Saturday January 25, 2020

Embrace ambition on your own terms

Irish companies should explore the many ways to raise capital and grow, rather than aiming to be bought out

2nd June, 2019
From left: Mark Flood, partner, Renatus Capital Partners; Conor Sheahan, chief executive, CKS Finance; Lotta Edling, editorial director, Bonnier News, Sweden; Orla O’Gorman, Head of Equity Listing Ireland, Euronext, Kingsley Aikins, Founder and chief executive, the Networking Institute; Claire Carroll, senior investment adviser, Growth Capital, Enterprise Ireland; Owen Travers, managing director, AIB Corporate Finance; Sarah Murphy, managing director of Business Post Events & iQuest; Joe Barrett, chief operations officer, Applegreen; and Lorcan Tiernan, partner, Dillon Eustace Pictures: Maura Hickey

Irish companies should be more ambitious and see IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) as an opportunity to grow further, attendees at the Growth Capital Summit at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin heard.

Orla O’Gorman, head of equity listing Ireland in Euronext, called on Irish businesses to aspire for more and set up their businesses for more than just a vessel to be acquired.

“Culturally, we need to be less cautious with our ambition,” she...

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