Network Cork’s next meeting takes place at County Hall. Photo: Darragh Kane

Kicking off autumn with a Focus on Finance

We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis so it’s apposite that Network Ireland Cork Branch’s first event of the autumn will be a Focus on Finance event.

It takes place on Wednesday 7 September at County Hall with Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey making the opening address.

The event will also feature three guest speakers who will offer their expertise on different aspects of finance and takes place from 7 to 9pm in Vertigo, top floor of Cork County Hall, with registration free for members and €25 for non-members at

Cork County Council provides a range of services to approximately 400,000 citizens and Chief Executive Tim Lucey has been at the helm since 2014.

Mr Lucey said he welcomed the opportunity to meet with and engage with business owners from across Cork.

“I look forward to welcoming Network Cork members to Cork County Hall, the HQ of an organisation which is committed fully to equal opportunity for all, as evidenced by the depth and reach of our services and, the extensive range of career pathways available in an equal opportunity environment.

“I look forward to offering an insight to same and also, through our Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Sharon Corcoran, highlighting the extensive financial and other offerings available from the Council in support of business growth in Cork county,” Mr Lucey added.

The Focus on Finance event will then focus on three different aspects of finance – lifestyle financial planning, business finance and financial supports available to businesses.

Under the lens of lifestyle financial planning, Elaine Wilson, Financial Planning Director with SurePlan Financial will explore how to manage finances at every age from early 20s right up to and including retirement.

Ms Wilson said: “With inflationary pressures and increasing living costs, it’s never been more important to plan your finances, and with a common sense approach I will provide top tips on how to manage finances and reduce outgoings.”

Director at Grant Thornton Sharon Scanlan will discuss how improving processes within business can positively result in financial gains and will also address how business owners and managers should review the strategy and direction of their businesses to ensure financial success.

Director of Economic Development, Enterprise and Tourism at Cork County Council, Sharon Corcoran will be the final speaker and will offer advice on external financial supports available for businesses.

The event will be mceed by Miriam Bourke, Senior Retirement Consultant at Invesco Ltd. Ms Bourke was a winner of a 2021 Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Network Cork President Maria Desmond said: “We are very grateful to Cork County Council for hosting us in County Hall in September. It will be a great opportunity for members to catch up after our August break and to refocus minds on the sometimes challenging topic of finance.”

Further info in relation to this event is available by emailing