Navigating the Crisis: Where to for SMEs? (Online Innovation Seminar)

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM GST

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM GST

The All-Island Innovation Programme is an InterTradeIreland funded programme established to promote and encourage innovation across the island.  

In this is a unique event, the all-island innovation programme is bringing perspectives from two different institutions to discuss the SME response and recovery from the pandemic.


Dr. Lawrence Dooley, UCC and Dr. Adam Frost, QUB, will go head-to-head to examine the implications of the Covid-19 crisis for the SME community. They’ll discuss how small firms can re-start, re-open, and face a new reality. Crucially they’ll also focus on future opportunities. 


InterTradeIreland’s approach is building value through collaboration - to increase opportunity and mutual economic benefit. This webinar will offer insight and practical advice that listeners can apply to their business now.  

In this innovation session, Dr. Lawrence Dooley, UCC and Dr. Adam Frost, QUB examine the implications of the Covid-19 crisis for the SME community and the broader economy. The speakers will discuss:

•Challenges that SMEs will face when re-opening operations;

•Steps that management can take to aid the re-start and adapt to the new reality;

•Supports available to nurture SME transition ;

•Opportunities that may emerge for SMEs as a consequence of this 'unwelcome' disruptive shift to the global economy.


This online session will go live on June 17th 2020 at 11am via webinar.   While free to attend, it is necessary to register in advance through the link


We look forward to your attendance and hope that your families and business are keeping well in these challenging times.


Detail of speakers

Dr Lawrence Dooley has been at University College Cork (UCC) since 2004, prior to joining UCC he was based at the Centre for Enterprise Management in the University of Dundee, Scotland. He undertook his doctoral thesis entitled 'Systems Innovation Management' at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His core research interests focus on organisational innovation and issues related to inter-enterprise collaboration and the SME sector. He has published a widely over recent years and actively liaises with industry both through applied research projects, consultancy and research master classes.


Dr Adam Frost is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Queen's University, Belfast. He has previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in Small Business Management and Enterprise at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Dr Frost obtained his PhD in Business Management, MSc in Management Research and BSc in Human Psychology and Sociology all from Aston Business School. Dr Frost's teaching and research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, small business management as well as issues around responsible business practices in smaller firms. Dr Frost has several years' experience working within the third sector. In these roles he has engaged with a wide number of businesses (especially SMEs) in a number of initiatives to assist businesses with their long-term sustainability.

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University College Cork

The InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island of Ireland. A series of free innovation lectures, seminars and masterclasses are held throughout the year to share international best practice in areas of innovation. The Programme is delivered in partnership with InterTradeIreland, Queen’s University Belfast, NUI Galway, Dublin City University and University College Cork.

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