Minister Paschal Donohoe announced Budget 2018 at lunchtime. By tea time the team at www.McInerneySaunders.ie were ready to deliver their analysis to clients and guests.
Every year this dynamic, partner-led firm seeks to provide clients with expert analysis guided by the insights and experiences of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
McInerney Saunders burst through the boring Budget Breakfast format by hosting a lively Budget Day evening reception. Starting with drinks, finger food and lots of great networking, the evening was off to a flying start. Guests then sat back and enjoyed fast-paced #Budget2018 analysis hosted by Terry Prone of The Communications Clinic. McInerney Saunders Partner John Fitzgerald opened the session by delivering the headlines from #Budget18 to the audience. He talked in particular about the implications of the changes in Stamp Duty and the KEEP (Key Employee Engagement Programme).
Terry then turned her attention to a stellar line-up of entrepreneurs and business leaders. The theme of the discussion was “Building a Winning Team“. Jeanne Mahony of Hope Beer talked about how to keep a team focused on a shared goal as you grow your organisation. Sean McLoughney talked about developing a long-term culture of learning within your organisation to help ensure your team are open to and responsive to change. Marc Murphy of Fenergo talked about the importance of leadership and sharing your vision of the organisation with your team to bring them with you. Stephen Malone of Malone Group shared great insights on how internationalisation and Brexit provides opportunities for growth and how lateral thinking is needed to make the most of it. Other topics included both formal and informal training and development, the importance of learning on the job and structured experience programmes to help people transition into new careers and gain experience. There was a widespread welcome on the panel for the KEEP programme announced in the Budget.
Terry took a couple of questions from the floor before she asked Sean McLoughney of www.LearningCurve.ie for his top tips on how to build an organisation that people want to work in and grow. Sean talked about a couple of key questions employers need to ask: Why would people want to work for you? What is it that we working towards? and how are we seeking to achieve it? Thought-provoking questions to wrap up a lively debate.
Managing Partner Owen Sheehy took to the floor to thank the panelists, before drawing winners of the prize packs including gorgeous gift packs of Hope Beer. The evening ended with lots more networking and, who knows, a few new business deals in the pipeline.
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