ERP for the SME webinar – Feb. 23

Introduction to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) for the SME

What will be covered in the session? Introduction to ERP. ERP is an acronym that stands for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). It’s a business process management software that manages and integrates a company’s financials, supply chain, operations, commerce, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource activities.

Who should attend? Companies who have bottlenecks within their business and challenges with current processes and workflow. Communication issues between departments and know that they have outgrown their current system set up.

What will they get out of it? Understanding of ERP and the modules included. When is the right time to introduce it to your business? Criteria to consider before purchasing an ERP. Choices of ERP.

LIFT Award nomination – Positive Attitude

LIFT Award nomination – Positive Attitude

I am proud and humbled to be nominated for the LIFT Award in the Positive Attitude category.

Mary is the ultimate in positivity. Jobs which others have said can’t be done she gets done and ahead of time. She set up her own business a month before covid lockdown. This was her first step on her own after 25 years working in finance in many different organisations and industries. The lockdown did not stop her. She developed her business online. She helped many businesses in a real way with her plain talking and excellent experience. She also gave many training courses. Mary is a positive connector of people. She has for a long time actively sought out ways to develop and improve herself. She has actively contributed to these groups and made connections along the way with her positive attitude. She has recommended many people for jobs having previously connected with them and they have all worked out well. Prior to leaving her last job she had recommended her replacement who went on to get the job. The companies she has worked for in the last 2 1/2 years would all have great praise for her work and how unique she is. She simplifies the financial side of their business and implements practical improvements in business processes and systems. She would be a worthy winner of this award and has just published her first book to allow access to more people and business owners to her knowledge and experience.”

Super excited about the awards, keep an eye out for this in the coming weeks! 🙂

#LIFTAwards2022 #LIFTIreland @LIFTIreland

Kilkenny Business Awards 2021

Dear Finalists,

I would like to wish all of You the best of luck and appreciate all the hard work you put into this! Unfortunately, because of a personal circumstance (COVID-19), I was unable to present the award personally, on behalf of CK Skillnet on Saturday.

Mary Hayden


The Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 take place in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 12th March.

The gala awards ceremony will celebrate the resilience and determination of the local economy with 18 awards. A new category for 2021 will honour the Best Business Pivot in the Pandemic. A special recognition for local businesses with an exceptional Covid-19 story to tell. Local businesses that, in the face of an unprecedented global pandemic, lockdown, restrictions, closures and much uncertainty, have not only survived but thrived, adapted and grown. The coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, President’s Award plus the overall business of the year will also be announced on March 12th.

After a challenging two years, the flagship event provides a long-awaited opportunity to meet and network, in person, with colleagues, clients and friends from Kilkenny’s business community.

Colin Ahern, President of Kilkenny Chamber said, 

The date is set to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of local business. Kilkenny Chamber is thrilled to announce the return of its flagship gala event on 12th March. The event will be a special reunion and chance for people to meet face to face in a safe environment. I am looking forward to meeting friends and colleagues to celebrate everything that we have achieved across the county under unprecedented circumstances.”

The evening of celebration will start with a Champagne Reception from 6 pm in the Conference Centre at Lyrath Estate Hotel followed by a delicious four-course dinner. Host Helen Carrol will announce the winners throughout the evening. Music by the Party Girls will round off the evening.

Tickets are limited. Those interested in attending can contact The event will be held with all necessary safety precautions and in strict adherence to the Government guidelines.


Kilkenny Chamber was delighted with the huge response to the call for nominations, an indication of how strong and positive the business community is in the city and county.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

  1. Food & Drink Producer Award (Sponsor FBD Insurances)
    1. The Fig Tree
    2. Arán
    3. Elite Living Nutrition
  2.  Best Business Pivot in the Pandemic Award (Sponsor VHI Healthcare)
    1. Intosport
    2. Lorimat Jewellery
    3. CF Pharma
  3. Craft & Design Award (Sponsor Design & Crafts Council Ireland)
    1. K Kajoux Jewels
    2. DfM Clothing Ltd.
    3. Zoe Carol
  4. Culture, Heritage and Tourism Award (Sponsor Kilkenny County Council)
    1. Hawkeye School of Falconry
    2. Shenanigans Walks
    3. Rothe House & Garden
  5. Customer Service Excellence Award  (Sponsor Bank of Ireland)
    1. Callanan Couriers
    2. Springhill Court Hotel & Conference Centre
    3. UPMC Aut Even Hospital
  6. Emerging New Business Award  (Sponsor AIB)
    1. Dialize Clothing
    2. Luke Parsons Hair Salon
    3. The Indie List
  7. Employee of the Year Award (Sponsor T. Butler Engineering)
    1. CF Pharma
    2. Optimize Recruitment
    3. Goods of Kilkenny
  8. Employer of the Year Award (Sponsor Kilkenny People) 
    1. Hibernian Hotel Kilkenny
    2. Veri
    3. Lyrath Estate Hotel
  9. Environmental Excellence Award (Sponsor Kilkenny Leader Partnership KLP)
    1. White Feather Ladies Wear & Holistic Shop
    2. Value Centre
    3. Valley of Roses
  10. Exporter of the Year Award (Sponsor PRL)
    1. CR Payroll
    2. Modubuild
    3. Biddy’s Good Luck Horseshoes
  11. Family Business of the Year (Sponsor PwC)
    1. Momentum Healthcare
    2. Blushes Salon
    3. Dore Optometrists
  12. Hospitality Excellence Award (Sponsor The Wine Centre)
    1. Pennyfeather Restaurant
    2. Hoban Hotel Kilkenny
    3. Mount Juliet Estate
  13. Innovation in Business Award (Sponsor Caulfields Supervalu)
    1. Cleere Life
    2. Loanitt
    3. LawEd
  14. Investment in Skills, Training and Development Award (Sponsor Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet)
    1. UPMC
    2. Optimize Recruitment
    3. Mint Medispa by Pembroke
  15. Retailer of the Year Award (Sponsor MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre) 
    1. Brett’s Hardware Home & Garden DIY Centre
    2. Fitzpatrick’s Fruit & Veg
    3. Lilyrose Boutique
  16. Small Business of the Year Award (Sponsor Local Enterprise Office)
    1. The Wine Buff
    2. Rafter Dempsey’s
    3. Muse Coffee
  17. Social Media & Digital Marketing Excellence Award (Sponsor KCLR96FM)
    1. Newpark Hotel
    2. Mountain View
    3. The Indie List
  18. Technology and e-Commerce Excellence Award (Sponsor Glanbia)
    1. ISE Forest & Garden
    2. UPMC


