OPEN MINDS TO OPEN MARKETS - Rethinking the SME Market Place: New Opportunities in Europe

1 Oct 2012

Saturday 6th October 2012, 9:30am – 2pm Boole 1, University College Cork

To encourage SME’s to look to Europe as a viable market place, Network Cork in association with the European Parliament is organizing a half day seminar in Boole 1 UCC on Saturday 6th October.

The event will be opened by Sean Kelly MEP and also in attendance will be Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin.   Speakers will include SME’s who will give first hand advice and present their own experiences of successfully doing business in Europe, as well as representatives from various EU and Government bodies who will talk about government and EU support systems.  MC for the event will be Network Cork’s Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, who is Editor of The Cork Independent as well as a regular panelist on TV3’s Vincent Browne Show and contributor on various Newstalk programmes.

After the event there will be a networking lunch, which is open to all and sponsored by the European Parliament.  Booking is required as spaces for this innovative event is limited.  On-line booking and further information is available at



Registration Tea/Coffee Served


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Welcome from Network

Deirdre Waldron, Vice President, Network Cork

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Welcome from European Parliament

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin

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Hand over to MC

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, Network Committee Member, Editor Cork Independent & Newstalk/TV3 Contributor

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Key Note Speaker

Sean Kelly MEP

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Case Study 1

Jim Breen, Pulse Learning

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11:00 am

Case Study 2

Joan Walsh, Partnership Europe

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Case Study 2

Mike McGrath, & Member of EC eProcurement Expert Group

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Available Support/Funding

Katherine Fitzpatrick, Enterprise Europe Network

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Facilitated by Deirdre O’Shaughnessy

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Deirdre O’Shaughnessy

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Lunch & Information Networking


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