Ever think you don’t need to bring your business on-line? Three weeks after launching a new e-commerce website, Colgan Sports have already begun selling sports gear and equipment internationally.
As they approach 30 years in business, founder Aidan Colgan talks about the new website and how customer satisfaction is key to staying in business.
Innovation at the core of the success of Dotser, an Offaly based provider of online business solutions.
Founder Loughnan Hooper discusses the latest technologies and cloud based solutions that Dotser provide to a growing client base. Dotser help streamline business processes, automate administrative tasks, reduce costs, increase sales and ultimately improve profitability across clients businesses and most notably to assist the administration management of large agricultural shows.
Their success was recognised recently, winning an award for the Mid East Region at this year’s National Enterprise Awards.
Digital transformation is revolutionising the construction industry – can your business afford to ignore it?
Sean Downey Director at Construction Industry Federation discusses the drive to Construction 4.0 whereby digital transformation will lead to more productive, sustainable and profitable industry.
CIF Digicon takes place on 13th June 2019 in Croke Park and will bring together developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, material and solution providers, and other key stakeholders pivotal in the construction supply chain to explore best strategies and solutions to embrace digital transformation.
Athlone Institute of Technology has been awarded €3 million in funding across 23 exciting, industry-focused programmes ranging from level six to nine. In total, more than 742 places will be made available to prospective learners looking to upskill, change career or return to employment.
Some of the programmes on offer include emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Data Analysis and Visualisation, as well as Civil Engineering and Construction, Advanced Polymer Materials, Cybersecurity, Culinary Arts and Applied Laboratory Science.
According to Dr Michael Tobin, Dean of Faculty of Continuous, Online, Professional and Distance Learning, each nationally-accredited, flexible programme has been designed in response to the current and future needs of industry in the Midlands and presents a unique opportunity for learners to avail of free or heavily subsidised upskilling or reskilling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.