Tech Northwest Skillnet Supporting Effective Networking

  • Tech Northwest Skillnet Supporting Effective Networking

Time is at a premium for all business owners, particularly for SME owners. A successful speed networking series - Networking Donegal – managed and run by Northwest Skillnet, is giving business owners in the region the opportunity to network effectively with up to 30 people in just 90 minutes. The series has become a much-anticipated event in the Donegal business calendar.

Denis Finnegan, Finn Media, explains why he goes to Networking Donegal events, “I love the fact that this event is a level playing field for all. I go to networking events regularly but Networking Donegal really takes it up a notch.  I am guaranteed to meet up to 30 people, I get a chance to pitch my business to lots of new contacts and with careful follow up I have been able to convert these contacts into new business.

Networking Donegal enables me to promote my brand and perfect my pitch.  It is held in a friendly supportive atmosphere and I know at the end of the evening that I will have met new contacts. It’s a great way to open doors for my business.  After that it’s up to me to do the follow-up.”

The northwest region has a strong reputation for innovative and resilient businesses. The region is heavily reliant on SMEs that are the strong foundation of Donegal and there are networking organisations that meet regularly to support these businesses.

Tech Northwest Skillnet has a wide membership across the region and identified the need for SMEs to network. The network, in partnership with Letterkenny Chamber, has run four sessions so far. Members of all the existing networking organisations in Donegal were invited so that they could learn how to network effectively and regularly and each event has attracted over 60 businesses.

Siobhan Grant, Tech Northwest Skillnet stated about the network’s involvement “This is just the right type of training/networking event that our Skillnet likes to be involved with.”

Toni Forrester of the Letterkenny Chamber said “The support of Tech North West Skillnet has enabled us to create an event that really addresses the needs of the business community in Donegal. All small businesses need a pipeline of new contacts and these events ensured that each quarter they have an opportunity to meet new businesses and to deepen the relationship with others.  The success of the events so far has enabled us to regularly promote the event through social media and continue to run professional sessions that have been profitable for lots of entrepreneurs.”

For further details on the Tech Northwest Skillnet please contact Siobhan/Padraig at

Read more network stories from Skillnets News August 2017


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