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    Saturday 21st May

    The Business, Saturday 21st May 2016

    Today's programme comes from Ballymaloe House in beautiful East Cork, where the Ballymaloe Litfest is taking place this very weekend…

    Saturday 14th May


    Does being a parent make you a better manager, or indeed, a smarter employee? With Richard Curran to tease out this conundrum is Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Recruitment...

    Dressing for Work

    Does wearing business attire enhance your business brain, the way we work, and the way we think about our jobs? We sent our own dapper dan - Liam Geraghty - to investigate.


    Falling foul of cultural nuance or taboo is always a risk when we travel abroad... but when conducting business overseas, causing inadvertent offence can be a costly mistake... Richard Curran is joined by Conor Fahy of Enterprise Ireland


    With Richard in studio to discuss the Saudi Arabian government's plan to wean the State off its economic dependence on oil is David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel Resources, and from London isProf. Tony Day, Executive Director of the International Energy Research Centre

    Louise Grubb

    Louise Grubb from Tramore in County Waterford founded, built and sold, Nutriscience, an animal nutrition company and she is now on her second successful enterprise, a pharmaceutical storage firm called Q1 Scientific – and is setting up a third called Trivium Vet. She has also just been nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2016,

    Saturday 7th May

    Trouble in Tech (The Ping-Pong Index)

    There might be some tetchiness in the tech sector of late with the collapsing PC market, Apple recording its first ever fall in iPhone sales, and Intel announcing job cuts of twelve thousand, globally. For years there has been talk of a tech bubble, but do these stark headlines mean that it's bursting? With just one tech IPO so far in 2016, the amount of money being pumped into Silicon Valley is dropping dramatically. Sunday Independent columnist Nick Webb joined Richard to gauge the significance of slowing sales in table-tennis tables.

    Green Shoots

    Next month Ireland's largest garden festival - Bloom - returns to the Phoenix Park in Dublin, showcasing the best in what Ireland has to offer in horticulture. It's a sector that's not be sniffed at, unless it's just to smell the roses. Figures from last year show Irish consumers’ gardening spend in 2014 was €631m. We sent our own darling bud, Liam Geraghty, to talk to some green-fingered business owners around the country.

    Late-Stage Successes

    The phenomenal success of Leicester City football club earlier this week has given hope to underdogs everywhere. Claudio Ranieri and his team will finally got their fairy tale ending this evening when they are presented with the Premier League Trophy. It's a sweet victory for the Italian, who has been in the management business since 1987 without winning a major title, proving that it's never too late to make the transition from bridesmaid to bride. Dublin Bureau Chief of Bloomberg, Dara Doyle, has looked into a few examples of business people who saved the best til last.

    The Value of Virality

    These days, a company’s online presence is all about driving content and going viral -there’s nothing new in that - but in some instances the content could be eclipsing the product its trying to promote... Elaine Burke, Managing Editor of Silicon Republic, joined Richard to discuss the financial viability of Carpool Karaoke, and beyond.

    Eoin Dunne, MD of Phonewatch

    Richard's guest this morning started his career in a state agency, then worked in management with one of the largest publicly quoted corporations in Ireland, and now has a senior position within a Norwegian home security group - all without ever having to move company. Eoin Dunne is the Managing Director of Phonewatch...

    The New Programme for Government

    It's a mere 70 days after the general election, and Ireland has a government at the helm, albeit a minority one. Independent TDs fill a number of cabinet positions, but getting a deal in place involved a lot more than just the promise of Ministerial cars. The draft programme for government, which details some of the promises that the new national executive is founded upon, comes in at 150 pages, if you’re looking for some light reading. Economist Colm McCarthy has taken a look to see if the numbers add up....

    Saturday 30th April

    Around the World

    Richard is joined in studio by Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & for the monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention.

    Businesses Weather Dependent

    With high winds, sleet & snow this week you could be forgiven for thinking we had all jumped into a weather Tardis & gone back to January. We told Liam Geraghty to wrap up warm & sent him off to meet the people who are weather dependent & waitin' on a sunny day!

    Company Reputations

    In the inter-connected world of ours, the impact that a company's reputation has on its financial performance is undeniable. Being held in high esteem is something that can be measured & analysed. Joining Richard are Niamh Boyle, MD of Reputations Agency who carried out the RepTrak research & Prof Cees Van Reil, global reputations expert.

