Facebook has been named as a co-sponsor of Your Business Live, the two-day business-to-business exhibition which is being organised by Independent News & Media (INM) and takes place on October 17-18th in the Dublin’s RDS.
Facebook joins Vodafone Ireland as the other joint title sponsor.
“We’re delighted to be working with Independent News & Media on this event for small and medium businesses. 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,” says Ciaran Quilty, VP SMB EMEA, Facebook.
“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. For example, 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. We look forward to sharing insights, trends and best practices with SMEs at the Grow Your Business stage at Your Business Live,” she says.
According to Dearbhail McDonald, group business editor, INM, “Small businesses ignore the online world at their peril. Facebook, with its dynamic SMB studio at the heart of its Irish operations, is using its platform, insights and reach to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ireland aim for global growth and reach their full potential.”
The two-day event is also being supported by Ibec, the Small Firms Association (SFA) and Enterprise Ireland and aims to facilitate interaction and collaboration among business decision makers, start-ups, owners and managers as well as providing the opportunity to showcase innovative new products and services, in addition to gaining industry knowledge and insights.
Photo: Celene Duffy, Sponsorship and Events Business Development at IN&M pictured with Karen Preston IN&M Group Sales Director, Ciarán Quilty Facebook’s Vice President Small and Medium Enterprise, EMEA and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor at Independent News & Media at the Facebook offices in Dublin. Picture credit: Frank McGrath