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Full programme for 2018 Annual Conference announced

ISME, The Irish SME Association have today released the full programme for their 2018 Annual Conference which will take place on Wednesday 21st November in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. This year the association is marking 25 years and this has inspired the theme of the conference Think 25 – Looking ahead for Irish Business.

The Conference will be opened by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Heather Humphreys TD. 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 with David Cox, CEO 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 Jess Kelly – Newstalk’s technology expert; economist Jim Power, Dr Katy Haywood, Queens University and author of Bordering on Brexit, Christopher Paye, General Manager at Jobs.ie and Tom Lyons, Executive Editor, Sunday Business Post. The panel will discuss what we have learned from the last 25 years that can be used to inspire future business.

After lunch we will be running breakout sessions across a variety of key business topics including Business after Brexit, PAYE Modernisation, Smart Working – How it is changing business?, The Future of Work & Learning and Growing your Business with Tendering, each 30 minutes in duration.

The conference will offer lots of opportunities throughout the day for delegates to visit the exhibition area of over 50 exhibition stands across a range of industries; network with fellow business people and do business – at breakfast, mid-morning break and lunch.

There are many ticket options for delegates – a full day ticket for all the events or individual tickets for the Morning Session or for the Breakout Sessions starting from €35 p.p. Click here to book now.

The full conference programme is available here.