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Latest Episode7/30/2021

E45 That Great Business Show - Yvonne Comer, Rugby Smarts, Eoin Heverin, FoodieSave, Stephen McPeake, Civic Dollars

Season 1, Ep. 45
EPISODE 45 That Great Business ShowPresented by Conall O Morain @ConallOM2.30' Yvonne Comer, co-founder, Rugby Smarts - former rugby international turned software entrepreneur [plus many, many, many other things]. What Rugby Smarts does in 30 minutes, immediately after a game, is what analysts would have previously spent hours and hours doing. All professional clubs will have analysts but nowadays even amateur clubs have analysts (at a cost - c€300 per match). The Rugby Smarts software will be usable by any sport, though they're starting with rugby. They already have their first trial club (possibly Connacht Rugby, but it's all hush, hush at the moment). They are getting very high accuracy in tagging what the software is looking at. Yvonne says that no other company in the world is doing what they're doing (though it's possible NFL in the US is using something like it). Currently funding, the company has gone through the News Frontiers programme in GMIT and are looking to Enterprise Ireland funding and private funding very soon. She wants TeamGBS to introduce any teams in the USA and they're ready to go right now...and they're looking for business development managers in all rugby playing jurisdictions. She says that switching the software to cover soccer or other team sports is very straightforward. She thought about Nigel Owens as her 'hire in a heartbeat' but then opted for Ronan O'Gara. Find out why...26.00" Eoin Heverin, founder of Castlebar, Mayo, based Foodie Save. He already founded the 'Tell My Story' book business but is now is concentrating on Foodie Save- a super app that stops perfectly good food being chucked in the bin. He has already launched in parts of the west of Ireland, and is heading for Dublin in September. He has recruited top class companies like Londis, Supervalu, Chopped, Maxol while others like Lidl are likely to follow. 9 out of 10 consumers using his app, who are going into Mulroy's Londis in Castlebar are being 'upsold' to - something not originally expected by Eoin. Businesses using the app are finding that they are getting brand new customers, like young mothers and those who are eco-conscious - people like TeamGBS, who hate seeing good food being wasted. They're now heading for the UK and the US. He has already has €130,000 funding from the Dept. of Agriculture, and now looking for a further €500,000 to expand the team, starting with HBAN and they're looking for others to talk to them about cash. His 'hire in a heartbeat', Eamonn Quinn, Gavin Wall, Des Green...so a full team.46.00" Stephen McPeake, founder of Civic Dollars, based in Belfast, backed by the accelerator IgniteNI. Already launched in Belfast, it's just about to launch in Dublin and then into the UK. Civic Dollars 'nudges' people to be more active, encouraging them to do something as simple as to head to the local park, for which they earn rewards. It's different to rewarding people for running a 5k as it rewards people for doing something as passive as entering a local park. In just one park in Belfast they already have 1,100 users - far, far better than Stephen imagined. For City Council's they can see the anonymised data that can then be used to improve park areas where there is high usage, or to address areas where there is under-usage. After the UK, he's heading for Australia and the US, wherever there are 'smart cities' initiatives. The software is fully built and at the moment is not funding, though he may need some dollars in the future if they go for what he says could be 'gazelle growth'. Stephen's 'hire in a heartbeat', Seamus Cushley, of Belfast's Bizarre Voice. Find out why.WWW.ThatGreatBusinessShow.com is proudly sponsored by www.DeFactoShave.com - the world's best shaving oil.
7/30/2021

E45 That Great Business Show - Yvonne Comer, Rugby Smarts, Eoin Heverin, FoodieSave, Stephen McPeake, Civic Dollars

