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Dr Briga Hynes, Chairs All Ireland Business Summit and Business All-Stars Awards 2018

 Showcasing Irelands Entrepreneurial Talent – All Ireland Business Summit and Business All-Stars Awards 2018
All Ireland Business Summit 2018 organised by Mespil Ireland played host to the most prominent entrepreneurs in the country at Croke Park last week. The Summit- a national forum for SMES focuses on knowledge sharing, facilitating new business relationships and the continued improvement of business standards in Ireland.  There was a 1000 strong audience from all 32 counties ranging from SMEs, financial institutions, regulatory agencies and venture capitalists.  
The Business All-Stars competition final was one of the key elements of the Summit. The All Stars competition is designed to identify, recognise and accredit Irish entrepreneurs that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months. Divided into 21 categories, ranging from All-Stars New Business to All-Star Innovative Business, the line-up of applications (close to 700) reflected a diversity of industry sectors, comprised  of emerging, early start up and established SMES with different business models.
Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School, UL, had responsibility for chairing  the overall Judging Panel, said that this year’s competition saw entries from a diversity of entrepreneurial activity across all industry sectors from those tapping into timely high tech and digital sector, food and drinks firms to social enterprises who are solving local unmet needs.
She also commented on the high standard of quality of the applications demonstrated an ability to innovate quickly and had highly impressive growth outputs and plans which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of Irish entrepreneurs. These applicants bring a real inspiration for what is possible in business in Ireland and provide important role models for the many aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small firms.
Further details of the Summit and the All Star Awards is available from Briga Hynes at Briga.Hynes@ul.ie or www.MespilGroup.com
Picture shows Dr. Briga Hynes presenting Audrey Gaffney of Audrey Gaffney and Associates with the Best All Star Female Led Business 2018 award and Siobhan O’Connor of Codex sponsors of this award.