The National Enterprise Conference held in Clonmel on Friday last saw a range of speakers provide advice on how businesses can develop in the current climate. The theme of the conference was Secrets of Success and the event attracted speakers from the UK and Ireland.
The event was hosted by Clonmel Chamber of Commerce and it attracted a large attendance from across the country.
Jim Miley, CEO of The Gathering, spoke at length about his personal experience of developing the internet start-up website MyHome.ie, as well as giving an insight into the development of The Gathering initiative.
He also helped the Chamber launch their Gathering 2013 event. The event will see up to 80 members of Cambridge Chamber in Ontario come to Tipperary to meet with members of Clonmel Chamber. The September event will aim to develop business opportunities in Canada for Clonmel companies.
One of the most popular speakers was Google executive Cian O’Mongain, who outlined how the tools produced by his company can be used to increase revenue and visibility in a very crowded marketplace.
Dr. Sharon O’Kane, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Manchester spoke of her own personal experiences of establishing a medical devices company, Renovo, and bringing it to a stock exchange listing and then exiting the company.
Margaret O’Connor from Nenagh has won many awards, including an Ulster Bank Business Achiever Award. She spoke about how her family business had developed from a four-person operation to being a nationwide operation with almost 200 employees in 15 locations.
The final speaker was the charismatic Fred Karlsson from internet sensation DoneDeal.ie. He spoke about how his business was developed by necessity and how he had built it to being a website that is now visited 450,000 times a day.
Speaking on the positive nature of the conference, Chamber CEO Brian Cleary remarked “One thing that struck me with every single speaker today was how their companies had all begun simply and how they had all developed their businesses by using a healthy mix of data and gut instinct. The feedback we received was extremely positive. The personal stories of those on stage seem to have resonated with our audience”, he said.