Complimentary Executive Briefing

How SMEs can Survive & Prosper​​

Covid-19 has been a massive economic shock, but it has been an economic performance of two very distinct types - some sectors have done very well, but others have really suffered. The recovery will be similar. Jim is very optimistic about global and domestic economic recovery, but for some sectors and some regions, the recovery process will be challenging and strong support will be required.

By Mr. Jim Power

Economist and Podcaster


Jim will also be joined by panellists Ciara Troy (Founder & MD, Oishii Foods Ltd) and Andy Mackin (CEO, Mackin Group)  who, as entrepreneurs, have first-hand experience of the challenges of SMEs in a Covid world.


Hosted By:
Elaine Carroll

CEO, All-Ireland Business Foundation

Some Highlights of the Session:

  • Assessment of the economic performance during the Pandemic.

  • The outlook and challenges ahead.

  • The part played by the SME sector in Irish economic life.

  • The SME legacy from COVID-19.

  • How SMEs can survive and prosper.

  • The role of Government supports for the SME sector.


Jim Power

Economist and Podcaster

Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy, which he set up in 2009.He is a board member of Love Irish Food and he was Chairman of Three Rock Capital Management, an investment company, from 2013 until it was purchased by Julius Baer in January 2020.  


He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland. He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991), Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group (1992-2000) and Chief Economist Friends First Group (2000 to 2018).


He is the author of the SIMI Quarterly Motor Industry Review. He is a frequent contributor to podcasts including The Stand and Win Happy. In February 2021, Jim and Chris Johns launched their own Podcast ‘The Other Hand’, which is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

He is a graduate of UCD and holds a BA and a Master of Economic Science Degree. He lectures part-time on the Full-Time MBA at Smurfit School of Business, UCD.


He is a native of Waterford.


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