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Looking ahead more important than ever for SMEs


  • ISME National Conference will host lively Business after Brexit session
  • Speakers include Dr. Katy Hayward, Grant Gilmore (InterTradeIreland), Jonathan McMillan (Enterprise Ireland) and Oliver Hateley (FSB)

ISME, the Irish SME Association will be holding its 25th Annual Conference Think 25 – Looking ahead for Irish Business next Wednesday November 21st in Citywest Hotel, Dublin. During the conference, the Association will host a discussion on Business after Brexit as part of the conference theme of looking to the next 25 years. The more immediate future will have greater implications for SMEs.

Speaking today (16th November) ISME CEO Neil McDonnell who will participate in the Brexit session at the conference stated:

“One of the most sensitive break-out sessions on the day will be the Brexit session. Theresa May defined three potential options around the draft agreement, ‘My deal, no deal, or no Brexit.’

We will explore the implications of these, and whether there are other potential options available.

Is there time for a renegotiated deal before 29th March? Is there a possibility that the UK would ask for an extension of Article 50? We will also look at the winners and losers from an SME perspective. Who is likely to gain from the UK departing the EU, and who are the definite losers?”

 The speakers in this session are Dr Katy Hayward who recently contributed to the House of Commons Select Committee on exiting the European Union; Oliver Hateley who acts as the EU and International Affairs Advisor at the UK Federation of Small Businesses (FSB); Grant Gilmore of InterTradeIreland who has recently taken over responsibility for the Brexit Advisory Service; and Jonathan McMillan, who was appointed in May 2018 to head up Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit Unit.

Full biographies of all the speakers can be found here.


For further information, please contact

Wayne Tobin, Press, Policy and Research Officer

T: 01 6622755

E: [email protected]


Notes to the editor:

  1. ISME should be referred to as the Irish SME Association.
  2. Please feel free to use the accompanying image in publications or on social channels.
  3. The full programme for the day can be found here.