Sage’s Business Experts Programme Gets Underway

 By Beatrice Whelan, Social Media & Content Specialist at Sage

Sage Business ExpertsIn our continued efforts to support the business community in Ireland, we’ve launched our Sage Business Experts Programme to recognise and reward experts across the business landscape.

Our Sage Business Experts come from businesses of all shapes and sizes, but they share one thing in common – a commitment to promoting business and helping other business owners.

Business Experts have been selected due to their:

  • Contribution to the business community – sharing knowledge and helping others improve and develop their businesses
  • Knowledge and influence – from first-hand experience, Sage Business Experts have a wealth of understanding about business challenges and solutions
  • Online presence – from forums and Twitter, to LinkedIn and blogs, Sage Business Experts are extensively connected

In return for their support, Sage offers its Business Experts a range of benefits from access to Sage mentors and software to invitation to exclusive events and promotion of their business on the Sage blog and website.

We are proud to support these members of the business community; however their views do not represent that of Sage. We want Business Experts to be completely independent, and so members of the programme aren’t obliged to promote Sage in any way.

Meet our first three Sage Business Experts and watch this space for more in the next few weeks and months:

Mark Breen

Mark BreenMark Breen is Managing Director of Cuckoo Events. He is an experienced event safety officer, marketing professional & trainer. Mark studied Business in UL and then did a Postgrad in PR & Event Management. He also has a Professional Diploma in Digital & Online Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute and is a graduate member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. In his work on event management and safety he has worked at the 2013 London Olympics and is working on events for the 2013 Gathering in Ireland

You can connect with Mark online on Twitter @mark_breen, on LinkedIn or read his recent post about entrepreneurship here.

Olwen Dawe

Olwen DaweOlwen Dawe is an experienced communicator, project manager and advisor.  Through her business Irish Business Intelligence, Olwen offers key services to SMEs, economic and enterprise development projects and organisations, and the media.

Olwen is an advocate of female entrepreneurship and is currently Secretary and Vice President Designate of Network Ireland. Olwen has chaired the ​Developing Enterprise Skillnet, been Ambassador to the Towns of Excellence Institute and was appointed as an Ambassador for female entrepreneurship on the Ulster Bank “Business Women Can” initiative in 2012.

Olwen regularly speaks at and chairs events and seminars focused on enterprise development – such as the European Commission’s programme for female entrepreneurship.   

A regular, blogger, writer and commentator – you can listen to Olwen on Clare FM’s “Small Business Show” – and read her articles and blogs on her IrishBizWoman blog or connect with her on Twitter @OlwenIBI or on LinkedIn

Krishna De

Krishna DeKrishna De is an award winning digital communications, online publicity and content marketing strategist, and mentor. Prior to establishing her own digital marketing and social media agency, BizGrowthNews, she was a board member of Guinness and Diageo in Europe, Asia and North America.

Krishna was  the founder and former Chair of The Association for Coaching in Ireland and was an Ambassador of Female Entrepreneurship, Ireland at Enterprise Europe Network.

Krishna was recently recognised as one of the top 50 business women in Ireland in Image Business. She has also been formally recognised in the Irish Entrepreneur Yearbook as one of the top 100 most proactive business women in Ireland.

Krishna shares her experience and expertise through speaking, consulting, mentoring and through her award winning podcasts, online videos and blogs. You can also connect with her on Twitter @KrishnaDe and LinkedIn or join her on Google Plus at

If you have any questions or feedback about the Sage Business Expert Programme, leave a comment below or email us at [email protected]

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