ISME 30 Years

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Our highly anticipated 30th-anniversary business lunch at the Clontarf Castle Hotel that initially took place on 17th November 2023, had to be abandoned midway due to unforeseen circumstances. However, in the true spirit of resilience and adaptability, we are delighted to announce the rescheduled event on Friday, 22nd March 2024.

This signature occasion is set to gather around 300 business owners and their staff for an unforgettable experience. Renowned comedian Barry Murphy will provide guests with delightful “Après Lunch” entertainment. Paralympic Table Tennis Player, Motivational Speaker and Actuarial Analyst Colin Judge will give keynote address at the lunch. The rescheduled event holds the promise of being a momentous celebration of our three decades of dedication, persistence, and achievement.

To our members, supporters, and the broader business community, your continued encouragement has been instrumental in our journey. We extend a warm invitation to join us again at the Clontarf Castle Hotel this March, as we come together to commemorate our 30th anniversary, and more importantly, to celebrate the collective strength of small and medium enterprises in Ireland.

ISME remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering for small business, and the rescheduled event is not just a celebration of the past but a testament to the unwavering spirit that propels us into a future filled with continued advocacy, growth, and success. We look forward to seeing members and non-members alike at Clontarf Castle in March.


Tickets are available now!


Celebrating 30 Years of ISME



1993 was a special year for small enterprise in Ireland. It was the year seven business owners,  frustrated with the lack of Government engagement on key business issues, decided to set up a trade association to fearlessly represent the interests of small and medium enterprise owners. Since then, ISME has grown to accommodate over 10,000 direct and affiliated members across all sectors of the Irish economy. Our  representation is particularly strong in professional services, retail, manufacturing, construction, and personal services such as grooming, childcare and nursing homes.

ISME has been by far the most muscular and successful trade association in the SME sector, which is by far the largest part of Ireland’s business demography. Our more recent lobbying successes include last year’s increase in the PAYE threshold to €40,000, the introduction of a statutory offence of perjury, the enactment of the Personal Injuries Resolution Board Act 2022, the introduction of reduced damages for personal injuries by the judiciary, and the enactment of the Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Act 2021 (or “SCARP”), to provide for affordable insolvency resolution for small business. We deliver for small business. We look forward to many more years of lobbying success for Ireland’s SMEs.






You can avail sponsorship opportunity, or a chance to sponsor your branded merchandise at the lunch by contacting

You can include a dedicated message, logo and picture in our commemorative program, which will be available in print as well as in soft copy via QR code, by contacting [email protected] . You can view our previous commemorative program here.

If you would like to be a focal contact to invite members from your local area or county, we can contact members near you and give them your email address to facilitate this.

Lastly, the lunch commemorative program will contain a QR code which will direct delegates to a short commercial bio, detailing goods and services that our guest businesses buy or sell. This is your opportunity to connect virtually with like-minded SMEs and larger businesses with whom you might like to trade with this year. There is no charge for this facility for guests attending the lunch. To add your business, please click on the button below and fill the form or contact [email protected]


For any other queries please contact [email protected]