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Austin Hughes to speak at DFK UK & Ireland Conference

The changing business outlook to emerge from the economic recovery will be a focus for discussion at the annual conference in Dublin of DFK UK & Ireland, part of a leading global accountancy association.

Austin Hughes, a well-known commentator on issues affecting Irish and European economies, will spark debate on the potential impact of the global economic downturn on future business conditions.

Delegates will consider the business environment likely to face companies in the coming years, compared to the downturn and preceding economic boom.

Hughes, KBC Bank of Ireland’s chief economist, said: “The world economy has just experienced the most severe downturn in a generation. Recovery is proving uneven and extended.

“It is important to try and get a sense of what the ‘new normal’ might be in terms of the economic environment and what businesses might need to do to survive and thrive.”

DFK UK & Ireland has over 30 offices covering the UK and Ireland and belongs to DFK International, ranked among the top ten global accountancy associations with over 300 offices in more than 80 countries.

The annual conference is being held in Dublin for the first time and will be hosted by member firms Anne Brady McQuillans DFK, based in Dublin, and Crowleys DFK, which has offices in Dublin and Cork.

The conference will take place at the Conrad Hotel from Thursday, September 19, to Saturday, September 21.

Suk Aulak, chairman of DFK UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Austin is able to be part of the business programme at our annual conference which will attract senior managers and partners from our member firms throughout the UK and Ireland.

“Austin is a highly-regarded expert on economic and financial matters and I am sure delegates will value his current assessment of the global downturn and the impact on business that might be expected in the next few years.

“As part of DFK International, we have extensive global coverage and his analysis will greatly contribute to the sharing of knowledge among our members to best serve their clients with business interests at home and abroad.”

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