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One of the original entrepreneurs on Dragons’ Den and well known businessman Sean Gallagher is confirmed for EXPO ’18. ITBA in partnership with Connolly’s REDMILLS are announcing a country wide business competition which recognises the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of equine businesses across the thoroughbred sector on Saturday 27th January 2018 . The competition will test industry leaders of all ages through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability, marketing, targets, route to market channels, scalability and overall business success. The competition will be divided into three categories as follows:

  • Award for innovative initiative/ business for breeders under 30
  • Best start up award serving the thoroughbred industry
  • Best established SME serving the thoroughbred industry

Identifying talent and supporting others to grow and work in ways that bring out their best is paramount to the success of individuals, businesses and our industry. The ITBA encourage people and equine businesses to fulfil their potential and ‘being the best that you can be’ is very much at the core of this competition.

Applicants are asked to outline in no more than 500 words their operations, success and achievements for each of the following criteria;

  • Demonstrate their use of innovation or innovative thinking or technology in driving and expanding their business giving clear business performance targets and measurement.
  • Give an outline sales and marketing plan and how that has contributed to growth of your business.
  • Demonstrate the long term vision for your company outlining strategy and business model for sustainable business growth.

At least one entrant in each of the three categories will then qualify to participate in a 10 /15 minute presentationat the ITBA Expo on Saturday 27th January in front of a panel of leading entrepreneurs and executives from the world of business and from this an overall winner will be chosen. Along with free PR generated throughout the industry media and a free marketing opportunity to the wider bloodstock community there will be prizes for each category winner and of course for the overall winner. Mentoring for each finalist will be provided post event in relevant areas of expertise.

Commenting on the competition ITBA CEO Shane O’Dwyer said “ We are looking forward to this initiative which gives a unique opportunity for exhibitors and the wider bloodstock community to make a pitch “to be the best they can” in front of a panel of expert dragons. We are delighted to have the expertise of Sean Gallagher on board and look forward to announcing other big names in the coming weeks. It is important we embrace technology and nurture future leaders and this is a tremendous opportunity for all to get involved in something really exciting.”

For further information contact ITBA HQ +353 (0)45 877543. Attached application form once completed is to be emailed to Isabelle Crosse icrosse@itba.ie before 8th January 2018

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