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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Big things happening for Laois start-up Cyc-Lok and their theft-proof bicycle lockers.

Co-founder Stephen Murphy spoke to Ronan about the product and their future ambitions and provides some great advice for any budding entrepreneurs listening.

The high-quality development of turn-key houses in Portlaoise brought to market using an innovative social media campaign.

Paul Kelly of DNG Kelly Estate Agents in Portarlington talks to Ronan about the local property market and the new houses in the Bellingham estate in Portlaoise developed by ONS Developments.
Ronan also talks to Business Fairy Aisling Hurley about the innovative social media campaign designed to promote the development and crucially, the type of content that gained the desired engagement.

Olivia Murray of Opium Skin and Beauty on rebranding, business expansion and the importance of securing a town centre location.

Olivia also announces the launch of www.skinandbeauty.ie – a dedicated website for booking treatments and purchasing products and pays tribute to the services of Local Enterprise Office Offaly for their support developing the site.
The Opium Skin and Beauty brand will be officially launched in April 2018- find out more here!

New Chamber of Commerce with a vision to develop a brand for Edenderry town and surrounding area.

Christine Traynor, Chairperson of Edenderry Chamber of Commerce joined Ronan in studio to discuss the warmly welcomed new venture. Officially launched on 16th March 2018 the chamber aims to support local businesses and communities in an area perceived locally as being overlooked for strategic investment.

P2 – the golf putter grip invented by a Tullamore man now being used by Ladies PGA champion Michelle Wie

Inventor of the P2 Enda McLoughlin dropped into studio with his business partner Sushil Teji to explain the concept of the innovative putter grip.

Two-thirds of lifts in Ireland are not receiving the necessary safety inspections as required by law – Lift Inspect Ltd plan to change this.

Managing Director Liz Orford of Portarlington based Lift Inspect Ltd and specialist advisor Max Guijt of LiftInstituut Solutions discuss this and highlight how Ireland is the only country in the EU without a register of lifts.

“We are always trying to think of something new” says Jane Swarbrigg of Inglot Ireland.

Jane Swarbrigg Managing Director of Inglot Ireland talks to Ronan and Sinead about their Inglot family, plans for the UK and the social media engine they use so effectively to create brand awareness.


Irish people developed a dependency on white sliced pans during the Beast form the East and Storm Emma. Louise O’Donohue of O’Donohue’s Bakery talks about the phenomenal team effort that ensured they kept customers stocked up and possibly gained new customers too!

Head of Enterprise at Offaly LEO Orla Martin

Enterprise Week (4th – 9th March) is in full swing.
Head of Enterprise at Offaly LEO Orla Martin outlines the events being held this week and the various supports the Local Enterprise Office provide.

Dominic Doheny President of the Construction Industry Federation

The Construction Sector Group was endorsed by AN Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this week.
Dominic Doheny President of the Construction Industry Federation, one of the primary promoters of the grouping, explains the importance of the group and highlights the benefits of attracting more females into the construction careers.

As part of Engineers Week 2018 we learn about the changing face of engineering careers as telematics now play a significant role in diagnostics and planned maintenance.

Ronan talks to John Jordan Managing Director of Wirtgen Ireland and an executive committee member of Engineers Ireland about the recruitment and retention challenges faced by Irish companies in-spite of a positive economic outlook.
Based in Enfield, Co. Meath Wirtgen Ireland Ltd. provide solutions for road construction and repair, for mining and processing minerals, as well as for recycling construction materials.

Organisational strategy – using VUCA to attempt to make sense of what’s happening in the external environment.

Dr. Jonathan Westrup is the Programme Director of the IMI Diploma in Strategy and Innovation and of the IMI Diploma in Regulatory Management.
His expertise is in the areas of business, organisational and regulatory strategy and corporate governance.
Organisational strategy – using VUCA to attempt to make sense of what’s happening in the external environment.
He joined Ronan to discuss the complex external business environment by assessing the factors using the term VUCA –
• Volatility (commodity prices and exchange rates)
• Uncertainty (changing Irish, European and global economies, and political changes);
• Complexity – attracting and retaining talent; regulation and compliance) and
• Ambiguity – an inevitable aspect of strategy formulation that should be embraced to allow for ongoing discussion and challenge.
Is your senior management team open to entering the ZOUD – Zone of Uncomfortable Debate?
Listen to the full interview here.

“We carry our whole lives around with us” – Tech journalist Andy O’Donoghue discusses GDPR and health records; a particularly sensitive item of data.

Andy joins Ronan to discuss the management of health records in line with data protection regulations. Medical or health records are considered to be the most personal type of data that exists about an individual.
With new data protection regulations being enforced in May 2018 to a fanfare of panic and confusion, might the new laws actually provide an opportunity to us all?

Aisling Hurley of Businessfairy.com reassures business owners on the likely impact of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) being enforced on 25th May 2018.

In an in-depth discussion with Ronan, Aisling Hurley suggests that if companies are compliant with current Irish data protection regulations they will already be well prepared for the introduction of GDPR.
As always, Aisling outlines practical steps that can be taken and mentions links to two websites providing free resources for assessing your current level of compliance.
Find out more here.

Emotional Intelligence – How to work, manage and lead with added impact.

Ronan talks to Barbara Nugent of www.eq.ie about the role emotions play in leadership, organisational and business success and outlines dome of the core emotional competencies.
The ability to understand how emotional intelligence (EQ) shapes your decisions is a crucial step in learning how your thoughts and actions are formed and thus how that impacts your work performance.
By measuring emotional intelligence can predict workplace success and is closely linked to sales performance, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, health and well-being, resilience, effective leadership and bottom-line results.

After 10 years in business, an estate agent partnership continues to grow. Does the lack of available housing present a challenge?

Breda Lewis and Hillary Hamill, owners of Sherry Fitzgerald’s Lewis Hamill estate agents in Tullamore join Ronan in studio to celebrate their recent winning of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year Award for 2018. They also mark ten years in business in March of this year so what challenges did setting up just before the economic crash pose?
Find out more here.

Might increasing commercial rates spell the end of town centre retailing in Mullingar?

Mullingar Town Team represents retailers and businesses in Mullingar who work together to promote business in Mullingar. They held a meeting at the end of January to discuss a looming increase in commercial rates of up to 500% that will affect the retail and hospitality sector in particular, the very heartbeat of Irish towns. Chairperson Angela Maher joins Ronan to discuss.

The device that can save you 30% on heating bills and maybe even save your marriage!

Ronan talks to Art McArdle creator of Heat Hero- a high efficiency open vented solid fuel heating system that can save you up to 30% of your heating bills. Art details how the idea came about, his successful journey through the Dragons Den and how he now has the UK market in his sites. His reference to the customer testimonials they receive, towards the end of the interview, is worth a listen!

Tullamore is famous for its pineapples – discover the secrets to award winning Mór Irish Gin with IBYE nominee Eoin Bara

Eoin Bara of Arderin Distillery, producers of award winning Mór Irish Gin recently emerged victorious from the regional finals of Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur in the Best Established Business category. Eoin talks to Ronan about what attracted him to gin distilling, the influence of botanicals and his plans for future expansion.

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