The venue was the spectacular King Johns Castle in Limerick City and over 100 Limerick Business people attended. No doubt more would have attended if we had the extra capacity! The crowd gathered from 7.30am onwards and were treated to a light breakfast in the spectacular surrounds of King Johns Castle. At about 8am, Carl Widger from Metis Ireland started proceedings by welcoming everyone to the event with a particular welcome for keynote speaker, Neil Pakey, CEO of the Shannon Group.
In keeping with the “Budget Breakfast Briefing with a Difference” theme, the attendees were then asked to make their way upstairs for the first presentation. If the setting for breakfast was good, the setting for the presentations was spectacular with the Castle, Thomond Park and Limerick City providing the backdrop.
Peter Ryan, Tax Partner with Keogh Somers gave a brief overview of the main points that came from Budget 2015. Peter concluded his piece in 15 minutes and without Powerpoint – surely a record for any Budget synopsis. Indeed many of those present commented that it was one of the most engaging Budget presentations that they had ever attended. It should also be pointed out that the audience remained standing throughout which is certainly a change from the usual sit down “full fry up” event!
The audience then moved to another part of the venue to hear Neil Pakey of the Shannon Group deliver his keynote. It was noticeable that during the move across, the attendees engaged with each other and there were a number of business cards passed around. We have anecdotal evidence that business has since been done between two attendees which is being credited to the fluid nature of the event.
Neil Pakey spoke about the success of Shannon Airport over the past few years and the plans for the wider Shannon Group in the years to come. He mentioned for the need for all local business to support Shannon Airport and thanked everyone for their support to date. As a proud Scotsman, Neil couldn’t let the opportunity pass to mention the forthcoming Ireland v. Scotland soccer match. Coming on the day after Ireland’s wonderful draw against Germany, he was on his own thinking that Scotland might get a result!
Peter Keogh, Managing Partner of Keogh Somers then concluded proceedings and everyone was free to leave at 8.45am – again this must be another record for an event like this. Many people chose to stay for another coffee and continue to chat and network with the last guest heading away around 9.30am.
The feedback we have had since the event has been brilliant and as one of our clients said to us …. “you are raising expectations guys …………. I hope you can match them!”
So there’s the challenge – what will we do next?!!
Carl Widger, Co-Founder & Director Metis Ireland