spotlight events taking place during Local Enterprise Week are:

- "Benefits of Green for your Business - Launching Green for Micro" on Monday, March 1 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Dublin City). 

- "Spring Back & Step Forward: Building Leadership & Resilience" on Monday, March 1 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Donegal). 

- "Building The New" featuring start-ups and innovators on Tuesday, March 2 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Galway).

- "Growing Lean: One Small Step or One Giant Leap, Getting Started with Lean" on Tuesday, March 2 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Kildare).

- "AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food" on Wednesday, March 3 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office South Cork).

- "Creative Connections: Enabling your B-2-B Online Opportunities" on Wednesday, March 3 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Carlow)

- "Engage for Growth with David Meade" on Thursday, March 4 at 10am (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown). 

- "S.M.A.R.Tech for StartUps" on Thursday, March 4 at 4pm (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Clare). 

- "Masterclass: Health checking your business for its forward journey" on Thursday, March 4 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Wexford). 

- "Trading Online Voucher Information Webinar" on Friday, March 5 (open to all businesses across the country and organised by Local Enterprise Office Fingal).