Thursday, February 21 16:42:32
A clear smart economy message will be communicated next month at Ireland's first National Business Expo, aimed at helping firms to grow using technology.
It is supported by Grant Thornton, Bank of Ireland and VodafoneIreland as digital partners and takes place on Friday and Saturday, 8 and 9th March.
The goal is to help Irish companies use technology to their business advantage, introduce better efficiencies and as a means to upscale.
Technology companies will be able to seek expert advice on growth, finance and tackling important overseas markets. Some of the IT companies involved include Vodafone, Zartis Technology, Magnet, Sage Pay, Big Red Cloud and Typetec.
Technology is now integral to business success across all sectors and Irish companies have local access to some of the best technical brains and systems to fast track business performance. Patrick Burke of Grant Thornton, who works with thousands of SMEs is a firm believer that technology is integral to profit, comments, "We see many companies using technology as a tool to upscale, increase their market share and introduce better customer management systems - smart businesses use smart solutions to address their business needs."
"Ultimately, Irish businesses that drive growth do so because they are relentlessly focusing on their customer needs, they surround themselveswith the right people and ensure technology is integral to all processes in their business."
Vodafone Ireland as digital partner will run a series of mentoring sessions entitled 'Smart StartUp Network' on ecommerce; social media; marketing and business productivity. Claire Reynolds, Small Business Manager, Vodafone Ireland says, "Start-ups are keen to build business knowledge, particularly around how technology can enable growth and so we set up the Vodafone Smart Start Up network in direct response. These sessions will give businesses unique access to advice, equipping them with additional digital skills in areas such as ecommerce and social media."