YOUR BUSINESS LIVE, a major new event for Ireland's SME sector, was launched yesterday by Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen.
The two-day SME event - which takes place on October 17 and 18 in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin - will gather together executives, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, owners and managers from around the country to network, learn and do business. The event director is entrepreneur Sean Gallagher.
Vodafone Ireland has been announced as a title sponsor for YOUR BUSINESS LIVE supported by Ibec, the Small Firms Association and Enterprise Ireland.
SMEs account for 99.8pc of all active businesses in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the Independent News and Media event, Minister Breen said SMEs employ 70pc of people working in the private sector.
"Central to the Irish economy and job creation, SMEs have shown great resilience and strong growth," he said.