Earlier today it was announced that Facebook have joined Ireland’s major SME event YOUR BUSINESS LIVE as co-sponsor. The area of sustained growth for SMEs is central to YOUR BUSINESS LIVE, which will feature a Grow Your Business stage supported by Facebook. YOUR BUSINESS LIVE takes place on October 17th and 18th 2017 in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin.

The SME event is building towards a dynamic showcase of exhibiting companies and organisations with an extensive programme of seminars and workshops on the key topics for the sector – Growth, Finance, Technology and HR and Talent, gathering executives, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, owners and managers from around the country to network, learn and do business.

Facebook, together with Vodafone Ireland, are joint title sponsors for YOUR BUSINESS LIVE.

Ciaran Quilty, VP SMB EMEA, Facebook, sponsors of YOUR BUSINESS LIVE, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Independent News & Media on this event for small and medium businesses. SMEs are the engine of economic growth and important providers of employment in Ireland as demonstrated in recent results from the Future of Business survey by Facebook, OECD and the World Bank which revealed that 17 per cent of Irish SMEs created jobs in the past six months and 24 per cent want to create jobs in the next six months.

“However, attracting customers is the biggest challenge facing SMEs today and we want to help businesses in Ireland use digital and in particular mobile to reach more customers and grow their business. For example, there are now over 43 million people around the world connected to a business in Ireland on Facebook. We want to help Irish SMEs connect with that ever-growing global audience and with customers here at home. We look forward to sharing insights, trends and best practices with SMEs at the Grow Your Business stage at Your Business Live.”

Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor, INM, said securing Facebook as joint title sponsor was a major boost for YOUR BUSINESS LIVE – and the SME sector.

“Small businesses ignore the online world at their peril,” said Ms McDonald.

She continued, “Facebook, with its dynamic SMB studio at the heart of its Irish operations, is using its platform, insights and reach to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ireland aim for global growth and reach their full potential.”

McDonald concluded: “The SME sector is core to INM’s business of reporting on and supporting small business across all our print and digital platforms and we are thrilled to team up with Facebook for YOUR BUSINESS LIVE.”

YOUR BUSINESS LIVE 2017 is supported by Ibec for Irish Business, Small Firms Association (SFA) and Enterprise Ireland, reinforcing the aim of this event to create a new marketplace for the broad range of Irish SME’s – from start-up and micro, to small and medium businesses, as well as export led, across industry sectors. SME’s account for 99.8 per cent of all active businesses in Ireland.

The event will facilitate interaction and collaboration among business decision makers, start-ups, owners and managers, providing the opportunity to showcase innovative new products and services, in addition to gaining industry knowledge and insights. Networking events, workshops and high-level speaker seminars are set to engage a vibrant SME audience.

Please visit www.yourbusinesslive.ie for further information.