Business at 60 was better than ever for Aine

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

LIMERICKWOMAN Aine Cuddihy, above, knows that life doesn’t end at 50. In fact her career took a 360 degree turn at 60.

LIMERICKWOMAN Aine Cuddihy, above, knows that life doesn’t end at 50. In fact her career took a 360 degree turn at 60.

After working as a primary school teacher for over 30 years, before retiring in November 2010, she had dreamed of one day setting up her own food business.

Now, after taking part in the first senior entrepreneur residential workshop – a training initiative for budding entrepreneurs aged over 50, she set up The Minicake Company.

The Limerick City Enterprise Board and Senior Enterprise are encouraging those over 50 to recognise that the world of entrepreneurship may be for them, and will show participants how to bring a business idea to fruition at a two-day residential workshop, on November 26 and 27 in Portlaoise.

“Entrepreneurs make a substantial impact on the Irish economy in terms of job creation, innovation and productivity. Our brief is to encourage entrepreneurship at local level and we believe that there is untapped entrepreneurial potential in the over 50s population. We are delighted to partner with Senior Enterprise in this exciting initiative,” said Eamon Ryan, chief executive of Limerick City Enterprise Board.

During the course of the workshop participants will learn how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, undertake market research, develop an action plan, acquire the knowledge to complete one– three year sales and expenditure projections. To apply see Enterpriseboards.ie.