Taking Care of Business

Sponsored by: Local Enterprise Office Offaly
Entrepreneur and HR expert Ronan Berry steals ideas from the best business minds in the midlands, every Tuesday from 7pm.

Supported by the Local Enterprise Office, this programme introduces you to successful people, happy to share their insights and winning formulas – or from whom Ronan and Albert can prise the answers.

Need advice? Have a question or a discussion topic suggestion? You can contact the show, or select an article below to read more about previous shows in the series.


Taking Care of Business can be emailed at business@midlands103.com.


The National LifeScience and Engineering Expo 2018 takes place in Mullingar on 28th and 29th June.

Dr. Ann O’Connell is an Industrial Researcher at Irish Manufacturing Research in Mullingar and a committee member of the group organising the expo.
Dr. O’Connell provides an overview of the participating companies, guest speakers and the schedule of events including a unique networking opportunity on Thursday 28th June.

What are the challenges faced by Irish emigrants hoping to return home to work?

Dermot Carey Director of Safety, training and Manpower Policy at the Construction Industry Federation joins Ronan to discuss the challenges that returning Irish emigrants are facing as they attempt to fill vacant job roles in the country. These challenges are documented in the Indecon Economic Report on Addressing Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants, commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and published in February 2018.
Alongside the lack of available housing, other issues include the prohibitive cost of motor insurance and the unwillingness by employers to accept training certificates attained in other countries.
This comes at a time when it is reported that the construction sector in Ireland needs to fill 100,000 job roles within the next two years to ensure demands are met.

Diversification & Innovation in the Irish drinks industry will greatly increase tourism in the region

Patricia Callan Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland discusses the role the drinks industry can play in increasing tourist numbers in the region.
The Guinness Storehouse was the most visited paid tourist attraction in the country in 2017.
Currently almost ninety thousand tourists visit the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre and Kilbeggan Distillery and Patricia firmly believes these numbers cans be vastly increased through increased collaboration across the drinks and tourism sectors.

Juno paints currently operate in over twenty-five countries and just recently opened a facility in Portlaoise.

Dory Kiblawi, Director of International Business and Exports and Martin Galvin Sales Manager for Juno Paints Ireland dropped in to studio to talk to Ronan about the new facility in Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise.
They also talk about the opportunities the Spanish headed company, founded in 1927, spotted in the Irish market.

What is blockchain technology and what role is it likely to play in everyday business transactions?

Tech expert Andy O’Donoghue explains blockchain technology and its practical uses.
Often associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology can be applied to other processes and transactions such as warranty management and storing of health records.
IDA Ireland recently announced in initiative aiming to position Ireland as global leaders in blockchain.
Listen back here as Andy suggest that blockchain technology must be considered for the school syllabus to ensure we have enough graduates to meet the anticipated job roles being created.

Would you leave a thirty-year career as a financial advisor to set up a photography company?

Paul Moore joined Ronan in studio to discuss his passion for photography and how he went about leaving a career in financial services to establish a business in an undoubtedly competitive market.
Paul has developed his offering to encompass photography workshops on creating digital photographic content and storytelling through photography to having his pictures on the front covers for novels.
In fact, one of his pictures formed the cover of The New York Times Bestseller Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson and his son Conor is pictured on the cover of The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Doyle, author of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Paul’s passion for his work is apparent throughout the interview – listen back here.

Is it possible that just 4% of SME’s have a formal Brexit strategy in place?

With only 297 days to go until the UK formally leaves the EU on 29th March 2019, what contingency plans must companies make to counter the effects of Brexit?
Richard Dunne is AIB’s Brexit Advisor for Laois, Offaly and Kildare and he spoke to Ronan on Taking Care of Business recently.
Listen back to the full interview here.

Birr Castle – the star gazing tourist hotspot with generations of history spread over one-hundred and twenty acres.

Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule that remains the family home of the Parson’s, a fact that is a key driver of the amenities success according to General Manager Grainne O’Malley.

Mark Healy of The Pantry Café Portlaoise on the importance of exemplary customer service and empowering staff to simply ‘be themselves’ with customers.

The Pantry Café in Portlaoise took home two awards at the Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards for Best Café and Best Restaurant Manager Rachael Doyle.

Leadership trainer Kathleen Kinsella discusses the relevance of ‘soft skills’ training in the healthcare sector.

Kathleen Kinsella provides soft skills training to the public and private healthcare sector.
Popular courses include Conflict Management, Peer to Manager People Management and Dignity at Work Management

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