Boosting Business Success Conference 2021

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Do you want to grow your business?

Are you looking for new customers and opportunities?

Seeking ways to improve business performance?


The MentorsWork Boosting Business Success Conference is a free half-day virtual conference taking place Thursday 27th May, 2021. The conference supports small business owners not only to do business in the current challenging environment, but to take the next steps forward and grow your business, identify new opportunities, and become even more successful whilst improving productivity.

Brought to you by the Small Firms Association and Skillnet Ireland as part of the MentorsWork initiative, this virtual event helps you look at your business through a variety of lenses; People, Finance & Growth, Business Processes, Digitalisation & Automation – areas all contributing to increasing your bottom line.


Registration for the Boosting Business Success Conference is now closed.

For further information on the MentorsWork programme, please click here.

To begin an application today, please click here. 


2021 Conference Agenda

8.30am – Registration and Virtual Networking Session 


9.00am – Introduction by Conference MC: Anton Savage, Broadcaster and Journalist


9.05am – Welcome Note: Graham Byrne, CEO, Flender Ireland and SFA Chair


9.15am – Opening Address: Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland


9.30am – Digital Driving Performance: Gordon Newman, Go To Market Director, Lifestyle Sports

Leveraging the latest in technology will help any business to stand out from the crowd. It also helps to improve performance and drive the business forward. In this session Gordon Newman will discuss how to boost your business online, the customer journey, and the importance of getting it right. A mix of small businesses will also discuss their digital journeys to success.

Panel Discussion:
– Sonya Murphy-Lyons, Director, Mezzo Music Academy
– Audrey Kirwan, Co-Founder, ConsortiaCo
– Dave Byrne, Managing Director, Dualtron


10.15 – Virtual Networking Session & Exhibition 


10.30 – Effective Leadership: Valerie O’Keeffe, CEO, ClarityVP Consulting

Being an effective leader can be challenging for any small business owner. In this session Valerie O’Keeffe will help companies to spot the opportunity and then understand how to bring along the team. Valerie will also reflect on how the pandemic has affected the dynamic of businesses, the lessons learned, the new now, reality and new opportunities. The latest trends and issues for recruitment will also be discussed.

Panel Discussion:
– Carmel Somers, Director, Carmel Somers Consulting Limited
– Trina Scanlon, Marketing Manager, Hibernian Hotel Mallow
– Barry Prost, Co-Founder, Yala


11.15 – Virtual Networking Session & Exhibition


11.30 – Funding Ambition: Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking Market, AIB

For any business to be sustainable and grow it needs to be adequately funded. Although times are currently challenging, there are plenty of growth opportunities for businesses as we emerge from the pandemic. Catherine Moroney will discuss how businesses can find the right mix to fund for growth. She will also explore the challenges that Brexit brings and how businesses can mitigate against this. A panel of companies will also provide their experience in funding for growth.

Panel Discussion:
– Tony Dignam, Managing Director, The Agile Executive
– Graham Byrne, CEO, Flender Ireland
– Trudie Power, Founder, Trudie’s Kitchen


12.30 – Virtual Networking Session & Exhibition 



MentorsWork – Your Pathway to Business Success

MentorsWork 12-week business-support programme provides targeted supports to help SMEs across Ireland sustain and improve their business.

We know that owning or managing a business can be difficult, with a wide range of challenges to navigate. Ensuring you have the right skills, tools, and competencies to develop your business is a critical process. MentorsWork is here to support you, where it matters most.

MentorsWork is comprised of an integrated approach of mentoring and targeted learning opportunities, including:

– In-depth Online Competency Assessment
– One-to-One Mentoring Sessions
– Unlimited access to Peer-Focused Workshops
– Unlimited access to Expert-Led Masterclasses
– Multiple Licenses to a Curated Online Learning Platform

Click the apply button below now to register and begin your MentorsWork journey to business success.





*Private sector businesses based in Ireland with between 1 and 250 employees are eligible to participate in MentorsWork.