The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) recently hosted their annual Women in Business evening in partnership with Ulster Bank’s Business Women Can, at the CPA headquarters in Dublin.
A diverse group of Business women attended, representing various sectors of the economy. Speakers included Susan Hayes, Managing Director of Hayes Culleton, Paula Fitzsimons, Director of Going for Growth and Samantha Kelly, author and founder of the #Irishbizparty networking group.
Addressing the topic, Positive Outlook, Positive Business, Susan Hayes examined the Irish economic picture, ever shifting events in Greece, and a variety of hugely impactful questions that need to be considered in light of the upcoming referendums of Britain leaving the European Union. “With international economic focus trained on Greece, there has been little discussion about the implications of a Brexit – which would have an immense impact on international trade and the global balance of power; for example what would be the future of Northern Ireland, ,the shape of the Eurozone, the UK’s position at the G7 table and the EU’s influence on super-national economic relations?”
Paula Fitzsimons, Director Going for Growth, spoke about the importance of pushing out the boundaries to build business and also the role that a trusted financial advisor can play, “Early stage entrepreneurs turn to their accountants most frequently as a trusted source of advice, according to previous Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research. For this reason accountants are a key resource in the entrepreneurial eco-system, assisting entrepreneurs to start, develop and grow sustainable and competitive businesses. I welcome the fact that this evening the CPA Ireland is shining a spotlight on female entrepreneurs to encourage its members to play their part in supporting women not only to start more businesses but to aim for and achieve ambitious goals.”
Samantha Kelly spoke about her journey with the #irishbizparty and encouraged delegates to ‘engage, interact and assist others’. Samantha is an avid user of social media and has built a real and tangible online brand and profile for herself, with almost 23,000 followers alone on Twitter!
The event was chaired by Ulster Bank’s Emma Chapman who commented ‘ Events such as this are a great way for like minded businesses to connect with each other, share ideas and we at Business Women Can, are delighted to support and partner on such initiatives’