    Profile - Trevor White

    Richards first guest is Trevor White who has since left the smell of the printing press (The Dubliner) behind him. He founded the LIttle Museum of Dublin, which earlier this month received the Nostra Cultural Heritage Award & you can vote for the Little Museum for The Public Choice award at

    Saturday 23rd April

    400th Anniv of Shakespeare's death

    He was renowned for his soliloquies & love sonnets but what about the connection with the world of commerce? We leave you now with a selection of the Bard's most insightful lines about business.

    The Nuclear Negotiating Option

    Earlier this week Conor McGregor appeared to announce his retirement on twitter as a legitimate tactic in trying to renegotiate his terms with his employers. PR expert wotj Reputations Agency, Trish Morrissey & Rowan Manahan, MD of Fortify Solutions join Richard in studio.

    Novel Fair - Liam Geraghty

    There is more to getting a novel onto a bookshelf than just writing it & its not the sort of thing that an aspiring writer can do on their own. Liam Geraghty investigates at The Irish Writers Centre's Novel Fair.

    Charity Innovations

    Irish Charities are having to be inventive to grab our limited attention, not to mention our spare change & they are turning to the business world for help! Evelyn O'Rourke has been finding out more about the relationship between Corp Ireland & the Not for Profit Sector.

    Business in Monaghan

    A recent study showed that nearly 22% of people working in the county are registered as employers, making it the most entrepreneurial county in Ireland. Claire Cunningham, co-founder of Aura Internet Services & Stuart Steele, Dir of Enterprising Monaghan prog & owner of Silver Hill Farm join Richard in studio.

    Profile - Literary Agent Marianne Gunn O'Connor

    Richard's first guest has built a hugely successful career representing many of the countries brightest writing talents in their search for an intl publisher. Among her clients are Cecelia Ahern, Patrick McCabe & Sinead Moriarty.

    Saturday 16th April

    High Street Hook Ups

    One of the marketing strategies employed by high street boutiques & chain stores has been to align themselves with top notch designers & A list celebrities. The latest being Marks & Spencers collaboration with model of the moment Alexa Chung. Irish Times journalist, Dominique McMullan joins Richard in studio.

    Storytelling in Business

    Sisters RAchel & Mary Kate O'Flanagan have both worked for many years in the script-writing & editing end of the film industry. In recent years they have transfered their stroy-telling skills to the world of business.

    Family Business - Liam Geraghty

    As we heard the Teeling Brothers earlier in the programme, the family business model has much to recommend it, but it also has its own unique set of challenges as Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

    Female Entrepreneurs

    'The Women's Academy' is an event which is being held in Dublin next Friday which is pitched at women who are either already in business & are looking to network with some of thier peers. Richard is joined by two of the people involved in the event, Sarita Johnstone of Female Entrepreneurship & Bernice Moran, founder of Be Sweet Company.

    The Teeling Brothers

    Richards first guests launched their own whiskey label back in 2012. They are now exporting to more than 40 different countries & since opening the distillery & visitor centre last year, they have had more than 65,000 visitors. Jack & Stephen of the Teeling Whiskey Company join Richard.

    Saturday 9th April

    Economic Anxiety Index

    Fiona Reddan, Irish Times Personal Finance Correspondent, & Austin Hughes, Chief Economist at KBC Bank were in studio this morning.

    The Business of Blogging - Liam Geraghty

    Liam Geraghty has been speaking to some Irish bloggers about using the medium to boost earnings.

    Academia & Commerce

    Every year, our many academic institutions spend vast sums of money on all kinds of research into the latest technologies, literary & psychological theories.. but where stands the relationship between academia & business? John Scanlan, Head of Commercialisation at NUI Maynooth & Vincent Forde, engineering student at CIT were in studio to discuss.

    Profile: Ruth Monahan - Appassionata

    Ruth started her career working behind the scenes as a researcher in the cut-throat television industry, before a Eureka moment on a beach in South East Asia led her to study the art of floristry in London with a view to establishing her own flower selling business with her husband Ultan. They now run Appassionata Flowers.

    Panama Papers

    The so-called Panama Papers have dominated the news agenda this week. Richard was joined this morning by John Christensen, who is Executive Director of Tax Justice Network to talk about it.

    Saturday 2nd April

    Passive-Aggressive colleagues

    It is something you may have experienced yourself at some point or another in your professional life: dealing with a passive-agressive colleague. Joining Richard in studio is Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment.

    Comic Artists/Illustrators - Liam Geraghty

    We have been hearing about what its like to work for the big guns like Marvel & DC, but what about the indie comic artists & illustrators hand-making comics around the country. Liam Geraghty speaks to some of these people.

