As we are doing a lot of work in Dublin and getting more and more involved with Dublin Chamber of Commerce (Greg co-chairs the Business Owners Network that meets every second Friday) Greg decided he would take the next step and try to get even more involved.
He has decided to run for Dublin Chamber Council which would give him and us the opportunity of influencing how the Chamber is run and trying to shape the strategy and direction that it takes about key issues.
While he believes that Dublin Chamber is doing a really good job he feels that it could do even more..
We have taken an extract from his “campaign literature” where he has outlined his pitch including his Top 5 priorities – In his words:
No 1 – Passionate about Entrepreneurship
I am passionate about start-ups, business ownership and the SME sector and believe that Dublin Chamber should become a natural hub for all activity in this area. I don’t believe this is the case at the moment.
Dublin Chamber was founded by business owners and we should strive to get back to a scenario whereby successful business owners of all sizes are proactive members driving, supporting and encouraging enterprise in Dublin. We need their voices, influence and expertise to start shining through.
Successful entrepreneurs are asked to speak at Dublin Chamber events – we need them as proactive members!
For my part I have had my own businesses since the age of 13!
No 2- Influence
I believe that Dublin Chamber should have a much bigger voice and influence in how our city and country is run. I hope with more involvement and through my own expertise I can start to support Chamber in communicating our messages even stronger through more use of traditional and digital media.
Also I believe my communications experience and my insights from working closely with some politicians and other key influencers could be of benefit here.
No 3- Fresh Perspective from the ‘Not so shy’ Cork boy!
I admit it, I’m not from Dublin!
While some might hold this against me as being a negative I feel it is a real positive. I operate a business in both Dublin and Cork, spending my time equally between both locations. I believe I offer a unique fresh perspective as a result, which could benefit the Chamber.
No 4 – Destination Branding Insights
I was recently part of the Destination Branding team that created a Brand book for the Cork region with a focus on attracting Irish and foreign direct investment.
The learnings from this process could be quite valuable to Dublin Chamber.
No 5 – Fun
My last point is a very serious one!
While there is serious business to be done I do believe we need to have a much bigger element of fun to the networking and the business of Chamber. In my view the best networking is done in a relaxed atmosphere and when people are enjoying themselves. I always try my best to achieve this and for anyone who attends my Business Owners Network sessions I chair once a month, I hope this is witnessed.
To give you a taste of the fun we have check out the incredible rendition of “White Christmas” that the Business Owners Network managed in December on YouTube!
For these reasons I am asking the Dublin Chamber members who would like a fresh, challenging and different voice for Dublin Chamber Council to consider me when voting opens on the 18th January.
I am also asking members to also consider voting for David Lafferty, an accountant who runs his own practice and someone who is busy flying the flag for the SME’s and business owners. He is an active member of the Business Owners Network and has worked on the Budget Task Force with the Chamber.
…Well said Greg!
We don’t think he is the worst and from time to time he does come up with the odd good idea so we would ask Dublin Chamber members to support his campaign!