Joint ESRI/Department of Finance conference — Trends in SME investment and financing

This event has been postponed until further notice.

This joint event between the Department of Finance and ESRI will discuss research that reviews trends in developments in Irish SME investment and financing. The research will be drawn from the ESRI/Department of Finance Joint Research Programme on Macroeconomics, Taxation and Banking.

The conference programme will include speakers from the ESRI, the Department of Finance, the European Investment Bank and other organisations.

Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, will open the conference. 

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Conference Programme

8.30

Registration and Coffee

9:00

Introduction

Alan Barrett (Director, ESRI)

9:05

Opening address

Paschal Donohoe (TD, Minister for Finance)

Session 1

Monitoring investment trends in Irish SMEs

9:30

Trends and developments in SME investment

Conor O’Toole (ESRI)

10:00

A European perspective on Irish SME investment

Pedro de Lima (European Investment Bank)

10:30

Tea & coffee

Session 2

Financing Irish SMEs, vulnerabilities and challenges ahead

Chair: Eric Gargan (Department of Finance)

11:00

Recent highlights from the credit demand survey

Leona Cantillon (Department of Finance)

11:20

SME financing across Europe: Structural change and legacy issues

John McQuinn (Central Bank of Ireland)

11:40

Brexit and the challenges ahead for Irish SMEs

Martina Lawless (ESRI)

Session 3

Chair: Emma Cunningham (Department of Finance)

12:00

Roundtable discussion

Participants: John Trethowan (CRO), Nick Ashmore (SBCI), Eoin Christian (Grenke and NBFI), Des Carville (Department of Finance) and Sven Spollen-Behrens (Small Firms Association).

12:50

Conference close