The Business Saturday 14 February 2015
Supermacs' Pat McDonagh
Pat McDonagh was in the news this week in a classic David versus Goliath story, after McDonalds filed a 41-page objection against Supermacs' application to register its trademark across the European Union. So is the plan to open Supermac's right across Europe and in America?
The Business of Blooms
4 out of 5 women say that Irish men are less romantic than their international counterparts, but despite that less-than-enthusiastic rating you can be sure that cash registers across the country have been ringing all week, and will continue to do so today as lovers shell out for Valentine's Day cards and gifts for.
Liam Geraghty has been finding out just how many people still choose to say it with flowers.
Tanya and Phillip Airey of Sunway Tours
When online booking facilities first became available to anyone with an internet connection it was generally felt that the role of the traditional tour operator would become obsolete, and that nobody would ever want to buy a package holiday again.
While a number of big players in the market did fold up their tents in the time since, last year Sunway Travel turned over 40 million euro and the 50-year-old Irish company continues to employ a staff of 80.
Managing Director Tanya Airey and her husband Phillip joined Richard in studio.
Making Millions in Merch
Screens up and down the country are reportedly booked out for the first showing of "50 Shades of Grey",
but although the box office will make plenty of money for the producers, much of the real moolah these days is made through merchandising.
Timmy McGann from marketing company The Hub at Trade Wins discusses the phenomenon of licensing...
The Wedding Band Business
Never let it be said that we don't do romance on The Business. After a few Valentine's Days and more than a few flowers and chocolates, the natural progression for many Irish couples is the "Big Day Out".
What's it like to be working on the frontline? Jonathan Casey performs in one of the country's leading wedding bands, "The Best Men", and the business side of things is run by his wife, Niamh Brennan, who is CEO of the Music Angel booking agency.