Sunday 26 October 2014

Smile you're in business!

Published 17/10/2013 | 05:26

A winning team: (L-R) Mary Walsh (Cork City Council), Katherine Corkery (SMILE Exchange), Briege Corkery (Cork Ladies Footballer), Ann Marie Walsh (Cork Ladies Footballer), Juliette Murphy (Cork Ladies Footballer), Michelle Green, SMILE Exchange and Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council.

A resource-sharing service for businesses that was founded in Macroom and counts Swedish furniture giant Ikea amongst its supporters is to welcome its 1,000th member at an upcoming networking event at Maryborough House Hotel, on Thursday, October 24.

One of the keynote speakers at the Maryborough Hotel event will be Mark Finnegan, Sustainability Specialist at IKEA, who will explain the ways in which IKEA has benefited from membership of the organisation.

Founded in 2010, SMILE encourages the exchange of resources between businesses to make financial savings, reduce waste going to landfill and develop new business opportunities.

Also speaking at the event, which will be chaired by Sean O'Sullivan, CEO, South Cork Enterprise Board are Atilla Maygar, General Manager and founder of MAMUKKO and Keiron Philips, Green Business Project Manager, Environmental Protection Agency.

"We look forward to welcoming our 1000th member in the coming days and continuing to identify mutually beneficial synergies between them at the upcoming event on October 24," said SMILE Project Manager, Michelle Green.

"In these times, being efficient with resources in business is more important than ever and this event affords an excellent chance for businesses to explore such opportunities. We invite all businesses to come along on the day," she added.

The service is currently available to businesses in the Cork, Clare, Kerry and Limerick regions and membership is free. SMILE stands for Saving Money through Industry Links & Exchanges.

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