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Top business people plan to discuss boosting economy

SOME of the most prominent business people in the country will meet in Dublin next week to discuss how innovative business practices can boost the economy and increase jobs.

The Irish Centre for Business Excellence Network (ICBE) will hold its annual conference on April 18 and 19 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The conference will look at how business can improve operations, innovation and leadership and development skills, and the ICBE has developed a programme around improving those skills.

ICBE chief executive Pat O'Connor believes developing business practices are crucial to companies improving their bottom line, particularly in multinationals and large indigenous companies.

"Now, more than ever, business leaders are talking to each other about how -- by adopting new approaches to what we do -- they can really make a difference and by making a difference, this in turn leads to growth and growth leads to jobs," he said.

"Our whole ethos is about sharing knowledge and best practice and this conference is a unique opportunity for many companies and organisations to listen to leaders in their chosen fields," he added.

Speakers at the event, which is backed by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, include IBM Ireland managing director Peter O'Neill and Dell Ireland general manager Dermot O'Connell. More details at www.icbe.ie

Irish Independent