ISME con­fer­ence will look to the fu­ture

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ISME are think­ing ahead at their 2018 An­nual Con­fer­ence

ISME (Ir­ish SME As­so­ci­a­tion) are de­lighted to launch their 2018 An­nual Con­fer­ence which will take place on Wed­nes­day 21st Novem­ber in the Ci­ty­west Ho­tel, Dublin and Fin­gal SMES are in­vited to at­tend.

This year the as­so­ci­a­tion is mark­ing 25 years and this has in­spired the theme of the con­fer­ence Think 25 – Look­ing ahead for Ir­ish Busi­ness.

Com­ment­ing on this year’s con­fer­ence, ISME CEO, Neil Mcdon­nell said: ‘ISME is 25 years old this year.

‘We’ve put a pretty event­ful quar­ter-cen­tury be­hind us. We’re go­ing to cast a nos­tal­gic eye back to the Ire­land of 1993 at our An­nual Con­fer­ence.

‘But the main theme on the day will be look­ing ahead at the next quar­ter cen­tury.

‘With all that is hap­pen­ing around us, we think the next 25 years will be the most event­ful since we joined the EEC in 1973.

‘Our re­la­tions with North­ern Ire­land, Bri­tain, the EU, the USA, Asia and Africa will be pro­foundly changed. Brexit, an EU where we will be the only com­mon-law mem­ber, a dis­en­gag­ing USA, and a more mus­cu­lar China and In­dia will change the way Ire­land in­ter­acts with the world.

‘It’s go­ing to be a great place to be an SME. Join us in Novem­ber to see why.’

Con­all Ó Mórain will chair this ac­tion-packed day which in­cludes the key­note speech by Ali­son Cowzer, Di­rec­tor, East Coast Bake­house (former Dragon on RTÉ’S Dragon’s Den). Pro­fes­sor of Com­put­ing in DCU and Co-founder of the Re­search Cen­tre for Data An­a­lyt­ics, Alan Smeaton will give the theme ad­dress which will fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy, data and what it means for busi­ness over the next 25 years.

Other high­lights on the main stage in­clude an in­ter­view by Con­all with David Cox, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Fra­grances of Ire­land, an ISME mem­ber since 1993 who will chat about his busi­ness over the last 25 years and plans for the next; and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Sean Han­nick SME Award.

The Great De­bate will close the morn­ing ses­sion with pan­el­lists New­stalk’s tech­nol­ogy ex­pert Jess Kelly, econ­o­mist Jim Power, Dr Kay Hay­wood, Queens Uni­ver­sity and au­thor of Bor­der­ing on Brexit: and Christo­pher Paye, Gen­eral Man­ager at

The panel will dis­cuss what ISME has learned from the last 25 years that can be used to in­spire fu­ture busi­ness.

Af­ter lunch they will be run­ning break­out ses­sions across a va­ri­ety of key busi­ness top­ics, each 30 min­utes in du­ra­tion – full de­tails to be an­nounced soon.

SME is thrilled that this year’s con­fer­ence is spon­sored by Sovy – com­pli­ance soft­ware for SMES, and the me­dia part­ner for the se­cond year run­ning is the Sun­day Busi­ness Post.

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