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Latest Episode5/19/2022

Episode 88 That Great Business Show Sarah & Tomás Kenny, Kenny's Bookshop - Paul Byrne, Currency Fair / Zai - John Ward, Kevin Ward, Thomas Ward - all of Servblock

Season 1, Ep. 88
Sarah and Tomás Kenny, of the iconic bookshop (it's really much, much more than that) talk about how they're winning against Jeff Bezos's Amazon through personal, expert service (Jeff doesn't answer the phone, the Kenny's do!) and giving a specialist service to many of the world's best known libraries. It's fascinating business, trying to keep track of literally hundreds of thousands of titles they ship to customers across the globe. They talk about taking controlled risks to extend their reach in the highly competitive world of finding and selling major book collections. And their 'hire in a heartbeat', world-renowned author Stephen King, who could attract thousands to their shop. Find out how.30.00" Paul Byrne, CEO, Currency Fair / Zai. If you have any ambitions for your business, tiny or massive (though he'd prefer massive) here's a masterclass in what's needed to achieve success. With three successful exits under his belt, Paul is now working on No. 4 and he's hoping to achieve a valuation of...€10,000,000! Just another Irish unicorn so. This is compelling listening, a no-holds-barred explanation of how to achieve success - what to aim for, what NOT to do, If you have friends in business, or who would like to get into business, do share this with them.1.00.00" The Brothers Ward. We had Kevin Ward join TeamGBS on Episode 17 when he told us about the early days of his Reward Catering business, that makes fabulously designed and crafted food catering trucks, designed in the style of the 1950's Airstream caravans, all glitz and chrome. He starts by telling us that since that time that business has grown to become one of Europe's largest catering trucks makers, make in Rathnew Wicklow, and sold as far away as Los Angeles. BUT, that's not they came to talk about. The three brothers, John (CEO), Kevin (COO) and Thomas (CTO) are now also on a different road, this time having developed a blockchain dependent software that should make drug discovery cheaper. But we'll leave the explanation to them. If you know what they're talking about, they're looking for money and would like to talk to you!All the great insights on That Great Business Show are brought to thanks to our sponsor, De Facto Shaving Oil, makers of the world's finest all-natural shaving oil.
5/19/2022

Episode 88 That Great Business Show Sarah & Tomás Kenny, Kenny's Bookshop - Paul Byrne, Currency Fair / Zai - John Ward, Kevin Ward, Thomas Ward - all of Servblock

Season 1, Ep. 88
Sarah and Tomás Kenny, of the iconic bookshop (it's really much, much more than that) talk about how they're winning against Jeff Bezos's Amazon through personal, expert service (Jeff doesn't answer the phone, the Kenny's do!) and giving a specialist service to many of the world's best known libraries. It's fascinating business, trying to keep track of literally hundreds of thousands of titles they ship to customers across the globe. They talk about taking controlled risks to extend their reach in the highly competitive world of finding and selling major book collections. And their 'hire in a heartbeat', world-renowned author Stephen King, who could attract thousands to their shop. Find out how.30.00" Paul Byrne, CEO, Currency Fair / Zai. If you have any ambitions for your business, tiny or massive (though he'd prefer massive) here's a masterclass in what's needed to achieve success. With three successful exits under his belt, Paul is now working on No. 4 and he's hoping to achieve a valuation of...€10,000,000! Just another Irish unicorn so. This is compelling listening, a no-holds-barred explanation of how to achieve success - what to aim for, what NOT to do, If you have friends in business, or who would like to get into business, do share this with them.1.00.00" The Brothers Ward. We had Kevin Ward join TeamGBS on Episode 17 when he told us about the early days of his Reward Catering business, that makes fabulously designed and crafted food catering trucks, designed in the style of the 1950's Airstream caravans, all glitz and chrome. He starts by telling us that since that time that business has grown to become one of Europe's largest catering trucks makers, make in Rathnew Wicklow, and sold as far away as Los Angeles. BUT, that's not they came to talk about. The three brothers, John (CEO), Kevin (COO) and Thomas (CTO) are now also on a different road, this time having developed a blockchain dependent software that should make drug discovery cheaper. But we'll leave the explanation to them. If you know what they're talking about, they're looking for money and would like to talk to you!All the great insights on That Great Business Show are brought to thanks to our sponsor, De Facto Shaving Oil, makers of the world's finest all-natural shaving oil.
5/13/2022

Episode 87 That Great Business Show - Colette Twomey, founder Clonakilty Black Pudding, Kevin Maughan, CEO Urban Volt, talks about the rise of the sun in powering businesses

