The June Edition of the Cork Business Tweetup was held on Wednesday last, the 30th of May in The Kingsley Hotel. The event is a Cork based Tweet Up and Networking event which aims to support and highlight the best of Cork Local Businesses in both an interactive and enjoyable environment. This month’s event was in aid of Cork Life Centre, the Directors of which were in attendance and both spoke on the night.

The event is the brainchild of Krystal Long and Joseph McNamara and was established at the beginning of 2018. Krystal and Joseph were inspired to set-up the event as they have gained a lot from Cork City through education, volunteering, training, work and mentoring. They both feel that Cork is part of who they are and believe in the importance of giving back. The event is all about “Putting a face to the tweet” and so the guest speakers on the night did exactly just that. First speaker on the night was Sarah McSweeney, owner of DTMarketing. Sarah spoke about the importance of social media to small and medium enterprises and is a strong advocate for “Keeping it Local”, DTMarketing also offers Keep It Local TV which promotes local businesses across various social media platforms. Sarah was followed by a Soap-Box section, which showcased businesses in attendance on the night through a two-minute pitch of their product or service which was then raffled off at random. The next speaker was Evelyn Pepperrell who described as a “Fountain of knowledge when it comes to social media”. Evelyn discussed all things social media and the power of Twitter for networking and business; also discussed was the @StartUpHourIrl Twitter feed Evelyn hosts for Quickest Fox Marketing which takes place Monday nights from 8pm.

The final two speakers on the night were from The Cork Life Centre, based in Sundays Well. The Life Centre is a voluntary organisation educational service catering for children between the ages of 12-18, the centre offers an alternative learning environment for young people who find themselves outside the mainstream educational system. The centre and its staff offer 1:1 tuition for state exams and put emphasis on student’s social education as much as their academic. Director Don O’Leary and Deputy Director Rachel Lucey each spoke passionately about the work the life centre does and the profound effect the centre has had on the Cork community. Don believes that “Working with young people in Cork is the best job he could ever have imagined”. The event provides an excellent opportunity for businesses in Cork and surrounding areas to meet mingle and connect with fellow Tweeters and to showcase their service or products.

Be sure to use the hashtag #CorkBizTweet at the next event!