ISME Annual Conference 2017

ISME Annual Conference 2017

3rd November 2017, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

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Join us for ISME’s 2017 Annual Conference which is taking place on Friday, 3rd November in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The title of the conference is 'What’s Your Story? – Driving Business Growth Through Storytelling', and ISME will be asking businesses to look at their own story to see how it can empower them to grow their business.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D. will open the conference, followed by the keynote speech by Michael Cawley, Chairman, Fáilte Ireland with Conall Ó Mórain as chair. Cilian Fennell will lead a storytelling workshop with some SMEs and will demonstrate how storytelling can help them develop and grow their businesses. Telling good stories is key to engaging and motivating an audience, be they customers, investors or staff.

Other highlights of the conference include John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce discussing Brexit; an interview by Conall with Siobhan O’Connor, Managing Director of Codex Office Solutions about her business story; the presentation of the Sean Hannick SME Award; and breakout sessions on GDPR and Brexit. The Great Debate will close the day and includes panellists, Councillor Mannix Flynn, Anne-Marie McNally, Jim O’Leary and Tom Lyons who will hold a lively discussion on the topic “SMEs and New Socialism”.


Attendees can visit over 50 exhibition stands across a range of industries offering lots of opportunities to do business.


What’s Your Story? Driving Business Growth Through Storytelling.

Friday, 3rd November at The City West Hotel, Dublin

Conference Chairman: Conall Ó Moráin, Presenter, “The Sunday Business Show”, Today FM.

8.30 - 9.20

Registration, breakfast, exhibition & networking

9.30 - 11.30

Opening the conference: Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation

Chairman’s address: Ciaran Murtagh, Chairman, ISME.

Keynote Speech: Michael Cawley, Chairman, Fáilte Ireland

Crafting Your Own Story – Storytelling Workshop Cilian Fennell, Director, Stillwater Communications

The Sean Hannick SME Award Presentation

11.35 - 12.15

Breakout Sessions: How to prepare for GDPR. Niall Rooney, FP Logue Solicitors

Is Your Business Brexit-Ready?Mark Sterritt, Brexit Advisory Services Manager, InterTrade Ireland

1.20 - 3.00

Brunch, Exhibition & Networking.

"Brexit - Three-and-a-Half Steps to Turn Threat into Opportunity" - John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce

In Conversation with Siobhan O’Connor, Managing Director, Codex

The Great Debate: SMEs & New Socialism

Mannix Flynn, Councillor

Jim O’Leary, Economist & Columnist

Anne-Marie McNally, Political Director, Social Democrats

Tom Lyons, Deputy Editor, Sunday Business Post

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