Brexit The Real Implications for Business in Ireland Tuesday 7th March 2017

Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport
Tuesday 7th March 2017
0.7.30am - 09.30am
Enterprise Week

There is no doubt that Brexit poses huge challenges for business in Ireland. But how will it affect your business? In this Brexit breakfast, we bring you some of the leading thinkers on Brexit. They will share their insights and expertise and advise on currency risk, export challenges and the opportunities that Brexit also presents.

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Brexit: The Real Implications for Business in Ireland

Date: Tuesday 7th March 2017

Time: 07.30-09.30

Location: Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport - Old Airport Rd - Cloghran - Co Dublin - K67P5C7.


There is no doubt that Brexit poses huge challenges for business in Ireland. But how will it affect your business?

In this Brexit breakfast, we bring you some of the leading thinkers on Brexit. They will share their insights and expertise and advise on currency risk, export challenges and the opportunities that Brexit also presents.

This lively panel discussion will feature Julie Sinnamon CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Patricia Callan Director of the Small Firms Association, John McGrane of the British Irish Chamber, Simon MacAllister of Ernst and Young, economist Dr Edgar Morgenroth of the ESRI, Anne Reilly CEO of PaycheckPlus and Stephen Malone CEO of Malone Group.

Julie Sinnamon

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Julie Sinnamon is CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30 year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.  

Julie is a member of the Board and Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland and a member of the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, part of the National Treasury Management Agency. She has been recently appointment to the National Competitiveness Council. She is also a Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Limited.

Julie is a business graduate of the University of Ulster, has a Masters in International Business (Fordham and IMI) and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Programme, USA.

Anne Reilly

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Anne Reilly is founder and CEO of PaycheckPlus, award winning Irish and UK payroll outsource service for companies across a range of sectors employing from one to over a thousand employees.

PaycheckPlus calculates payments and benefits, distribute payslips, transfer the funds to employee accounts and file Revenue returns.   They offer additional value-added services including in-house training, consultancy and workshops, redundancy services, foreign exchange and an employee help-line to their clients world-side.

PaycheckPlus are regularly engaged in clients’ boardrooms, building the bridge between Finance and HR departments; guiding them through the payroll process on both sides of the Irish Sea and in international markets to ensure they obtain the best possible outcome for their business. It’s more than just a processing service – it’s the expertise, advice and support of payroll professionals that makes them different.

As a certified company director with the IoD, Anne is a non-executive director with Louth Fund and MicroFinance Ireland and is a lead with Acorns, an initiative of CEDRA for female entrepreneurship support promoting job creation in rural Ireland.

Stephen Malone

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Stephen is chief executive of Malone Group, a project delivery firm specialising in projects in the built environment with customers in the food, drink, pharma and commercial sectors among others. A Chartered Engineer, Stephen held various positions in pharma, beverage and technology multi-nationals gaining extensive experience on client side operations before setting up the business in 1999.  

Since then he has led the growth of the company in Ireland, the UK and beyond, and in his current role is responsible for strategic direction. He is a committee member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a business mentor to indigenous early stage firms.


John McGrane

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John McGrane is Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands and their economies.

He is a retired financial services professional having completed a 40 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland / Ulster Bank Group in Ireland.

His career has spanned substantial initiatives in the enterprise and corporate sectors, both indigenous and foreign direct investment.

He is Founder of NSI Technology, a tech start-up which helps Not For Profits become Not For Losses. He is also a Director at a number of charities.

He retains active roles in the Cultural, Tourism and Trade Development sectors, having served on a number of related Boards and Government Taskforces.

Simon MacAllister

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Simon is a Partner in the EY Transaction Advisory Services team and leads the Valuation & Business Modelling practice. He specialises in providing commercially-focused solutions to listed and private clients internationally and across Ireland. His clients include those in a number of sectors, including aviation, agri-food, telecoms and consumer products.

Simon’s valuation experience includes valuations for financial reporting, taxation, intellectual property, complex securities, dispute resolution/litigation and transactions. Simon has led the development of business modelling solutions for transactions, debt raising, forecasting and decision support. He provides advice on the development of feasibility studies, investment cases and business plans which are robust and able to withstand stakeholder challenge.

Over his career with EY Simon has developed extensive experience across all facets of transactions, including due diligence, M&A and restructuring. He has particular experience in the establishment and negotiation of joint ventures, and understands the challenges associated with successfully agreeing and finalising such structures. Simon previously worked in our London Private Equity team and has also spent time on secondment with clients advising on key strategic issues.

Simon graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters in Business Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Patricia Callan

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Patricia Callan is the Director of the Small Firms Association, “The Voice of Small Business” in Ireland, with responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the Association. The SFA is Ireland’s largest small firm representative organisation, with over 8,500 member companies. Its mission is to be the trusted partner of small businesses in Ireland, to deliver business-focused advice and insights to member companies, influence government policy to the benefit of small businesses and connect its members in a thriving community.

Patricia is a member of the Government’s National Economic Dialogue (NED), the Advisory Group on Small Business (DJEI), the High Level Group on Business Regulation (DJEI), the Public Procurement SME Working Group (DPER/OGP), and the BusinessEurope Entrepreneurship & SME Committee, amongst others. Patricia is also a voluntary Board Director of IASIO (Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders).

Patricia holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Limerick, a BA (mod.) in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Management from DIT, and a Diploma in Employment Law from the National College of Ireland.

Patricia is a previous recipient of the “O2 WMBusinesswoman of the Year” award and the “Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year” award; was featured in the Irish Independent’s list of “Ireland’s Fifty Most Influential Women Business Leaders”, in Business & Finance magazine’s “Who’s Who in Irish Business”, and in "Capital Women of Influence: Profiles of 13 Inspirational Irish Women".


Dr Edgar Morgenroth

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Dr Edgar Morgenroth is an Associate Research Professor and programme co-ordinator for research on communications and transport at the Economic and Social Research Institute where he also leads the macroeconomic modelling team. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association having served as its vice chairman and treasurer.

Dr Morgenroth has wide-ranging research interests including economic growth, international trade, economic geography and public economics. He has been conducting research on the impacts of Brexit since early 2013 and was the lead author of the ESRI report on Scoping the Possible Implications of Brexit.

This event will be hosted by Ian Guider of the Sunday Business Post.

Event Schedule

07.30hrs: Registration & Breakfast

08.00hrs: Seminar Starts (panel discussion)

09.10hrs: Q & A from the floor

09.30hrs: Event ends followed by informal networking

Fee: €10.00

Enterprise Europe Network is pleased to present the Brexit Breakfast Seminar