Small business to gather for Smart Business Conference

Thursday, 2 May 2019

  • Investment in digitalisation and upskilling needed
  • SFA launches SFA Skillnet to address skill gaps amongst Irish small businesses

Over 300 companies to gather for the Small Firms Association’s (SFA) Smart Business Conference this morning at the Aviva Stadium. Ahead of the event, sponsored by Vodafone, DeCare Dental, An Post, One4All and SFA Skillnet, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair, said "Investment in digitalisation and upskilling by small businesses is needed to enhance innovation, productivity, competitiveness, and to reduce the country’s increasing reliance on multinationals”.

“To address the digital skills deficit in small businesses, this conference will explore the future of work and the future of technology, to learn and expand our understanding of how digitalisation can meet customer demand and add resilience to Ireland’s small businesses”.

At the Smart Business Conference, the SFA will launch SFA Skillnet, a multi-sector learning network for small businesses that will promote and facilitate workforce learning through subsided training. “SFA Skillnet will work with small business owners to develop bespoke solutions to meet existing and emerging skills needs across the sector. The SFA is proud to deliver training that will supply the future skills essential to boost competitiveness and ensure sustainable growth within our sector”, Sue O’Neill continued.

Other discussions on the day will focus on whether Artificial Intelligence is a job changer or job creator, generational change and the future of work. The headline sponsor Vodafone will talk about smart working and delegates will learn from other small businesses on how they transformed their business models using emerging technologies.


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The Keynote address will be delivered by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, at 10am.

Full details of the SFA Smart Business Conference, including an agenda, are available:

Event photographs will be released Julien Behal, Julien Behal Photography,

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The SFA proudly represents a diverse membership of businesses with less than 50 employees; homegrown and spanning every sector of our economy. Our members can be found in every town and every city in Ireland.