Small firms to gather at Business Connect 2019

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The 2019 Small Firms Association’s Business Connect event takes place on Thursday, 7 February 2019 in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4.

Now in its second year, Business Connect is an exciting marketplace event designed to give delegates a window into the decision making and purchasing processes of Ireland’s leading companies.

At the event, delegates will hear from experts such as Ibec CEO Danny McCoy on the impact of Brexit on small businesses, as well as larger companies such as Abbott on their successful cooperation models with their smaller counterparts. Kingsley Aikins, founder and CEO of The Networking Institute, will speak on the right pitch and how to unlock that deal.

Along with informal networking between large and small firms, the 2019 edition of the event will see the introduction of pre-booked facilitated networking sessions between delegates and purchasing decision makers in large organisations.

This networking will match purchasers and decision makers in large Irish and Multi-National companies who are actively searching for small firms to provide them with goods and services.

Commenting on the 2019 Business Connect event Sue O’Neill, Chairperson of the Small Firms Association said: “We are really excited about our second Business Connect event. As well as best in class speakers and case studies to help small firms better equip themselves to win contracts and work with large customers, our new facilitated networking sessions will pair suppliers with large companies who are actively seeking their services.”

Speaking for the headline sponsor AIB, Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking said: “We are delighted to support Business Connect 2019. With AIB’s profile of business customers we are very well placed to make the connection between large businesses and small firms. We are also looking forward to sharing our knowledge on how to get your business Brexit ready with a wider audience.”

The finalists of the SFA National Small Business Awards will exhibit at the event along with awards sponsors and partners.

Business Connect 2019 runs from 8am to 3pm with facilitated networking sessions from 2pm-3pm. The event is compered by journalist Richard Curran.


Issued by Elizabeth Bowen, Senior Executive,, 01 6051626/087 188 2951

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