A Lookback on 2016's Annual Conference

The 2016 ISME Annual Conference, sponsored by Post Logistics, took place in a busy RDS on Friday 11th November. ISME Chairman James Coghlan discussed how appropriate the theme Challenging Times - New Opportunitieswas, in light of recent world events including Brexit and the Trump election. He pointed out that while these events will of course provide huge challenges to SMEs, they also “open an undiscovered country of opportunity for those willing enough and creative enough to explore it”.

The keynote speaker was Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, who had many inspirational words about overcoming challenges to impart to all in attendance. He asked delegates to “Look at the industry you are in, look at the factors that are moving it, what are the external factors that control it, can you create some sort of niche in that industry that makes a difference to you, because you have got to change, standing still is not an option”.

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