It’s all about shoe leather, when starting out!  A key piece of advice from Alex Mount Charles for business start-ups as he opened the Start, Scale and Succeed event held in Slane last week stating, “You need to knock on doors and then go back and knock some more”. Navan Chamber of Commerce together with Drogheda, Kells and Dundalk Chamber held the event as part of the Start Up Gathering week which was set up with the aim to encourage more people to take the first step on the road to creating a business, or assist others in scaling their business.

FD6C8859 FD6C8860 FD6C8889 FD6C8901 FD6C8904 FD6C8912 FD6C8970 FD6C9040 FD6C9119 FD6C9134 FD6C9157Responsible for the creation of the Slane Castle Whiskey brand, Alex Mount Charles was the perfect candidate to open this event as the audience were captivated throughout, listening carefully to the advice and tips Alex Mount Charles had to share such as “when starting up your business, be prepared to go through a lot of shoe leather and to always aim high”.

Following his superb key note address, a panel of four entrepreneurs from the North East took the stage to divulge the details of setting up their own businesses, from the highs, the lows and everything else in between! Anne Reilly - Paycheck Plus, Oliver Florence- Flo Web, Graham Hughes - Outsource Group and William Smyth - Fitzgerald Properties gave the audience a great insight on starting up your own business, with Lorraine Murphy of Lorraine Murphy Training & Coaching as facilitator throughout. Notably, the most important points re-iterated by all were to “Never give up, that nothing come’s easy” as well as the importance to “Dream Big”.  The importance of Customer Service and looking after staff were also key learning points “As a business you need to invest in the best possible people and provide the best possible service to your customers to succeed.”

With such inspiring stories to share with the audience, this event proved that Louth & Meath have a wealth of talented entrepreneurs and judging by the motivation and encouragement throughout the room the North East is in safe hands with talented and ambitious individuals who are looking to Start, Scale, and no doubt, Succeed!