Business is facing challenging times right now. Energy and fuel costs are rising and margins are being squeezed more and more. SFA is focussed on helping members in this regard, by not only highlighting the costs of doing business for small companies in Ireland but providing practical advice and tips in navigating these challenging times

Our B2B event will bring together our members to learn from each other and hear from those who have expertise in how to save costs and manage the bottom line.

Join us to hear from Tony Dignam of the Agile Executive who will provide practical insights for companies on managing their business in inflationary times. Tony will highlight where cost savings can be made and also where strategic investment can help to improve productivity and help to manage the bottom line.                                                

This will be a great opportunity for networking and as the SFA National Small Business Awards 2023 are underway you will also hear how SFA award winning businesses have grown their business on the back of the awards, their challenges and how they are doing right now.

We will be joined by our awards sponsors and partners. NSAI, Permanent TSB, Enterprise Ireland, One4All Rewards, Bord Bia, .IE, DeCare, Cisco, Sage, SBCI and management training partner Skillnet Ireland.






Registration and networking




Sven Spollen – Behrens, Director, SFA


Tony Dignam, The Agile Executive


Tips from Award Winning Businesses

Philip Noone, Aalto Bio Reagents

Caroline Ashe, KORE Insulation

Shirley O’Kelly, Timbertrove




Event ends



Tony Dignam

Tony is a commercially strong leader who has consistently improved the financial and operational performance of businesses. He is the founder and CEO the Agile Executive, and is using this experience to help small and medium businesses scale through mentoring and training programme as well as adding executive as a service e.g. CFO to SMEs.


He has mentored and/or worked with 20 –25 different businesses directly and has built a network of 80 experienced Associates who have worked with over 1,000 businesses during this time. They are experienced in acquisition, sale, restructuring of, turning around and attracting new business. Tony is a strategic thinker who consistently demonstrates a great capacity for leading change and delivering outstanding results. Career achievements have been delivered through process improvement, employee engagement, integrity, and seeking innovative ways of delivering transformation. He has a passion for business and for sport.     


Senior level executive experience in FMCG, Retail, Food Services, Hospitality, Technology Franchising and Sport across Ireland, US & Europe.


Exprienced Company Director and Company Secretary having been on the board of over 30 different companies.


Start Date September 29, 2022
Time 6.00pm
Duration 2.5 hours
Delegate Price Free
Location Ibec, 84-86 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2