Shar­ing the se­cret of busi­ness suc­cess with oth­ers

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A unique event which sees prom­i­nent and suc­cess­ful Ir­ish en­trepreneurs share their se­cret suc­cess tips with small and medium firms is get­ting the Hol­ly­wood treat­ment.

The Xchange - a mix of men­tor­ing and net­work­ing held over 24 hours - has the sin­gle aim of shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and sto­ries of suc­cess with par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses, so they leave bet­ter equipped to tackle the chal­lenges fac­ing them.

This isn’t an­other ‘startup’ get to­gether: it’s for peo­ple who are al­ready run­ning good busi­nesses across Sligo and the North West; prob­a­bly do­ing a lot of things right, but other things not so well.

The Xchange al­lows busi­ness own­ers to en­gage with a group of suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs and ex­ec­u­tives, pick their brains and, dur­ing ex­clu­sive one-on-one ses­sions, ask them for ad­vice, tips, short­cuts, goal-set­ting and their dos and don’ts.

This year’s Xchange will fea­ture Paul Young, the co-founder of the two-time Os­car-nom­i­nated Car­toon Sa­loon in Kilkenny and ac­claimed film direc­tor Conor McDer­mot­troe, whose lat­est film ‘Ha­lal Daddy’ was re­leased ear­lier this year, star­ring Art Ma­lik, Sarah Bol­ger and Colm Meaney.

The pair will share their sil­ver screen se­crets and of­fer busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs key in­sights into top­ics in­clud­ing the busi­ness of fundrais­ing and han­dling in­vestors.

The Xchange, which is now in its fourth year, takes place this year on Oc­to­ber 5 th and 6 th 2017 in The Radis­son Blu Ho­tel, Ballincar.

It is now open for com­pa­nies to reg­is­ter their interest at www.thex­change.ie/ap­ply

Other at­ten­dees in­clude Pro­gramme Direc­tor of the EY En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, Sean Duffy, CEO of Lo­tusWorks Fer­gal Broder, serial en­tre­pre­neur and Tick­et­mas­ter founder Tommy Hig­gins, Grainne Kelly of Bub­ble­bum and Emma Coogan of Ar­tic­u­late.

As well as a gala din­ner on Oc­to­ber 5 th, par­tic­i­pants will be treated to a talk by mo­ti­va­tional speaker and net­worker Kings­ley Aikins of Dis­apora Mat­ters. Break­out ses­sions will cover top­ics such as Brexit, lead­er­ship and mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lo­tusWorks CEO Fer­gal Broder said those at­tend­ing would reap real benefits.

“The Xchange is about bring­ing es­tab­lished en­trepreneurs into a set­ting to meet with suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs.

“We love do­ing what we are do­ing but in­evitably we face chal­lenges.

“This event al­lows us to share sto­ries and learn from mis­takes oth­ers made.

“A prob­lem shared is prob­lem halved. If you are fac­ing chal­lenges in grow­ing your busi­ness, don’t miss this unique op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from the in­sights and ex­pe­ri­ences of oth­ers in an in­spi­ra­tional, high en­ergy and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Ian Bran­ni­gan, head of the West­ern Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion ( WDC), said: “Pair­ing emerg­ing busi­nesses with some of the most suc­cess­ful busi­ness lead­ers in the re­gion is a recipe for suc­cess.

“Rather than the Dragons’ Den, this has been a real ‘Dragons’ School’ for nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­ing busi­nesses in the West­ern re­gion.”

Ai­dan Doyle, CEO of Sligo Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, said: “This is re­ally a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for sea­soned and emerg­ing en­trepreneurs to share knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence while pro­mot­ing the re­gion as a place in which to do busi­ness.”

Paul Young (above) and (be­low) Ai­dan Doyle, CEO Sligo Cham­ber Karen Sweeney, West­ern Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and Tick­et­mas­ter founder Tommy Hig­gins

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