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IoD Breakfast Briefing - The Challenges Facing Today's Entrepreneurial Businesses

Privately held entrepreneurial businesses will always be the backbone of every economy in Europe, and middle market companies (turnover €10m - €200m) are the quiet heroes. Typically, these entities are around 40 times larger than start-up enterprises but 30 times smaller than large corporates. They contribute to the generation of substantial income, outputs, innovation and stable employment.

So, are entrepreneurial businesses hostage to national economic conditions, their corporate competitors and the disruption of start-ups in their market – or are the real drivers of their performance, strength and shareholder return within each company’s own control?

Emer O’Riordan and Lorcan Colclough will share lessons of how successful entrepreneurial businesses step back from the all-consuming day to day treadmill of running their business to sharpen their focus on building long-term shareholder value with the behaviours and clarity of their corporate competitors. Additionally, they will demonstrate how entrepreneurial businesses can evaluate their own performance across the key business drivers. 


Registration and tea & coffee from 7.30am with the briefing beginning at 8.00am sharp.

Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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12 Oct
Lorcan Colclough , Partner, Mazars | Emer O'Riordan , Director, Mazars
07.30 - 09:00
Free to IoD Members
The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2
Sponsored by Mazars
Places Available

Lorcan Colclough

Partner, Mazars

Lorcan is a Chartered Accountant and has been an audit partner since 2004. He holds the Chartered Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards and a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. Lorcan is the Mazars Ireland Entrepreneurial Business Leader with an extensive portfolio of clients in the technology, infrastructure and professional services sectors, among others. He has also acted as the reporting accountant on a number of capital market transactions. Lorcan is a former Chairman of the Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants and was the Chairman of the Published Accounts Awards, with ultimate responsibility for recognising and rewarded organisations in Ireland for the quality of their financial reporting.


Emer O'Riordan

Director, Mazars

Emer graduated from UCD with a Masters in Business Studies in 2000, and gained valuable commercial experience while working for Independent Newspapers and Gladedale Group in the UK from 2000 – 2006. Emer joined Mazars in 2007 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant. Emer manages a portfolio of clients that includes large internationally established corporates as well as entrepreneurial businesses in retail and technology among others. Emer has acted for a number of clients in an advisory capacity, including financial reviews, working capital assessments and funding proposals. She has also drafted documents for Chartered Accountants Ireland, as well as stock exchange admission documents. Emer acted as Chair of ACCA Leinster Members’ Network in 2015 and currently sits on the ACCA Ireland technology advisory group


Mazars is one of the leading professional services firms in Ireland. Services include audit, assurance, tax, consulting, financial advisory, corporate finance and financial outsourcing. With 400 staff based in Dublin, Galway and Limerick, Mazars Ireland is part of an integrated partnership with over 18,000 professionals in 79 countries.