That Great Business Show


E18 That Great Business Show - Caoimhe Heery, working from home law, Damien Browne, Standard Access raising €4m, Tracy Armstrong, Founder Kombucha KO

Season 1, Ep. 18

E18 That Great Business Show, Ireland's best business podcast

3.30" Caoimhe Heery, Partner at Flynn O'Driscoll lawyers on the 'working from home' legislation and why, technically, a self-employed person could be breaking the law by working too hard!

24' Damien Browne, CEO Standard Access, on his company's multi-billion dollar business opportunity around commercial buildings and why he's raising €4 million to bring his Dingle, Kerry business to the rest of the world

43' Tracy Armstrong, co-founder, Kombucha KO, on pivoting from Hello magazine to brewing her fermented tea in her apartment, why Ferbane, County Offaly is Ireland's kombucha centre, and why she wants to be listed by O'Brien's Wine

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Episode 105 That Great Business Show

Season 1, Ep. 105
1.00" Shout out for AdvanceCT, the right people to talk to if your business is thinking of setting up in the US. Talk to us if you'd like to know more.2.30" Tom Murphy is looking for distributors for his world-beating Mayo made shaving oil, De Facto, sponsor of our podcast. No matter where in the world you are, and if you know the grooming market intimately, then Tom wants to talk to you. However, only high-energy folk need apply. 3,30 Críona Turley, founder Capella, the platform for hybrid working. If you need your employees' home workplace assessed for 'health and safety' Capella can do big numbers in a short time.Críona and her co-founder Victoria Yanakos, based in Manhattan, are now set on building a global business, backed by Enterprise Ireland (she gives them a hearty shout-out). Incredibly during the thousands of assessments her company has carried out she has seen people working from their cars (a full 8 hour day) and another who was working from a wardrobe in an attempt to get quiet from kids at home. Another service they provide is making the workplace more exciting, to encourage people back to the office. She says that people are NOT going to work full time in the office, but they will be three days at home, two days in the office.Her 'hire in a heartbeat'. Margaret O'Brien, former RTE continuity announcer and star (and her mother)25.00" Wasters. That's what people who waste food are. TeamGBS brings you Tuam based DigiTally, Patrick McDermott (also of says he can give businesses an 8% gross profit lift by making food hospitality management much more efficient. The company has already headed overseas, starting with the UK, but Patrick is quick to say that cracking that market was done with 'great difficulty'. He has decided to focus on Liverpool and Manchester rather than trying to cover all of Britain in one go. They find they can find leads through industry networking events such as those run by the British Irish Trading Alliance.His 'hire in a heartbeat'. Brian Tracey, frog eater (oh and author of 'Eat That Frog') - getting more of the important things done today.50.00" A cure for blackspots. Colin Cunningham, founder Cellnex and Caroline Hofman, CEO of Laois Chamber of Commerce join TeamGBS to discuss mobile phone blackspots that continue to cause problems to businesses across the country. However, Cellnex says that if they were given a relatively small amount of government funding that they could solve a big chunk of the problem. is a site we learn about that is available across the country - and that may be able to find and sort out wireless signals for mobile.(9 out of 10 problems can be solved). Alpha Wireless is a company based in Laois that gets a very positive mention. Caroline Hofman's 'hire in a heartbeat' would be Michelle Obama (she mentioned a Michelle Obama Plaza for Laois!) and Colin Cunningham's 'hire in a heartbeat' is Michael O'Leary for what Ryanair's prices have meant for businesses trying to do business in the UK. All our great insights are brought to you by De Facto Shaving Oil, proud sponsors of That Great Business Show.

Episode 104 That Great Business Show - Nicola Kearns, Niks Tea -

Season 1, Ep. 104
1.00" A shout out for AdvanceCT, Connecticut's version of Enterprise Ireland, where we'll be directing the Fantastic Five companies featured on Episode 103, helping them on their commercial journey through the USA. 3.30" Nicola Kearns, founder of Niks Tea, tells us about her journey from happy flight attendant to delighted tea entrepreneur, growing her ten-year old 'Irish' tea brand from a one person band to employing four and growing. She wants to sell more to more specialists shops, restaurants, hotels...and Kilkenny Design (which stocks only Irish made products - hat tip!). Typical of the true entrepreneur she already had done a lot of pirouettes on the day of the you do. But where did the idea of a tea business come from. It has something to do with tying up some legal bits and bobs in Spain.She explains how one setting up in the tea business does it...including 'faking it until you make it'. Her first order was valued at around €1,500 and she had sleepless nights wondering if it all was going to work. She gets great support from the Dublin Food Chain and she's about to join the 'Love Irish Food' Group. But who do Barry's Tea think about Nik's Tea?? To grow the business she bought a tea bagging machine, one of the few bagging in Ireland. She raised some loans via a company called Swoop. She has worked with the Aldi 'Grow with Aldi' programme thanks to that bagging machine. Who would she 'hire in a heartbeat'? Paddy McKillen Junior. 29.30" How do sneaky retailers get us to buy more? Well, who better to ask then Mark FitzPatrick, founder of Q-Fitz, who you could say, queues for a living. There's a huge amount of science behind making us spend a couple of Euros more, while we pay for our original purchase. His family used to own the Shopping Basket chain of retail stores. Mark swore he'd never work in retail. And, guess what, he works in retail. And loves it. He gives a surprise reason for why people buy chewing gum and gives a few insights into what he does and how and why it works. Clients they have include Circle K and they've just signed with Applegreen. DAA is another key client, along with the Aviva Stadium and the Guinness Storehouse. Because the company knows so much about queuing they have a separate division that sells queuing posts (the posts with retractable belts that we have to go around whilst queuing).The Big Plan, is to break into the UK, maybe via Applegreen. And maybe North America, where Circle K has 14,000 outlets. His 'hire in a hearbeat'? He'd hire his wife, Aga FitzPatrick. Find out why. 55.00" Branding. TeamGBS recommends the cheap and cheerful route to branding. That route involves two cheap bottles of wine, some friends and a room with a locked door. The door is only unlocked when there's unanimous agreement on a brand name. However, Gerard Tannam of Islandbridge, takes a considerably more scientific approach to his passion project, aka his work, which is branding. Gerrard spent ten years in Hong Kong as an Inspector of Police. He also won a School's Cup soccer medal and he explains that he put that up on LinkedIn to match those who post the same about their schools' rugby achievement. Niall Quinn was part of his team at Drimnagh Castle. He gives a list of 'do's and don'ts' - and he starts by asking 'what does a GREAT customer' for your business look like?He says that Ryanair is a great brand (he doesn't like them by the way!). He thinks the banks in Ireland are very poor indeed. And if you work for Arramark owned Avoca, you'd better listen good because our expert says your brand is bad.His 'hire in a heartbeat'. He gives a great answer. Hire a Ukrainian. Gerard explains why. All these great insights are thanks to our sponsor, De Facto Shaving Oil.