Launching our SME Pinnacle Programme

Mary Rose and Naoise Cosgrove SME Pinnacle Programme - Crowe Horwath Ireland

Helping ambitious SMEs reach new heights

Crowe Horwath, in partnership with Dublin Chamber, has developed a new initiative aimed at supporting Irish SME owners called the Pinnacle Programme. This programme has been devised and developed in conjunction with the Chamber’s SME member base.

This innovative programme is built around a series of interactive lunchtime networking and thought leadership sessions where owners of Irish SMEs can share insights and personal experience across a range of opportunities and challenges that SMEs currently face.

The programme will be split into an Autumn 2017 series and a Spring 2018 series and will explore eight key themes that have been identified in conjunction with SME business owners as being the pressing issues facing Irish SMEs today.

Autumn Series

September 14 – Internationalisation strategies
Opportunities and challenges with expanding operations abroad and getting Brexit ready.

October 19 – Building your brand
How to prepare, manage and optimise growth in your business.

November 9 – Scaling your business
How to identify, target and build loyal customers to grow your business.

November 30 – Managing a family business
The best approaches to managing a family business through the generations.

Spring Series (Dates TBC)

Finding and nurturing top talent
Strategies to find, develop and retain high preforming senior talent in your business

Building lasting value in your business
How to recognise, build and protect value in your business

Funding your business
How to access the right finance to fund growth or support your business

Acquiring and selling businesses
Strategies to find value through acquisition and maximise return through disposal

This programme is open to:

  • SME owners who are members of Dublin Chamber
  • €1+ million turnover
  • 10+ employees
  • 3+ years trading

The programme is targeted at owner-mangers of SME businesses operating in Ireland. Typically these owners face challenges related to the owners’ trap – ie: they become so integral to the day-to-day running of their business that they struggle to find the time to strategically analyse the business from an objective view or to recognise and capitalise on wider business opportunities.

This is a collaborative programme where participants can share both challenges and solutions and build a peer support network to help them on their journey. Numbers in each session will be limited to maximise engagement and exchange of shared experiences.

Each session will be led by a well-known keynote speaker from the SME community, who will share their experience and knowledge, alongside Crowe Horwath who will provide expert analysis and insight on the theme being discussed.

Guest speakers already announced:

  • Bob Etchinghan, co-founder and CEO, Applegreen
  • Brody Sweeney, founder, Camile Thai

More speakers to be announced soon

Applications will open shortly for the Autumn Series. Expressions of interest can be sent to