Cosying up ahead of the Courage to Success conference – broadcaster George Hook and retailer Mattress Mick, who are speakers at the event. Picture: Paul Nicholls

BORD Gais Energy will host its second national business conference Courage to Succeed with Joe Schmidt, George Hook and renowned Irish SME owner, Mattress Mick, as speakers at the event.
The conference will take place at the Mansion House from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Wednesday, October 5, and will offer a range of stimulating key note addresses, presentations and interactive question and answer sessions. It will open with a motivational presentation from world-class coach, Dave Alred, who will discuss how pressure can be utilised as a tool for success.
George Hook will participate in an entrepreneurial panel discussion alongside the chief executive of Tweak.com, Jerry Kennelly, and the chief executive of UrbanVolt, Kevin Maughan.
The panellists will draw on their own business experiences to share insights into the courage and risks required on the road to success.
Irish SME owner “Mattress Mick” will deliver a 15-minute marketing workshop, which will be followed by an interview with Irish Rugby head coach, Joe Schmidt.
Other speakers include lecturer in entrepreneurship at the UCD Quinn School of Business, Dr Orla Byrne, and digital account manager at NewSlang, Caroline Kelly.
The managing director of Bord Gais Energy, Dave Kirwan, said: “With the economy showing signs of improving, businesses are growing.
“This growth stimulates competitiveness and means that now, more than ever, businesses need to take risks to succeed.
“Risk-taking in business requires great courage, and it is for this reason that we have chosen Courage to Succeed as the theme for this year’s national conference.”
Tickets are priced at €150 per person including breakfast, mid-morning refreshments and lunch. See www.bgebusinesshub.ie.