Season 1, Ep. 45
EPISODE 45 That Great Business ShowPresented by Conall O Morain @ConallOM2.30' Yvonne Comer, co-founder, Rugby Smarts - former rugby international turned software entrepreneur [plus many, many, many other things]. What Rugby Smarts does in 30 minutes, immediately after a game, is what analysts would have previously spent hours and hours doing. All professional clubs will have analysts but nowadays even amateur clubs have analysts (at a cost - c€300 per match). The Rugby Smarts software will be usable by any sport, though they're starting with rugby. They already have their first trial club (possibly Connacht Rugby, but it's all hush, hush at the moment). They are getting very high accuracy in tagging what the software is looking at. Yvonne says that no other company in the world is doing what they're doing (though it's possible NFL in the US is using something like it). Currently funding, the company has gone through the News Frontiers programme in GMIT and are looking to Enterprise Ireland funding and private funding very soon. She wants TeamGBS to introduce any teams in the USA and they're ready to go right now...and they're looking for business development managers in all rugby playing jurisdictions. She says that switching the software to cover soccer or other team sports is very straightforward. She thought about Nigel Owens as her 'hire in a heartbeat' but then opted for Ronan O'Gara. Find out why...26.00" Eoin Heverin, founder of Castlebar, Mayo, based Foodie Save. He already founded the 'Tell My Story' book business but is now is concentrating on Foodie Save- a super app that stops perfectly good food being chucked in the bin. He has already launched in parts of the west of Ireland, and is heading for Dublin in September. He has recruited top class companies like Londis, Supervalu, Chopped, Maxol while others like Lidl are likely to follow. 9 out of 10 consumers using his app, who are going into Mulroy's Londis in Castlebar are being 'upsold' to - something not originally expected by Eoin. Businesses using the app are finding that they are getting brand new customers, like young mothers and those who are eco-conscious - people like TeamGBS, who hate seeing good food being wasted. They're now heading for the UK and the US. He has already has €130,000 funding from the Dept. of Agriculture, and now looking for a further €500,000 to expand the team, starting with HBAN and they're looking for others to talk to them about cash. His 'hire in a heartbeat', Eamonn Quinn, Gavin Wall, Des Green...so a full team.46.00" Stephen McPeake, founder of Civic Dollars, based in Belfast, backed by the accelerator IgniteNI. Already launched in Belfast, it's just about to launch in Dublin and then into the UK. Civic Dollars 'nudges' people to be more active, encouraging them to do something as simple as to head to the local park, for which they earn rewards. It's different to rewarding people for running a 5k as it rewards people for doing something as passive as entering a local park. In just one park in Belfast they already have 1,100 users - far, far better than Stephen imagined. For City Council's they can see the anonymised data that can then be used to improve park areas where there is high usage, or to address areas where there is under-usage. After the UK, he's heading for Australia and the US, wherever there are 'smart cities' initiatives. The software is fully built and at the moment is not funding, though he may need some dollars in the future if they go for what he says could be 'gazelle growth'. Stephen's 'hire in a heartbeat', Seamus Cushley, of Belfast's Bizarre Voice. Find out why.WWW.ThatGreatBusinessShow.com is proudly sponsored by www.DeFactoShave.com - the world's best shaving oil.
7/23/2021

E44 That Great Business Show, Sky Media €200k prize, Leonie Lynch JUSPY, Michael Egan MEGAFAB, Lucy Gernon woman business coach

