Guaranteed Irish ‘Better Your Business’ workshop will include speakers Marian Harkin, MEP, Siobhan Donlevy of KPMG and Revive Active’s Dáithi O’Connor

The Guaranteed Irish ‘Better Your Business’ workshop, taking place in Galway this April, aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing businesses, including Brexit. Speakers at the Guaranteed Irish ‘Better Your Business’ this April will include Independent Member of European Parliament Marian Harkin, Siobhan Donlevy of KPMG and Revive Active’s Dáithi O’Connor.

Independent MEP Harkin will discuss the future make-up of business and trade across Europe as Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organization championing 600+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, brings its 2019 ‘Better Your Business’ activation roadshow to Galway on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The Guaranteed Irish Team.

The Guaranteed Irish Team.

The third in a nationwide series of workshops, the Galway event will see businesses from across Connaught gather at the Galmont Hotel to discuss how they can best prepare for and thrive in a post-Brexit economy.

The workshop brings together businesses across a range of sectors – including pharmaceuticals, technology, construction, professional services, food, retail, manufacturing and more – to discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing them over the next twelve months, and the importance of building a compelling brand identity that values Irishness both at home and abroad.

Attendees will learn how best to utilize a variety of tools to benefit and grow their businesses, including advanced marketing, branding and public relations techniques, while Marian Harkin MEP will also discuss how Irish businesses can identify new opportunities for growth following the UK’s departure from the EU.

In addition, the workshops will feature insights from Guaranteed Irish members and panel speakers including:

- Attracting investment to scale your business – Siobhan Donlevy, KPMG

Siobhan Donlevy, Director of Corporate Finance at KPMG, will discuss how businesses can attract external investors, and the role of venture finance in driving business growth quickly.

- Opportunities for Galway – Patricia Philbin, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

Galway will be Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2020, and Patricia Philbin, CEO, will describe the opportunities this will present for local businesses.

- Growing a Sustainable business in Ireland – Andy Tierney, Tierney’s Office Automation

Andy Tierney, Managing Director of Tierney’s Office Automation in Clare, will discuss the importance of increasing brand awareness for local businesses.

- Building a global business with a healthy difference – Dáithi O’Connor, Revive Active

Founder of Revive Active and former EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Dáithi O’Connor will discuss the importance of self-belief and following the right approach in order to build a successful business with strong foundations.

- Attracting people and enterprise to the West – Tomás Ó Síocháin, Western Development Commission

CEO of the Western Development Commission Tomás Ó Síocháin will address what the western counties can do to build businesses and communities.

- Innovation and technological advances in education – Luke Saunders, Studyclix

Founder of Studyclix, an innovative online exam resource for students, Luke Saunders will speak about how the latest technologies can improve educational outcomes and experience.

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, says: “This year brings with it a number of challenges for businesses in Ireland, most notably Brexit, but there are also significant opportunities. We’re working closely with our members to ensure they have all the skills and tools required to capitalize on these opportunities and leverage the Guaranteed Irish symbol – the primary mark of trust and provenance for businesses operating in Ireland today.”

Dáithi O’Connor, Founder of Revive Active, says: “It’s a challenging time for businesses as they face into increased uncertainty with the full effects of Brexit still not yet clear. As an Irish company, Revive Active believes in quality and innovation, and that is why our super supplement range is growing rapidly in Ireland, the UK and online around the world. I look forward to sharing our journey to date and our future plans."

Dáithi O’Connor, Founder of Revive Active.

Dáithi O’Connor, Founder of Revive Active.

Further workshops are planned for Limerick and Dublin over the coming months.

What is Guaranteed Irish?

Guaranteed Irish has over 600 members that make a significant contribution to the Irish economy every year, both in terms of turnover and employment, as well as to their local communities.

The organization considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – evidence of delivering quality Irish jobs, supporting local communities and a commitment to Irish provenance.

Total revenues among its members grew to €26.2bn in 2018, up €350m in just 12 months. Turnover figures for sales in Ireland by member companies also increased last year – rising by 2.3% to reach €11.2bn. Total employment at all Guaranteed Irish member businesses reached 71,390 in 2018, an increase of 43.3% (21,573) on the same figure for 2017. As well as existing members increasing their employee numbers, this figure also reflects the fact that 200+ new members joined the organization last year. Members are also forecasting a further 5.8% increase in employment in 2019.

For more information visit www.guaranteedirish.ie or follow them on Twitter @GuaranteedIrl, Instagram @guaranteed_irish, on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Brid O Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.