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E23 That Great Business Show - Ethos CBD, Ireland's cannabis opportunities, Nua Fertility, helping with pregnancy, Cullen Nurseries, still answering the phone, TestReach, getting first place in exams business

Season 1, Ep. 23

E23 That Great Business Show - Ireland's best business podcast with Conall O Móráin


2' Lawyer turned entrepreneur Fergus Kerrigan, co-founder with Amy O'Flaherty of cannabis based products maker Ethos CBD, on how he got into the burgeoning business, working with a Wicklow hemp farmer, opportunities for other farmers in growing hemp, the challenges of maintaining CBD standards, exporting to Northern Ireland, targeting Great Britain, why honest brands win over 'fake' brands...and further growth opportunities, including adding mushroom extracts to his products. His 'hire in a heartbeat' is Jeff Bezos. Find out why.


21' Nua Fertility, founded by Deborah Brock, following her own fertility issues, with no background in medicine or science she set about formulating a fertility supplement to correct any nutritional imbalances that may be holding back a pregnancy. It's not just a female issue and she explains the 'Rod Steward Syndrome' regarding male sperm issues. The market is vast with millions of couples experiencing fertility issues which is why her company is now exploring the ginormous Chinese market. Her 'hire in a heartbeat'? Her nine year old daughter Ella, the reason Nua Fertility exists.


44' Cullen Nurseries, another great Hacketstown, County Carlow company (following on from Jo Browne Skincare, previously featured), a 25 year company specialising in native trees and bushes. She talks about how she decided to give up the job she loved to help grow the family business, how Covid has changed their business model for the better, the importance of the phone (still!) in their fully online enabled business, how phone chats help retain repeat customers, the many LEO courses that she has attended, and why she'd like to have Amy Huberman and Kamala Harris working on the Cullen Nurseries team.


64' A real hidden gem, Test Reach, based at Nexus at Nova UCD, is a fascinating company headed by Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey who between them have grown a world class, and worldwide, business already employing over 70 people, running every type of exam possible for companies, industry bodies, professional organisations globally. With a long career in IT Louella explains getting 'the itch' and how she wanted to run her own business, and why, even though they're already in over 120 countries, that the business is still only scratching the market surface. And Louella's 'hire in a heartbeat'? Graham Norton. And why not.


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