Season 1, Ep. 44
E44 That Great Business Show 2.00' Malcolm Murray, Director of Sales, Sky Media tells us how ten businesses can benefit - for FREE - from a total €200,000 value of TV advertising on Sky channels - €20k of airtime value per business. All the businesses have to do is to make the ad (which may only cost the business €1,500) and then (if chosen) those businesses can advertise nationally or right down to the individual households on Sky channels. Up to 200,000 homes might see your ad up to four times - a great launch for a small business. Sky Media has a system called AdSmart that can identify your perfect audience. Applications must be in BEFORE 3rd of August. More details www.adsmartfromsky.ieMalcolm's 'hire in a heartbeat'...Richard Branson.16.00' Leonie Lynch, Juspy, selected for the Amazon LaunchPad programme, tells her story of why her health drink's first iteration had to change from a 'ready to drink' formulation and then she had to 'pivot to powder'. She talks about her 'bias'...and discusses how bias in business can skew your business decisions, not always for the better. She explains how she got in touch with Teagasc and how wonderful Eddie O'Neill and Wendy Roberts in Teagasc were in helping develop her product and make it taste like Terry's Chocolate Orange. She recommends Trust Pilot as a sales tool. She's about to ship to Singapore and hopes for a successful exit in seven years.And her 'hire in a heartbeat'...it took some time to get a name from her but she finally opted for her own sister, Sharon McMeel. 37.00' Michael Egan, founder of MegaFab, based in Glenamaddy, Co. Galway. Having spent 32 years in companies including Kingspan he decided to go out on his own, making and selling products that he creates based on demands that he sees himself in his daily life, particularly around farms and farmyards. He had no plan when he finally left Kingspan and explains how he ended up setting up his own business and how his main product at the moment, his Tipsy Bin came about...and then how MoMate emerged. He explains the difference between a registered design (very cheap) versus (a very expensive) patent that then has to be protected (more costs). He references a Cavan based YouTuber called Adrian Morris who has been a huge help in marketing the Tipsy Bin.His 'hire in a heartbeat' - 'farmer' Jeremy Clarkson 57.00' Carlow based business and mindset coach for women, Lucy Gernon. She explains many of the differences between men and women in the way they sell themselves in business. She references a great book called The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters who has analysed these differences and she recommends a second book, Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. She introduces us to two of her favourite quotes, 'Her success is not my failure', and 'She's not your competition, she's proof it can be done' and explains how she uses those in her coaching. Her one big tip, 'ask for help'. www.LucyGernon.comHer 'hire in a heartbeat' - marketing guru Catherine Casey
7/16/2021

E 43 That Great Business Show - Dave O'Hora, Southern.ie , everything you wanted to know about Facebook but were afraid to ask

Season 1, Ep. 43
75% of Irish adults have a Facebook page - but many, many businesses are clueless on how to use this fantastic Business to Consumer tool - in this episode Dave O'Hora, director of Limerick based marcomms company Southern.ie gives us some seriously interesting insights into how to successfully hack Facebook data for your business. Why 1,000 is the magic numberHow to crack that Facebook 'limiter' and find your small, but beautifully formed, target audienceHow to use Facebook Ad Manager and ask the right question of itWhy Facebook information is useful to even the smallest of businessesThe importance of telling stories, and how Lidl and Aldi use story telling to become Ireland's most popular Facebook pagesLidl's most engaged pages include articles on period pains, NOT selling Covid related items etc....but not selling apples or orangesIf you haven't heard of Cian Twomey, why you need to do soWhy 'in the normal scheme of things' - you need to pay, but not much, to promote your business on FacebookLove-ins on LinkedInEngaging content is about telling stories, 'doing a Jerusalem' , 'Pringles missing 4 inches' etcConverting 'likes' into actual businessFacebook competitions and 'prize pigs'Why hotels put ads onto the online death notices pageMost successful page in Donegal is the Donegal Daily online news for the Donegal areaHow Limerick based Connolly's Menswear uses videos to get people to buy a suit, but not onlineWhy 'friendship' sellsHow you can set up your own TV channelThe amount of money / resources wasted on the wrong channels and the wrong contentTop pubs and how they engage with their customers on Facebook, but to what benefit?Home Store and More, one of the few Irish brands that makes it into the Top 10, and why...LadBible is #1 for people 18 - 34McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre is big in KilkennyWhy we're getting less brand awareTasty versus TheTaste.ie Three brilliant ideas on how to make $$$ - be Columbo, buy a mirror and look at yourself in it, give Mark Zuckerberg some moneyGoing 'native' with your local newspaperAnd, his 'hire in a heartbeat',... Junior Série, a Brazilian data analyst working with Southern.ie
7/9/2021

E42 That Great Business Show, Kevin O'Connor, chair Colourtrend, Michelle Johnson, CEO, ASA Brands, Conor MacCabe, Managing Director, Henry J. Lyons Architects and Interiors