Season 1, Ep. 87
3.00" Colette Twomey, founder of Clonakilty Black Pudding talks about her new project, her own golf club. As you do. She was trained as a brain technician but married a butcher which led to what is now a worldwide Irish food brand, known from Clonakilty to Sydney, Australia.She explains how a Dunnes Stores tea lady led to their hugely successful 'gluten free' range. She talks about producing 'white label' black pudding for other butchers.She gives a history lesson about the rise of supermarket multiples and what it meant for the Clonakilty business.Colette talks about how hard she worked, traversing the back roads of West Cork.She and her late husband, Edward, never wrote down a business plan but they had a vision. That was 'we love the pudding so much we'd like if people could buy it wherever they live'.The story of how they expanded into Australia is very revealing.She also reveals her plans for the US and for the soon to be launched vegetarian puddings.And she explains why it's all about attitude.She was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition which she says gave her 'global vision'.Her 'hire in a heartbeat'? She chose a few - Norah Casey and Paula FitzSimons42.00" Kevin Maughan, CEO, Urban Volt talks about solar energy as a service. Serendipitously the EU has just announced a big move for Europe to move away from Russian fossil fuels.Curiously Ireland has a lot of daylight, which is all that is needed to make solar energy viable. But Urban Volt also has its fingers in another ten international markets.He talks about the 'battery first' future where businesses will produce their own solar energy and then store it in their own batteries.He mentions a perceived conflict of interest where State led utilities may be causing distortions in the energy market.His 'hire in a heartbeat' - Shane Lanigan of Beach Point CapitalThe great insights on That Great Business are made possible through the support of De Facto Shaving Oil
4/29/2022

Episode 85 That Great Business Show - Dr. Ken Germaine, Funding Master, tapping into the EU's €150 billion funding - Kerri & Alex Sheeran, founders TalySubscriptions on Great Subscription Landgrab - Peter Leonard BL Donald Trumps trademark fail

Season 1, Ep. 85
1.00" IMPORTANT ADVICE to TeamGBS about the urgent need to switch from Ulster Bank and KBC Bank now, as each switch takes at least an hour and there are hundreds of thousands of accounts to be transferred as both banks exit the Irish market.3.00" Dr. Ken Germaine, Funding Master, on who/what/how to apply for some of the €150 billion (over seven years) of Horizon funding available from the EU. Spoiler - the success rate is around 6% - but he tells #TeamGBS how to maximise their chances. His 'hire in a heartbeat'? Ireland based consultant (and one of his collaborators) Diane Richmond.31.00" Kerry and Alex Sheeran, co-founders TalySubscriptions.com explain why they need to raise €1.5 million for a massive subscription landgrab in Ireland, the UK and the US...because no one else has thought of it. Their 'hire in a heartbeat'? Patrick Collison (they already use Stripe).55.00" Peter Leonard, BL, explains all about trademarks, including Supermac's 'war' with McDonalds, and speaking of The Donald, how Trump failed to trademark 'You're fired!'. Peter's 'hire in a heartbeat'? Joe Biden's sister, Valerie Biden Owens.All these great insights are, as always brought to you, thanks to De Facto Shaving Oil, the world's best shaving oil. Made in Mayo, sold worldwide.
4/22/2022

Episode 84, That Great Business Show, Patrick McCarthy, founder Digifly, gives one-hour masterclass on Shopify and how you can be in business for just €29.

Season 1, Ep. 84
On Episode 84 we start by highlighting a US initiative - open to Irish people (we've checked!) - that is trying to improve the PPE experience (personal protective equipment) firstly for the US market, but then presumably, worldwide. The US authorities have posted a competition, in conjunction with crowdsourcing platform HeroX.com and it's well worth TeamGBS to check it out.Then we have Patrick McCarthy, BA long-haul pilot and also founder of the Digifly agency that specialises in Shopify. Shopify allows anyone to be up and running on its platform for just €29. After that Patrick details all you need to know to sell (and buy your products) on the platform. He's had a few duds himself and he explains what to avoid, and he tells us of the one that worked and why it worked.This episode is an absolute 'must listen' for the Shopify-curious, for anyone who has thought of setting up a side hustle, for someone who is unemployed by who has a retailing dream, for existing bricks and mortar stores that must (TeamGBS says go digital) face the inevitable, if they haven't done so already, and create an online presence. Patrick also explains where there is State cash available to help any business, no matter what size, along the way.Real insights brought to you thanks to sponsor www.DeFactoShave.com Patrick's 'hire in a heartbeat'? - Wise man, he chose FOUR heartbeats!Gary VaynerchuckEzra Firestone Stephen Bartlett Ben Francis
4/15/2022

Episode 83 That Great Business Show - former Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen on flexible working legislation, Elaine Berkery, Eastway Tech - making a living from 'eavesdropping'

Season 1, Ep. 83
Gerry Breen, former Lord Mayor of Dublin, asks politicians to let the proposed flexible working time bill to 'wither on the vine' and to get out of the way of business doing its thing.He references the work done by politicians in setting up the PIAB and how that is now showing results. The next step he says is to 'hammer the insurance companies. He also wants politicians to take on, finally, the legal system, and he describes the legal process in his own floral way. He's in favour of a full-time Lord Mayor and as a former Lord Mayor himself, he shares his inside knowledge on why. He talks about the Drumcondra Business Group that he's involved in and recommends the model to others in business. He advises on how to get SBCI funding at 3% - "where would you get it" and he gives his two top tips on running a business. His 'Hire in a Heartbeat'? Michael Burke of Loughrea, Galway based Chanelle.35.00" Elaine Berkery, director of Castletroy, Limerick base Eastway Tech. They're a company that monitors critical machinery for some of the world's best biggest industrial names, all done from their Limerick base. They have units in Singapore and California, USA and are about to expand into the Eurozone, specifically the Benelux countries. Her ambition? 5% of the $1.78bn global machine monitoring business. In one case she cited their business saved a client $250,000 via preventative downtime, cost the client just a fraction of that amount. The company is hiring and you can hear all the details straight from Elaine.Her 'Hire in a Heartbeat'? Rendela Wenzel, Global Maintenance and Reliability Leader at Eli Lilly