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ISME Roadshows 2019




ISME will be bringing a series of Roadshows around the country during 2019. The Roadshows will provide an opportunity for businesses to network and enjoy talks and discussions from a selection of speakers. Admission to all of these events will be complimentary.

The sixth event will take place on Tuesday 2nd July in The Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone. This event will be held in partnership with Jobs.ie .

Register for the event here:

Schedule for the day: 

7.30am – 8.00am Networking & breakfast

8.00am-8:15am  Neil McDonnell, ISME CEO, SME Lobbying, key issues for business & how ISME can help you.

8.15am- 8.20am Peter Boland, Alliance for Insurance Reform – Are spiralling insurance costs affecting your business?

The Alliance for Insurance Reform is a representative group formed with the sole objective of reducing spiralling insurance costs in Ireland to sustainable levels. Director of the Alliance Peter Boland has been campaigning intensely on this key business issue for over a year now and will give an up-to-the-minute briefing on the latest developments and an informed view on what SMEs can expect from their insurance bill over the next 2 years.

8.20am – 8.30am Safann McCarthy, European Marketing Director, The Saongroup – Recruitment for SMEs

Jobs.ie are working closely with SME’s to help them grow their businesses by providing them with a steady stream of talented and motivated candidates, with tailored offerings for ISME Members. Safann will share her thoughts and ideas on how SMEs can recruit and retain staff.

8.30am- 9.00am  Business After Brexit Panel Discussion

Moderator: Neil McDonnell

Paul McMahon, Principal, McMahon Legal

Paul McMahon is the principal of McMahon Legal, solicitors, tax and legal consultants (mcmahonlegal.ie). Paul has practised as an Irish solicitor, an England and Wales solicitor and a tax consultant for many years, advising small to medium-sized businesses in a wide range of sectors. McMahon Legal is a member of Intertrade Ireland’s Brexit Start to Plan Voucher panel. He advises businesses in all sectors in relation to the risks and opportunities that Brexit brings for Irish business. Paul has written and published Brexit (An Irish Guide) (brexitlegal.ie) which is a comprehensive free website about Brexit for Irish business.

Derek Dunne, Custom Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group

Derek Dunne is the Customs Compliance Manager for the Quality Freight Group. Having worked with Customs issues for over thirty years he is well placed to evaluate and navigate the potential challenges of Customs compliance post Brexit. Derek has worked with several companies helping them to achieve Customs Approved Economic Operator over the past number of years.

Robert Keane, Regional Sales Director, Close Brothers Commercial Finance

Robert had worked for 14 years as a Manager in AIB Business Banking before joining Close Brothers Merchant bank in 2013. His current role is Regional director. Robert manages the asset finance teams operating in Munster and Connaught. Close Brothers place a strong emphasis on relationship banking, meeting customers on site and listening to the expertise of the people who know the business best, the owners.

The Roadshow continues after Athlone in the following locations:

Kilkenny,  Waterford, Letterkenny,  Dublin – dates and venue tbc 

Email your interest for these events to marketing@isme.ie