Ciarán Quilty, VP SMB EMEA at Facebook, commented: “SMEs are the engine of economic growth and important providers of employment in Ireland as demonstrated in recent results from the Future of Business survey by Facebook, OECD and the World Bank, which revealed that 17 per cent of Irish SMEs created jobs in the past six months and 24 per cent want to create jobs in the next six months.
“However, attracting customers is the biggest challenge facing SMEs today and we want to help businesses in Ireland use digital and in particular mobile to reach more customers and grow their business. There are now over 43 million people around the world connected to a business in Ireland on Facebook. We want to help Irish SMEs connect with that ever-growing global audience and with customers here at home.”
Grenke Ireland is sponsoring the Finance stage at the event. Grenke provides tailored financial leasing and invoicing services, enabling small and mid-sized businesses to lease equipment, instead of purchasing and tying up valuable capital.
Managing director Justin Twiddy commented: “The event promises be inspiring and innovative and we look forward to all it has to offer and working with thought leaders as part of the best Irish entrepreneurial, leadership and financial event this year.”
Photo: Ciarán Quilty with Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor at Independent News & Media. (Pic: Frank McGrath)