The criteria for each award can be found here and the Terms & Conditions of the Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 can be found here.

All plans are being made in line with Government guidelines and will be subject to change should the guidelines be changed.

Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet training

Come and join me at the Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet training event on January 25th:

“Join us and Mary Hayden in January to learn all you need to know about managing your accounts.

Walk through a sample Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet & Cashflow statement to allow you better understand the key drivers for decision making, competitiveness and improve your business performance.”
#profitandloss #business #cashflowmanagement

Click to access my intro video here.

Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet & Cashflow statement training

Are you familiar with the Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Awareness?

Are you familiar with the Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Awareness Ireland?

Run Walk or Jog in your community and all in aid of a great cause, the Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Awareness Ireland. We never know when this might hit our family, and it’s great to know that there are organisations out there to help if it ever did.

Personally, my own son had cancer when he was 6yrs old and the initial shock stays forever. One minute our family are all healthy & well and the next our world is falling apart. Thankfully he is now joining me in this run and it feels great to be out the other side and to help these organisations fundraise.

We appreciate all the sponsorship. Thank you.

Breast Cancer Awareness




Will Budget 2022 help Small Business?

Will Budget 2022 help Small Business?

The Small Firms Association (SFA) are fighting for small business and made a submission to Government to continue to back Ireland’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Will Budget 2022 help Small Business? Some priorities discussed were, driving a competitive business environment, sustaining investment, supporting employment and transition to Green Ecomony.—sfa-priorities-for-budget-2022-20-09-2021?OpenDocument

Will Budget 2022 help Small Business?

Will Budget 2022 help Small Business?

Small Firms Association

Enhance your business and career development through networking

Have you heard of the Regional Leaders Programme? Giving yourself time out and mixing with like-minded people who can enhance your Business and Career Development.

In 2018, I worked full-time. The Waterford Regional Leaders Programme started. I signed up as a mentee. Meeting the mentors was of huge benefit to me. I also loved the networking that came with the group events. At the end of 2019, I made the huge jump into self-employment. I am now a mentor on this programme. It feels good to give back to the community. I look forward to meeting the 7 mentees assigned to me and seeing their business and career development over the year.

If you are interested in this programme and would like to sign up for next year, please see below for more details.


Business and Career Development


Would you like a mentor to help improve your business?

Are you a business owner, wearing many hats? Would you like to improve your business?

The Mentorswork Program (link below) is designed specifically for your business.  It provides one to one mentoring, online learning, meeting like-minded individuals, plus many workshops & masterclasses over a 12 week period.

Benefits of this program for you:

  1. improve the knowledge transfer within your organisation
  2. improve employee satisfaction
  3. develop leadership skills
  4. increase motivation
  5. have stronger internal teamwork

After the 12 week program, you will have a Business Improvement Plan, a roadmap for your business to navigate the 6 months following completion of the programme.


Free webinar – March 5th

An Introduction to Lean Techniques to Increase Productivity and Profitability in Your Business

Delivered in conjunction with Plato Dublin, this 1 hour introductory webinar will showcase tools and techniques that are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their business, building the capability of their people to identify issues and improve their operations. LEAN is about being effective and efficient- doing things quicker, better, cheaper… together.

Plato Dublin is an online Business Development Programme for Owner Managers of SMEs funded by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region. Plato provides practical training, business counselling and support so that you acquire the skills necessary to help your business grow and prosper. For more information on Plato visit our dedicated webpage.

Note: Zoom details for this webinar will be provided the night before, please ensure you check your spam folder for details.

Venue: Zoom – details will be provided the night before

Date: 05/03/2021

Note: Friday 5th March 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm

Category: Enterprise Week

1 hour introductory webinar on Lean techniques and how they can help your business be better, quicker and cheaper