LEADING business journalist Conall O’Morain is to chair a debate in the Kemmy Business School next month.
Entitled Managing Uncertainty in Challenging Times, the event - which takes place at 7.30am on Budget Day, Wednesday, December 5 – is designed to help give businesses a new focus.
Organised by the Limerick Chamber, and sponsored by the Limerick Leader, the briefing will see speeches from chairman of medical devices firm Creganna-Tactx Medical Ian Quinn, and former consultant Dr Michelle O’Dwyer.
Mr Quinn will focus on how his firm went from being a small company to being a multi-national firm which now has bases in three continents.
Meanwhile, Dr O’Dwyer, who investigated business issues in a range of industries across Ireland and Europe, will present a talk on how to innovate in small and medium sized companies.
Regina McNally, a senior lecturer in strategy at the Kemmy Business School, explained that one of UL’s goals “is to increase engagement locally and this is one of the initiatives that KBS is putting forward to connect with local managers”.
“Limerick Chamber has a very similar goal to us in wanting to help local managers to improve opportunities for their businesses to be successful and so it’s a natural alliance. We think that this subject is probably the most important thing on the minds of local managers. It certainly seems like managers are having severe difficulties trying to figure out how to keep their business alive, generate traffic and deliver value for customers in these times,” she said.
Maria Kelly, chief executive of Limerick Chamber, added that “delivering the Business Breakfast series with Kemmy Business School is a strategic fit for the Chamber”.
“We are keen to enhance our service offering to businesses, particularly in the area of facilitating business growth, expansion and the creation of jobs. We believe that the topics covered will give business owners and leaders the inspiration and know-how to take their business to the next level. And, as they are so often time poor, we hope the early morning starts will appeal.”
Mr O’Morain, who will moderate the discussion, is Ireland’s most senior business broadcaster.
An economics graduate, he set up RTE’s Business News in 1984.
He left there to become an institutional stockbroker with ABN AMRO for eight years.
Following this, he moved to start presenting Today FM’s Sunday Business Show five years ago.
The event is free to attend, but registration is crucial.