Taking Care of Business

Sponsored by: Local Enterprise Office Laois, Offaly & Westmeath
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 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.

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Are you struggling to manage a business without proper broadband – you’re not alone!

Listen back as a panel of three business owners discuss the thrills and spills of self-employment, establishing a brand identity and the importance of focused networking. And not forgetting the issues presented by inadequate broadband!
Darren Doyle of Studio 93 in Moate, Declan Kelly of Kelly Fitted Furniture Kilnabin and James Dooley of Dooley Custom Carpentry joined Ronan and Sinead in studio for Taking Care of Business on 7th May.

Owner of Burgess Department Store recalls her Retail Therapy experience with the late Feargal Quinn

Managing Director of Burgess Department Store Athlone Rosie Boles recalls the impact the late Feargal Quinn had on her business when he visited the store as part of the Retail Therapy television series.
Mr Quinn passed away on 24th April and leaves a lasting impact on Irish retail and a customer service mantra that is the benchmark for many businesses.

Self-employed people will be entitled to seek dole payment from November provided they meet strict qualifying criteria.

John McCann discusses what the move promised in the last budget might mean for self-employed persons who find themselves unemployed from November 2019.
How many PRSI contributions will a self-employed business owner or independent contractor be required to have made to make a claim?
Find out here.

Skills gap – 50,000 ICT professionals needed in next 3 years.

In response to major skills shortages in the ICT sector LM Ericsson in Athlone have created an innovative Masters programme to recruit and train people to fill the many roles they have available.
Find out more as Ronan discusses the programme and the eligibility criteria with Dr. Enda Fallon Head of Department of Computing and Software Engineering at AIT.

‘Retailment’ – consumers are seeking experiences in addition to quality products. How an Offaly business combines retail and entertainment effectively.

Owner of The King Oak Paul Lynam dropped in to discuss a new venture that promises to offer great family entertainment alongside quality gift-ware and home ware.

Company that recycles 75% of Ireland’s electrical waste celebrate 40 years in business.

General Manager of KMK Metals Recycling Max Kyck discusses the growth of the company established by his father Kurt Kyck in 1979 that currently employs 108 people in their recycling facilities in Tullamore and Kilbeggan.
Max and Ronan also touch on the Circular Economy, the metals and materials most sought after at present and what demands the move to electric vehicles will place on the recycling industry.

Number of people working remotely now greater than number employed in tourism.

Co-founder of Grow Remote Tracy Keogh talks about the upcoming Grow Remote Conference in Tubbercurry on Tuesday 16th April.
There are currently 216,000 remote workers in Ireland.
The Grow Remote movement began as a Whats App group but now has chapters across the island and in 4 other countries.

Enterprise Award winner on starting a business at 21 and his vision for the future

Hanlon Woodcraft are the winners of the Laois Enterprise of the Year Award 2019.
Founded by Danny Hanlon it produces bespoke kitchens and fitted furniture and the business has grown steadily from humble beginnings.
Listen back to Danny discussing the journey so far and his vision for the future with Ronan on Taking Care of Business.

Doubtful about taking your business on-line?

Two business owners talk about the benefits of having an on-line store for business growth.
By availing of Trading On-line Vouchers (TOV) from the Local Enterprise Office, Siobhan and Gary Smyth developed www.floorstoredirect.ie to compliment their existing business.
Sales growth has been rapid – their typical customers were based in the midlands area but they are now selling to 15 counties.
Catriona McMorris of Reveal Make-up Studio used the TOV to create www.fayrebeauty.com to sell exclusive brands of make-up, beauty and skin care products.
Listen back to Siobhan and Catriona discuss their experience of taking a business on-line and how it has revolutionised their sales strategy.

EU to introduce measures to protect Irish Farmers in the event of a No Deal Brexit

Phelim O’Neill Markets Analyst at the Farmers Journal discusses the potential costs of a No Deal Brexit to the Irish agriculture sector and whether having an Irish EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development offers additional security as the threat of new tariffs on goods into the UK looms.

Midlands Career Expo in Mullingar on 23rd March to showcase over 200 vacant roles in the region

Are one of those workers who wants to spend less time sitting in your car or on a train commuting and wants to spend more time with your family or doing the things you love?
The Midlands Career Expo in Mullingar takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the National Science Centre, Mullingar and may provide the solution to you.
Tom Griffith of www.midlandjobs.ie and Shirley Kiernan Commercial Manager at Pharmaforce joined Ronan to discuss the upcoming event and the exhibitors present and to outline the benefits of reducing your commute or relocating to the midlands region.
For further details or to register for free visit www.midlandscareerexpo.ie/

Tullamore companies collaborate to mark major business milestone in 2019!

