Capitalflow is delighted to be partnering with The Real Deal 2018 which took place on Thursday, 11 October in Goffs, Kildare. This conference focused on critical strategic decisions faced by privately-owned businesses and aims to demystify the options available to SME Ireland. Delegates learned from the experience of some of Ireland’s most prominent business leaders on how to successfully navigate through corporate transactions, and had the opportunity to network with other delegates.

Matt Copper hosted four panel discussions which will cover MBOs, Succession Planning, Funding for Growth and Growth by Acquisition and Integration for SME’s.

Panellists included:

Management Buy-Outs / Buy-Ins – David Bobbett (H&K international), Mike Flanagan(Rennicks) and Tony McEntee (Sam McCauley Chemists).
Succession Planning – Paul Keogh (chairman DCU Family Business Institute), and Caroline Keeling
Funding for Growth – Helen Ryan (EI Director, currently a player in many SMEs and Ex CEO Creganna), David Maxwell (Boojum) and Patrick Waldron (CEO Planet, formerly Fintrax).
Growth by Acquisitions and Integration – Gary McGann (ex-CEO Smurfit), Tina McEnzie (Staffline group) and David Robinson (ex Valeo and currently Associate partner with Renatus).

Speaking about the conference, CEO Ronan Horgan said “We are delighted to have partnered with such a great event. We see the Real Deal event as a key way of raising awareness for SMEs on how they can look at their options to grow their businesses and to hear from those that have successfully navigated this path. As Ireland’s fastest-growing business lender, we understand that it takes all strands of funding to fuel the growth of our of business and to help us make sure we look after our customers with integrity and transparency.

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