It was announced today that the 2019 Small Firms Association’s Business Connect event will take place on Thursday, 7 February 2019 in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4.  

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At the event, delegates will hear from experts such as Ibec CEO Danny McCoy on the impact of Brexit on small businesses, as well as larger companies such as Abbott on their successful cooperation models with their smaller counterparts. Kingsley Aikins, founder and CEO of The Networking Institute, will speak on the right pitch and how to unlock that deal. 
Now in its second year, Business Connect is a marketplace event designed to give delegates a window into the decision making and purchasing processes of Ireland’s leading companies. 
Along with informal networking between large and small firms, the 2019 edition of the event will see the introduction of pre-booked facilitated networking sessions between delegates and purchasing decision makers in large organisations. This networking will match purchasers and decision makers in large Irish and Multi-National companies who are actively searching for small firms to provide them with goods and services.
The finalists of the SFA National Small Business Awards will exhibit at the event along with awards sponsors and partners. Business Connect 2019 runs from 8am to 3pm with facilitated networking sessions from 2pm-3pm. The event is compered by journalist Richard Curran.
Commenting on the 2019 Business Connect event, Chairperson of the Small Firms Association, Sue O’Neill said, “We are really excited about our second Business Connect event. As well as best in class speakers and case studies to help small firms better equip themselves to win contracts and work with large customers, our new facilitated networking sessions will pair suppliers with large companies who are actively seeking their services.”