Season 1, Ep. 42
3.30" Kevin O'Connor, chairman of Colourtrend paint maker, the General Paint Company, talks about the origins of the third generation, Kildare based, family business. He says their business 'borrows' ideas from abroad to make sure their service is best in the business. He talks about their competitors, multi-national billion dollar companies that own brands like Dulux etc, and how they positioned themselves to successfully compete with them. His dad started the business, coming home from the US instead of moving to Mexico. The business has grown from ten employees in 1983 to employing 140 people today. Why they opted for Cambridge Family Enterprise Group in Boston to plan the succession in their business (Kevin's eldest daughter has just become CEO as Kevin 'retired' to chair the company). He says he restructured his board to beef up areas where the company could see it's own weaknesses. He discusses their plans to grow in the UK, the US and beyond. Kevin's 'hire in a heartbeat' - rugby legend, Brian O'Driscoll.24.30" - Michelle Johnson, CEO of ASA Brands, a marketing company with a fleet management software (as you do!). Michelle discusses how their software grew from marketing/customer engagement with big car brands back in the 1980's. Branding marketing collateral is still a huge business and Michelle's business belongs to a global network, covering EMEA for brand work for major international brands. Post-Covid she says that branded goods will be shipped to individual addresses as we continue to work from home. She says that LinkedIn advertising for the software business, has already pay for itself. The UK is their new focus where they have opened a London office. The next stop afterwards that may be Poland. And who would Michelle 'hire in a heartbeat', - super networker, Joanne Hession, from the Entrepreneurs' Academy.43.00" Conor MacCabe, managing director, Henry J. Lyons Architects and Interiors, says that the death of the office is greatly exaggerated. He says that there has been little of no slow down in construction of office space in Ireland - primarily due to the continuing growth of technology companies. He says that typically offices work at about 50% capacity as people take leave, travel or may be ill...so that businesses are already working in a fashion that is anticipated will be the post-Covid format. He says that desks, having become smaller, are about to grow in size again! He anticipates more meeting rooms, fewer desks and more spaces for informal meetings. Building sizes are not going to get smaller, despite fewer people being in the buildings but he sees the need for people to come together to create a business culture so there will be occasions when all staff will need to meet together. And who would Conor MacCabe 'hire in a heartbeat'? Andrew Emmett of Uncoded in London. The best advocate for technology in buildings in the world.
7/2/2021

E41 That Great Business Show - Jill Holtz, ParentsandBrands.com, John O'Connell, CEO CW Applied Technology, Neil Skeffington, Novelplast, Cathal Noone, founder RandDTaxCredits.ie

Season 1, Ep. 41
Episode 41 of That Great Business ShowPresented by Conall O Morain2.00' Jill Holtz, CEO of ParentsandBrands, on results from their parents survey on post-Covid spending. Jill says, contrary to the popular narrative, that parents are NOT going to splurge post Covid, as caution has set in. She gives tips for how businesses can attract that unspent money though and living in Oranmore, Galway, she also tells us about the future of deliveries. Her bought in meals drop from the sky! (well, via drone company Manna). She explains the fascinating process.Jill's 'hire in a heartbeat' is super-athlete, Derval O'Rourke.21' John O'Connell, CEO CW Applied Technology, on his award winning Muv-X portable disinfection device...but we got him talking about making bespoke windows for Bentley cars, windows that go to black on a touch of a button. The CW in the company name stands for Collaborate to Win...he's looking for another company to work with strengths in manufacturing. The company is looking to expand into the US and TeamGBS will be introducing them to the Ireland/Connecticut Business Council. John is also recruiting for senior management who would like to live and work in Clare. His 'hire in a heartbeat' is former BnB senior executive, Aisling Hassell, 42' Neil Skeffington, founder NovelPlast, talks us through what's happening in plastic recycling and how his Udarás backed, Meath based, company is doing its bit to recycle industrial plastics (not plastic bottles!). He explains why plastics are not infinitely recyclable but that technology is working on the problem and he also says that he doesn't want raw materials at zero cost. They're also working on a project to reclaim and reuse plastic fishing nets as sunglasses. They're currently funded by Beechpoint Capital but are open to further funding offers. His 'hire in a heartbeat', Greta Thurnberg.1.00.00 Cathal Noone, RandDtaxcredits.ie tells TeamGBS that hundreds of companies don't collect tax credits, leaving millions of Euro on the table. He says that one of the reasons companies don't send in requests for rebates is that the likelihood of a tax audit becomes much greater, with all the time and costs that involves. Former PWC director Cathal has developed a software for making R&D claims that cuts fees by up to as much as 50%. Cathal's 'hire in a heartbeat', the Collison brothers (he'd love to apply his software to their Stripe products!)That Great Business Show is sponsored by www.DeFactoShave.com
6/25/2021

