Theme 1: Into the futureFuture trends, possibilities, directions, opportunitities and business ideas

10:00 AM

Room 3

Westport – the survival of a rural Irish town

by Simon Wall 

Over the past two decades Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day. During this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’. Westport has been a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island, which has contributed to the economic revival of not only Westport but many isolated Western villages along its route. Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and Heritage over the past two decades.

10.40 AM

Room 1

Cracking an overseas market

by Aidan McKenna 

Personal experience & EI perspectives While there is huge focus on Irish companies exporting and diversifying from the UK, companies need to know that it takes time, a lot of work, effort and resources to be successful in export markets. While at Combilift, he grew business on the West Coast of the USA from a very low base to over €5m in two years, also securing the first orders in Middle Eastern markets and developing a distributors network in key markets in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. He will talk about what he considers to be the key to success when trading overseas. While even when we have lots of new tools, data and insights into export markets, people still buy from people and developing strong relationships is key.

11.20 AM

Room 3

Food, drink and sex

by Aran Blackbourne 

How the seaside town of Bangor, famous for being Ireland’s No1 eyesore 2009, will be regenerated.

01:40 PM

Room 2

Innovation: buzzword and business opportunity

by Kitty McCormick 

Kitty will cover what innovation means, how big firms like banks approach it and how small and medium businesses can best position themselves to work with big firms to deliver innovation.

02.20 PM

Room 1

The business of bunkers

by Paul McPhillips 

Paul will talk about how the competition stimulated the creative process which led to the concept of Free-flow Bunkers. He will outline the stages in the product development from design to cardboard prototype and bringing it on to finished product along with the challenges he met along the way.

03.00 PM

Room 3

Future Trends in Social Media – How to stay ahead of the curve

by Gwen Noone 

Are you concerned about what you are doing on social Media - or what you are not doing? Have you adopted to new channels, have you a preference for mobile first? Reluctant to try video? Have a fear of spending money on social media ads? Maybe we should talk!
Theme 2: Once upon a time

10:00 AM

Room 1

Living the dream- The Matthews Coach Hire story

by Paddy Matthews 

In 1995, Paddy Matthews bought a second-hand 16-seat minibus to transport his children and foster children as their saloon car could not cater for their growing family. This was the start of an award-laden and standard-setting journey which the former truck driver describes as living the dream.

10.40 AM

Room 2

A business to thrive in

by Eavan Rooney 

Eavan will share the business journey of Thrive Occupational Therapy Services – the decision to move from London back to Monaghan and start the business from scratch, how the business has grown over the past 3 years, the challenges of rurally based business success and plans for the future.

11.20 AM

Room 1

Skindeep in business

by Dr. Maria McGee 

Maria will describe how long-standing family skin issues, an interest in chemistry and a change of address kick started a second career as an innovator and entrepreneur, resulting in a completely unexpected journey which has proved to be exciting, stressful and satisfying over a 16-year time span.

12:00 PM

Room 3

KEYNOTE: Vincent Browne – Collaborate to compete

by Vincent Browne 

How business success is always a collaborative endeavour, embellished by solidarity.  With examples from family and personal experience.

01.40 PM

Room 1

Fuelling the street food revolution

by Seany McKenna 

Seany will chat about the ups & downs of setting up & running your own business/brand, and what the future might hold for Blasta: Gourmet Street Kitchen

02.20 PM

Room 3

Building a business in healthcare

by Michael Cullen 

Beacon Medical Group was founded in 2002 by Michael and his childhood friends Professor Mark Redmond (Cardio Thoracic Surgeon) and John Delaney (Chartered Accountant) with the aim of advancing Prof. Redmond’s vision of developing state-of-the-art, gold standard medical facilities in Ireland.  There have been many twists and turns along the way, from winning Government Tenders to build more hospitals, to the tenders being cancelled after a change of Government, the banking crisis and other healthcare sector challenges.  Reflecting on the journey to this point, in a sector of the market which is notoriously challenging, Michael will share some of insights into what he has learnt along the way.

03.00 PM

Room 2

Harnessing the power of hemp

by Marcus McCabe 

Marcus McCabe has been pioneering since he started in business in the 90's. He currently runs Hempire Building Materials and KAMA HEMP JUICE based in Clones Co Monaghan. He will talk about his experience and indeed the danger of a good idea and what it has taken to get his business off the ground despite lack of finance, lack of time, his experiences with investors and having to learn to do almost everything in house.

03.40 PM

Room 3

KEYNOTE: Building bridges, not walls

by John McCormick 

Maintaining client focus and stealing market share in uncertain times John will speak about his experience in managing major change and how high-performance individuals, teams and companies compete and win market share in uncertain times, like those we’re in today.  John's style is high energy, interactive and fun. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he does intend to make you think! Note:  John is immensely proud that his daughter Kitty McCormick will also give a talk on ‘Into the future”.  Kitty is currently Head of Innovation at Coutts & Co in London and regularly mentors John.
Theme 3: Mind your people; Mind yourself

10:00 AM

Room 2

From worrier to warrior

by Helen McCrarren 

How often does worry stop you from taking action and achieving your goals. Would you like to learn some simple -energy techniques to release stress, increase vitality and enhance personal performance? This five-minute daily routine revitalizes you mentally physically and emotionally and reconnects you with your inner warrior

10.40 AM

Room 3

I have this goal in mind, but UGH the detail!

by Sinead Devlin 

Sinead Devlin is an expert in maximising the diversity within organisations with a focus on cognitive diversity (which is the difference in people’s perspectives and in the way, they process information). When we harness the different ways in which we think and behave, amazing things can happen.  Focusing on learning and development, Sinead helps her own team to work through their strengths and differences with the result that every individual, team and organisation performs better.

11.20 AM

Room 2

The 5 1/2 mistakes business owners make about people and how to fix them

by Regina Byrne 

In this talk Regina will outline some of the assumptions we make about people and the trouble it causes us at work. She will offer new perspectives and practical suggestions to make small changes that will have a big impact. If having a happier workplace and reducing your stress are priorities for you this talk will help!

01.40 PM

Room 3

Mend a mind – it’s a disorder not a decision

by Orlaigh Flanagan, Eoghan Courtney & Eimear McPhillips 

The Mend A Mind project aims to promote positive mental health and eliminate stigma surround mental illness.  The team have made extensive use of the Arts and social media to promote this message and have had considerable success in doing so at local, national and international level.

02.20 PM

Room 2

Happiness and how to lift your mood

by Barry Connolly 

Barry will discuss ways to help lift your mood and how the way we think can affect us physically and mentally. He will be talking about the benefits of personal development on our health, happiness and success in life.

03.00 PM

Room 1

Workplace wellbeing…..the future of work or millennial spoof??!!

by Declan Savage 

What’s your opinion on table tennis in the canteen? Steps challenges, lunchtime nutrition seminars, mindfulness sessions, back and neck massage, manual handling, fire safety training, the PIAB? Varied, I’m sure. But they all have two things in common – they are delivered through your workplace and they aim to improve your health. What’s more, they’re working. The challenge is making workplace interventions pay for your workplace. Declan will take you through the key success factors when it comes to workplace health.