FERMANAGH will be the destination for the fifth Irish Biz Party national business conference this week.
The event, which takes place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, on Wednesday October 14 was founded by Bank of Ireland Start up Hero award winner and Tweeting Goddess, Samantha Kelly.
Irish Biz Party is an online community of businesses who advise, guide and promote each other.
Irish businesses come together every Wednesday night on Twitter, using the hashtag #IrishBizParty and through collective cross promotion and discussion, help each other to reach millions of potential customers in just 2 hours.
As well as the weekly Twitter network, Irish Biz Party also have an official membership package, and a very active private Facebook Group where over 3,000 Irish businesses seek and share advice and guidance, support and promote each other.
Samantha believes the success of the conferences to date is down to the organic and natural progression to meeting offline and in person. It is also a great way for new businesses to get involved in the Irish Biz Party community, and can really give them a strong launch pad to grow their business nationwide.
Dublin, Kerry and Wexford have played host to the tribe of businesses, with hugely successful events.
Samantha Kelly said: “The decision was taken to bring the full weight of the Irish Biz Party movement to the north of Ireland. We know that business owners have the same struggles all over the country, and the north west is an area that we felt could greatly benefit from the event, the support, advice, learning and networking opportunities.
“We considered a number of places to host the event, but it was down to the work of local businesswoman, Aine Bermingham, and the support of the local business community, Fermanagh Omagh District Council, and Fermanagh Enterprise, that we chose Fermanagh. There’s a thriving business community here, and we want to offer as much support as we can.
“We’re very excited about bringing the conference here, and I’ve been thrilled by the response both locally and nationally. Fermanagh businesses are embracing this opportunity, and there are businesses from all over Ireland booking tickets, so there’s a fantastic buzz about it already. I’d encourage any business looking for help and support, or a chance to learn and network with fellow business owners, to join us at the event.”
Keynote Speakers on the day will come from across Ireland, the UK and even Europe to share a plethora of expertise, including social media experts, business leaders and pricing experts.
The headline sponsor on the day is IEDR. Donal O’Nuallain of IEDR added: “We’re delighted to be the headline sponsors of the Irish Biz Party conference. It provides a great opportunity for Irish businesses to share knowledge, learnings and network with each other with the goal of growing their business above and beyond what the Irish Biz Party team have already achieved and facilitated to date.
“.ie domains provide an identifiably Irish online presence for businesses so our involvement with the Irish Biz Party is really strong as it allows us to engage with Irish SMEs in a productive and positive environment.”
Local Fermanagh businesses are also getting involved, with the list of sponsors including Inn Stock Services, Monaghan Bros and Corrigan and Co.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are also a sponsor of the event, and are actively encouraging local businesses to get involved.
“It’s important to us that these events are accessible for small businesses, as that’s what Irish Biz Party is all about, so we keep the ticket prices low, and we couldn’t do that without the generosity of our sponsors, which we are very grateful for.” said Samantha.
Tickets for the full day including lunch are priced at only £50 and can be booked online via irishbizparty.ie.