Over 300 companies are gathering at the Aviva Stadium this morning for the Small Firms Association’s (SFA) Smart Business Conference which is sponsored by Vodafone, DeCare Dental, An Post, One4All and SFA Skillnet.
At the Smart Business Conference, the SFA will launch SFA Skillnet, a multi-sector learning network for small businesses that will promote and facilitate workforce learning through subsided training. SFA Skillnet will work with small business owners to develop bespoke solutions to meet existing and emerging skills needs across the sector.
Other discussions will focus on whether Artificial Intelligence is a job changer or job creator, generational change and the future of work. The headline sponsor Vodafone will talk about smart working and delegates will learn from other small businesses on how they transformed their business models using emerging technologies.
Commenting on the event, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill said, "Investment in digitalisation and upskilling by small businesses is needed to enhance innovation, productivity, competitiveness, and to reduce the country’s increasing reliance on multinationals. To address the digital skills deficit in small businesses, this conference will explore the future of work and the future of technology, to learn and expand our understanding of how digitalisation can meet customer demand and add resilience to Ireland’s small businesses."