E40 That Great Business Show - The Dr. Jo Special - Dr. Jolanta Burke of Maynooth University is the Team GBS 'no nonsense' positive psychologist and gives listeners a post-Covid pep talk.

Season 1, Ep. 40
E 40 That Great Business Show posting 25th of June 2021Dr. Jo Burke, Assistant Professor, NUI Maynooth, the TeamGBS in-house positive psychologistWhat is resilience and why is it important for business?Her research on 'growth' and why the majority of people 'grew' during Covid.How and why we bounce back - Dr Jo's two year rule.How to hang on to all the good stuff we learnt during lockdown.How to increase staff productivity by 12% or more.Why running around a North Sea beach with a big ball is not good for team building.Working from home and why it's so good for us.How to brainstorm via email (no, honestly).The importance of trust in increasing employee performance.Why you should never pay your kids to do house work.School teachers not keeping up with exercise post-Covid.The importance of a ten minute (no bikkie, no loo) break every morning.Working from home adds 26 minutes extra in our workday.Spreading kindness is great for your mental health.Writing down your negative thoughts and dumping that writing in the bin.Twenty minutes a day writing down negative thoughts for just three days can have massive benefits.How switching off your phone can lead to a better sex life.That Great Business Show is sponsored by De Facto Shaving Oil, the world's best shaving oil.
6/18/2021

E39 That Great Business Show - ISME Chair Margaret O'Rourke Doherty, FRS CEO Peter Byrne, ContentLlamas, Karina Kelly & Joleen Looney Posted 18th June 2021

Season 1, Ep. 39
2.00" New ISME Chair, Margaret O'Rourke Doherty on ISME's part in pushing through the new perjury bill that could mean perjurers could get up to ten years jail on conviction. They've been working on this since 2017 and has been greatly helped by Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh. She talks about the benefits of lobby groups and the importance of lobbying for SMEs. She talks about her family pub that had been a convent! She discusses the social partnership recently been proposed by government and her hire in a heartbeat...she chose two, VP of the USA, Kamala Harris and RTE's Sarah McInerney. Find out why...25.00" Outgoing FRS CEO, Peter Byrne, joins TeamGBS to talk about his forty plus years with Farm Relief Services during which, most recently, they bought 'Get the Shifts' from TeamGBS member Hannah Wrixon. He explains why. He also tells what a social enterprise co-op is and why the co-op's shareholders don't get a dividend. He talks about their recruitment business and whether they may change the 'Get the Shifts' name. He gives his forecast on the future of farming in Ireland. He has a view about Jeremy Clarkson's Lamborghini tractor and he talks about what he'll do after he retires in six months time. His 'hire in a heartbeat'? A first for That Great Business Show - Dr. Tony Holohan.49.00" ContentLlama founders Karina Kelly and Joleen Looney, HQ'd in Donegal, talk about raising €3 million from Elkstone, the Western Development Commission and angels. They explain what they'll use the cash for to achieve their ambition of world domination. They talk of the huge benefits of the New Frontiers programme for their business. They explain that it's a complex business but it's also (fortunately for them) absolutely essential for larger multi-brand retailers, worldwide. They talk about how they manage their own worldwide team how they're proud to try to hire people to locate in the west of Ireland. And their 'hires in a heartbeat' (we had to let them have on each!), Karina wants Shopify Tobias Lutke to join them whilst Joleen wants someone who has been a 'heartbeat hire' a couple of times, author/speaker Simon Sinek.