Business Connect networking event a success
 

On 7 February, the SFA brought together 350 small and large businesses together at a special event in the Aviva Stadium. The SFA Business Connect event provides a platform for companies to learn how they can win contracts with larger companies and how to position themselves correctly to deliver value.

 

A packed programme with top class speakers as well as time for networking were the ingredients for an interesting and successful day. Here is a snapshot of the event. 

 

Session 1 - How to stand out from the crowd - prepare your elevator pitch

 

This session brought together two experts in the art and science of what to say, how to say it and who to say it to.

 

We all have a network, but few of us leverage it to its full potential; delegates received practical advice on how to make the most of their existing network and how to expand their network in a practical and useful way.

 

And, every business needs a story to tell and a compelling way to tell it.  This session also gave practical tools on honing your story and delivering it to maximum effect.

 

The session finished with structured round table talks amongst delegates to allow networking, knowledge sharing and development of new connections and relationships.

 

Session 2 - Our connected world post Brexit

 

In this session we explored the opportunities and challenges presenting themselves in the Irish economy in 2019. The speakers and panelists discussed how to be successful in new export markets but also how to get Brexit ready and what Brexit supports are available for SMEs in Ireland. Crucially, we discussed how bigger businesses and SMEs can work together and how businesses owners across the island of Ireland can work together and mitigate some of the impacts of Brexit. We were delighted to welcome a delegation of 30 small business owners from Northern Ireland at the event. They are all members of our sister organisation the Federation of Small Business (FSB).

 

The session finished with structured round table talks amongst delegates to allow networking, knowledge sharing and development of new connections and relationships.

 

Session 3 - Case studies - successful cooperation models between big and small

 

In this session we explored practical, real world examples of successful partnerships between large organisations and SMEs.

 

Case studies were presented in the areas of MedTech, ICT and the legal profession on successful partnerships. Examples were also discussed from Sean Gallagher’s recent bestselling book ‘Secrets to Success’.

 

The presentations of the day can be downloaded here and we are currently working on a report based on the findings of the roundtable discussions. We are hoping to publish the report by mid March. You can view photos of the events on our Facebook page

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