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New initiative for Irish SMEs

New initiative for Irish SMEs

New initiative for Irish SMEs
July 25
09:00 2017

Crowe Horwath has partnered with Dublin Chamber to create the ‘Pinnacle Programme’, an initiative targeted at businesses with a turnover of at least €1 million and employing 10 or more staff.

The programme aims to support the leaders and owners of Irish SMEs in building lasting value in their businesses ensuring they achieve their full potential. A broad range of themes will be explored from strategy development to tactical approaches on key issues as well as addressing practical considerations in financing, attracting and retaining talent to support the growth phase right through to how value can be, not only built, but also realised through a sale or succession process.

In addition to gaining insights from some of Ireland leading business, corporate finance and tax advisors at Crowe Horwath, Pinnacle Programme participants will also hear from experienced businesspeople who have succeeded in building great businesses both in Ireland and overseas.

The first two of the eight leading businesspeople who will act as mentors have been confirmed as Bob Etchinghan, co-founder and CEO of Applegreen and O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar and Camile Thai founder, Brody Sweeney. Both programme mentors have succeeded in starting and scaling businesses operating both in Ireland and internationally and can deliver key learnings based on their experiences. The new initiative will commence in September and run until March 2018 and is now accepting applications from interested SMEs.

Speaking at the launch, Managing Partner Crowe Horwath, Naoise Cosgrove said, “In an increasingly complex business environment SMEs encounter many challenges in scaling their businesses and their owners and leaders need a particular type of support to achieve growth goals. That’s why we’ve created the Pinnacle Programme in partnership with Dublin Chamber, which is designed specifically for owner-managers of SMEs around the various challenges and opportunities they face.”

Dublin Chamber CEO, Mary Rose Burke added, “While there are many sources of assistance for companies, Dublin Chamber is particularly pleased to partner with Crowe Horwath to create a bespoke programme – which has been developed through extensive research and engagement with our SME members – to address the most relevant themes. This programme is a key member benefit of our network and I’m confident participating SMEs will gain the insight, advice and guidance to help bring their businesses to the next level.”

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