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Line-up finalised for ESOD18

By May 16, 2018No Comments

Conference to focus on both private and public companies

The timetable for ESOD18 is finalised! You can view it here. This year we are dividing the conference to cover share ownership across both private and public companies operating in Ireland. The first half of the morning will be all about share remuneration in private companies – start-ups and SMEs.

Our main sponsor LK Shields will open the morning with a presentation on what is available at present for private firms via Irish legislation, most notably the new Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP). This will be followed by a panel discussion covering share remuneration in companies of varying sizes.

IPSA Chair Nigel Derrick and CEO Gill Brennan

The largest private employee owned company in Ireland,  PM Group, will be represented on the panel; as will one of the fastest-growing tech companies in Ireland,; one of the largest pan-European venture capital firms, Draper Esprit, will be there representing the start-up community, and of course LK Shields.

Following this discursive morning, we will have our keynote session, Brexit Proofing? Employee Share Ownership in UK Private firms. This session will be driven by the leaders of the employee ownership associations across the UK; Sarah Deas, of Co-operative Development Scotland; Rhian Edwards, of Social Business Wales; and Deb Oxley, of the Employee Ownership Association.

Delegates at ESOD18 will learn about the opportunities presented by the Employee Ownership Trust model for succession planning in SME and family-owned businesses in the UK and how this form of ownership is a key factor in building resilient local economies for the UK economy post-Brexit. It is no secret that employee share ownership continues to grow as a strong economic pillar for indigenous firms across the UK and we at IPSA believe that Irish start-ups and SMEs can learn so much from what these three national organisations have already achieved across the water.

Following the networking break we will have the PLC side of the morning, with case studies from Boston Scientific and Dalata Hotel Group. This will then be followed by another panel discussion, which will include Danyle Anderson from the Global Equity Organisation and Gabbi Stopp from ProShare. We round off with a networking lunch around 1pm, before retiring to get our respective hairs and make-ups done to celebrate the IPSA Awards later that night in the Ballsbridge Hotel.

The IPSA Awards 2018 promises to be a fantastic night celebrating everything that is great about employee share ownership in Ireland. The night begins with a welcoming prosecco reception from 7pm. Dinner will be served at 8pm sharp, with the awards taking place during the meal as we did last year. Entertainment after dinner is by Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team, Abandoman, who supported Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour, culminating in two nights at London’s 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy.

Following Abandoman, we will close out the longest day of the year dancing to the best 90s covers band, Pump Up The Jam! Guests at last year’s awards have been asking all year about this year’s awards so we are delighted to confirm the details this afternoon!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

You can view the ESOD18 Timetable here, and remember there are still some sponsorship opportunities available at ESOD18 and the IPSA Awards. See the IPSA website for details.

Booking is now open for both the morning conference and the awards via these links:


IPSA Awards: