SME Annual Conference 2013

“Making Ireland Work – SMEs Leading the Way”

The Conference for Owner-Managers

 Royal Dublin Society (RDS),

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Friday, 8th November 2013

8.00am – 2.30pm

 Visit:  T: 01 6622755 E:


ISME Members: €110

Additional delegate: €90

Non Member: €190

Additional delegate: €155


Conference Chairman: Matt Cooper, Presenter, “The Last Word”, Today FM, journalist and author.


8.00am                                 Registration.


8.30am – 8.40am              Chairman’s Introduction.

Eamonn Kielty, Chairman, ISME.


8.40am – 9.15am              Branding: Size Doesn’t Matter.

John Fanning, Lecturer in Branding and Marketing Communications, Smurfit Business School.


9.15am – 10.45am           Ireland Post Troika – What lies ahead. 

Dr. Gints Apals, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Ireland.

Tom Healy, Director, Nevin Economic Research Institute.

Prof, John McHale, Chair, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

Conall Ó Móráin, Presenter, “Sunday Business Show”, Today FM.

Q & A


10.45am – 11.30am         Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments.


11.30am – 12.00pm        Working For Ireland.

Fintan O’Toole, Literary Editor, The Irish Times.


12.00pm – 1.30pm           SMEs Leading the Way.

Paula Fitzsimons, Owner, Fitzsimons Consulting.

Ceara McNeela , MD, Asgard Industrial Systems.

Prof. Diarmuid Hegarty, President, Griffith College.

Liam Griffin , MD, Griffin Group.

Q & A


1.30pm                                Exhibition, Networking & Light Lunch