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 – How to attract and retain top talent
How to build a workplace culture that attracts and retains great talent.

Guest speaker: Bob Lee, Founding Director, Great Place to Work UK & Ireland

October 19 – Internationalisation
How to maximise opportunities with cross-border trading and expanding into
international markets.

Guest speaker: Bob Etchingham, CEO, Applegreen

November 9 – Scaling SME businesses
How to prepare, manage and optimise growth in your business.

Guest speaker: Brody Sweeney, Founder, Camile Thai

November 30 – Managing a family business
Optimal strategies, business structures and approaches to succession planning
for family businesses.

Guest speaker: Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings

Spring Series

January 25 – SME funding strategies
Funding landscape and optimal strategies for growing your business.

Guest speaker: John Moore, CEO, 3D4Medical

February 22 – Building lasting value in your business
How to recognise, build and protect value in your business

Guest speaker: Patrick Kennedy, Non-ex Chair, CarTrawler

March 15 – Buying and selling SMEs
Strategies to find value through acquisition and maximise return through disposal

Guest speaker: Michael Holland, CEO, Ampleforth Group

April 12 – Building SME brands
How to build a brand that reaches and resonates with your target market

Guest speaker – Gary Lavin, Managing Director, VITHIT

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.

Expressions of interest for the Autumn series can be sent to

Download summaries of speaker presentations