• Economy, productivity and SME assistance to be focus of sessions. • Local business can benefit from expertise. • Jim Power to address Briefing Sessions.
ISME, Monday 19th January 2015.
ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, today (19th January), announced its Spring Business Briefing Sessions for SMEs, to be held throughout the country over the next month. Aimed at owners and managers of small and medium businesses, the Briefing Sessions promises to give sharp, practical and vital insights into the economy and assist SME owners in growing their business.
Launching the Briefing Sessions, ISME Chief executive Mark Fielding said “we are pleased to have economist Jim Power and Shane Hughes of Lean Unlimited with us to discuss the economy, competitiveness, productivity and profitability. The three hour sessions (funded by Skillnets) are ideal for the busy, time-poor, business person, who will come away with new ideas to boost their business as well as practical new tools and templates to guide them to profit”.
“It is essential for SMEs to have an understanding of economic trends and how they can affect business prospects. Jim Power has a knack for explaining the dark art of economics in a way that business people can understand. His session is a must for owners and managers.
Companies that engaged in ‘Lean’ business programmes have shown an increase in annual productivity value of the order of €37,000 per employee, based on sales per employee. The analysis also revealed that the increase in productivity was not at the expense of jobs, where the Lean programme had a 40% positive impact on sales and employment 11%. Shane Hughes will show how this can be achieved.”
The Briefings will also include two practical sessions on Employment Law changes and Sources of Assistance for SMEs by ISME CEO Mark Fielding.
“These free sessions have been designed to give sound practical advice and to stimulate ideas on how to manage successfully and profitably, with the added bonus of templates to take away for practical use in day to day business”, concluded Fielding.