Business networking conference to focus on helping businesses expand

The CorkMEET business conference will focus on business networking and opportunities for Cork companies when it takes place on Apr 10.

The conference will be chaired by the broadcaster Matt Cooper and the range of speakers includes:

*Deirdre O’Connor, managing director of Goldman Sachs in New York. A native of Cobh, Co Cork, and a graduate of the Cork Institute of Technology, Ms O’Connor has worked with major players in financial services such as JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley;

*Susan Hayes, founder of The Positive Economist, is managing director of Hayes Culleton and author of The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom;

*Bill Liao, who co-founded CoderDojo with James Whelton from Cork, is European venture partner with SOSventures;

*David Levin, a freelance writer who has worked for some of the biggest names in UK entertainment, such as BBC1’s The Voice, and brands such as Adidas.

Speaking about the conference, Lucy O’Donoghue, of CorkMEET 2013 Project Management Team, said, “We are delighted to have such an incredible line-up of world class speakers in Cork for our half-day conference.

“Delegates will be inspired by their personal and professional journeys. They will hear how building a strong contact base through networking and creative approaches towards the use of social media, in particular LinkedIn and Twitter, have helped our speakers progress in their fields.

“CorkMEET 2013 partners are also delighted to announce that up to 50 businesses from Northern Ireland will be travelling to Cork to attend all aspects of the three-day business networking forum.

“The decision to partner with InterTradeIreland, the only organisation which has been given responsibility by both Governments to boost North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland, offers companies on both sides of the border, unique opportunities to source new networks and partnerships during the 3 days of the event,”

The North’s delegates will be joined by representatives of businesses from London, Bristol, and Slovenia.

CorkMeet 2013 is a not- for-profit partnership between Cork County Council and Cork City Council, Cork County and City Enterprise Boards and Cork Chamber and is open to small-to medium-sized businesses from all sectors looking to expand into new markets or finding new business partners.

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