Ronan was delighted to welcome Louise O’Donohue of O’Donohues Bakery, John Comerford Chief Operating Officer at Carroll’s of Tullamore and Tony Ryan Head Chef at the Bridge House Hotel. The well-known Tullamore businesses are celebrating 30, 40 and 50 years in operation this year and have launched a line of signature sandwiches available in the carvery of the hotel to mark the milestone year.
Ronan also took the opportunity to ask the trio about their Brexit strategies, the advantages of a midlands base and what makes their brands so popular.

From catering entrepreneur to becoming a professional artist.

Chris O’Hara had a successful career as a catering entrepreneur before some ill health made him consider the direction his career was headed in. Coming from an artistic family, he began to rekindle his love of painting. It didn’t take long for his entrepreneurial streak to re-emerge and he quickly become a successful commercial painter.

Edenderry store scoops Best High Convenience Store in Ireland Award 2019.

Mangan’s in Edenderry, Co Offaly has been named the best High Convenience Centra store in Ireland for 2019.
The store received the much-coveted accolade at the Centra National Conference, which took place at the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.
Ciaran Mangan from Mangan’s Centra was presented with the award by Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra, Dan Curtin, Centra Sales Director and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business, competition sponsors.
As part of the competitive process, retail consultant Dr Alan Collins audited Centra stores across Ireland, with each participating store assessed for its range, quality, customer service, hygiene, service offering and local community involvement.
Listen back as store owner Ciaran Mangan talks about the success of the store with Ronan.

La Lola Tapas Restaurant Portlaoise – a recipe for success?

Itxi Saila Ferrer and her partner Colm ‘Wooly’ Parkinson opened a Tapas restaurant in Portlaoise one year ago.
Colm talks openly with Ronan about the successes and challenges in year one and addresses the difficulties of recruiting staff into the sector.

6 secondary school students are ready for take-off to Kennedy Space Centre Florida!

Students from Oaklands Community College in Edenderry are on their way to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Under the guidance of teacher Laura Guinan this is the consecutive third year the school has been invited to enter a competition involving simulated space flights and moon landings amongst other STEM related activities!
The team of boys and girls from Oaklands CC are the only international team in the competition. How did it all come about – listen back to Laura Guinan talking to Ronan on Taking Care of Business.

Leaving the busyness of London to set-up a fermented tea producing company – the story of Offaly entrepreneur Tracy Armstrong.

Packed full of beneficial acids, enzymes and minerals, KO Kombucha is a Live Active Culture brewed with Reverse Osmosis filtered water, Organic Tea, Raw Organic Cane Sugar and a S.C.O.B.Y. (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).

It is hand-produced in Moate by Tracy Armstrong and her partner Ronan since 2017 after the couple left the hustle and bustle of London city to set up home and business in their home country. Tracy talks to Ronan about the experience so far and their plans for 2019.

The couple availed of the Back for Business programme run on a pilot basis last year to support entrepreneurial activity among those recently returned or planning to return to live and set up business in Ireland. The call is open for applications for the 2019 programme, which will run from February to July 2019.

250 employees and no fixed assets – is remote working the future for Irish towns?

Shopify currently employs 250 people in Ireland and specialises in developing hassle-free platforms to allow companies build their retail business on-line. All employees are classed as remote-workers and there has been a sharp rise in the number of companies endorsing remote work and in the number of employees availing of the associated benefits.
John Riordan is Director of Support for Ireland at Shopify and he took time out to discuss the company and the benefits of remote working with Ronan.

The closing date for applications for Back for Business is 25th January 2019

Calling Westmeath based entrepreneurs – the closing date for applications is closing soon.
Returned emigrants to Westmeath are being urged to join a programme to help start and develop businesses in Ireland.
The entrepreneur mentoring programme runs over six months and there is no charge for those selected to participate.
It is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was launched before Christmas by Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon.
The programme was run on a pilot basis last year to support entrepreneurial activity among those recently returned or planning to return to live and set up business in Ireland.
The call is open for applications for the 2019 programme, which will run from February to July 2019.

Thinking about a career change or upskilling – AIT has over 300 free or part-funded Springboard+ courses on offer across the region.

Head of Lifelong Learning at Athlone Institute of Technology Seadna Ryan discusses the types of courses on offer, the delivery method, eligibility and how to apply. AIT is holding an information evening on Tuesday 15th January 2019 from 6-8pm.

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