    Declan Shalvey - Comic Book hero

    Richard's guest is one of a small but growing number of Irish artists who is managing to live the comic book dream. Clare native Declan Shalvey has drawn many iconic titles for both Marvel & DC over the years. His most personal challenge yet is to draw Batman for the first time...

    The next Uber

    The 'Elevator Pitch' is a movie industry phrase meaning a one-sentence description of a film that an aspiring screenwriter can give a big-time producer. It is also an important device for aspiring tech entrepreneurs, describing their start-up as 'Uber for ...'. Joining Richard in studio is Karlin Lillington, Technology Journalist.

    Profile - Donal O'Riain - Ecocem

    If there is one thing modern commerce is built on, it's cement. Over four billion tonnes is produced annually, and that number is on the rise. Louth man Donal O'Riain is founder & CEO of Ecocem & he joins Richard this morning.

    Saturday 26th March

    Business Around the World

    From bursting Boris's Brexit balloon to the return of the supersonic commute, Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard in studio for our monthy look at some of the week's international stories.

    100 Years of Business since 1916

    How has the Irish economy as a whole fared since the Proclaimation was first read aloud? Joining Richard from our Cork studio is Dr John Considine, Lecturer in the Economics Department at UCC.

    Business Map - Dublin 1916

    The 1916 Rising brought havoc to the city of Dublin, quite apart from the devastating loss of life, the destruction of Easter Week was immense. Liam Geraghty bring us this report on how traders & business owners got up & running again

    Chocolate Industry

    First produced in England in 1873 the humble chocolate egg is now central to our Easter celebrations but how significant are Easter eggs for Irish chocolate makers? Evelyn O'Rourke explores the chocolate industry & joins Richard this morning.

    Profile - Domini & Peaches Kemp

    From their first joint venture, a bagel shop in Dublin's Epicurian Food Hall, sisters Domini & Peaches Kemp now have five separate brands under the Itsa Group banner. They now have moved beyond bagels, with corporate catering, coffee shops & juice bars among their many ventures.

    Saturday 19th March

    Irish Character traits in a business world

    With St Patrick's Day only just behind us we thought it might be a good time to take a look at how those defining Irish character traits play in a business world. In studio is Yseult Freeney, Dir of Work & Org Psychology Masters Prog in DCU & Patrick King, Hd of Public Affairs at Dublin Chamber join Richard in studio.

    Board Games

    In a world of apps & consoles, you couldn't be blamed for thinking that board games were an unwanted relic from a more simplistic time, but you would be wrong to think that! Liam Geraghty explores the cardboard revolution.

    Ambition, Why its Good to want more & How to Get it

    When we describe a person as ambitious we are probably being negative about them. For whatever reason, being seen as a unreconstructed go-getter is not necessariily a good thing but author Rachel Bridge feels this is unfair & wants to rescue & rehabililtate what it is to have a dream & make it happen!

    Virtual Reality

    2016 is predicted to be the first billion-dollar year for Virtual Reality with three major products, from Oculus, Microsoft & HTC scheduled for launch in the next few weeks alone. John Kennedy, Editor of Silicon Republic joins Richard this morning.

    ESB CEO Pat O'Doherty

    The ESB Group published its annual report for 2015 earlier this week showing operative profits increasing by almost a third on the previous year. Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive of the organisation joins Richard in studio.

    Saturday 12th March

    Memorabilia 1916

    With the first of three auctions of 1916 memorabilia taking place tomorrow in Dublin, it is a busy time for collectors, auctioneers & dealers. Our reporter Liam Geraghty met some of the people hoping to bid on a bargarin & make a cut on a collectible!

    Unsustainable Commutes

    The Economic & Social Research Institute published two reports this week that touched on the topic of housing. Richard is joined in studio this morning by Conor Skehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency.

    Business through Irish - Evelyn O'Rourke

    It is estimated that St Patrick's Day has more than a 120 million euro impact on local economy. The Irish language has been getting in on the act through the success of the 'Seachtain na Gaeilge' campaign in the run up to March 17th. Evelyn O'Rourke has been talking to people working through the Irish language & joins Richard this morning.

    The Business of Children's Books

    Introducing a love of reading to a new generation is one of life's great pleasures but it is also a market force to be reckoned with, as the children's book sector is at the strongest it's been for a decade. Richard is joined in studio by Grainne Clear, Little Island Books & Carlotte Eyre, The Bookseller Magazine.

    Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland

    During the week we learned that the economy grew at an even faster rate than we even imagined last year. With foreign direct investment & the growth of indigenous Irish companies of all sizes playing a part in the growth of the economy. Richard speaks to Julie Sinnamon of Enterprise Ireland.

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