Dragon Profile - Gavin Duffy
Gavin returns for the sixth series of Dragons' Den having been there from when the show first aired in 2009. He is best known for taking businesses from concept in the Den to success in retail or online in just a matter of months. Takker, Henparty.ie, TanOrganic, Aruna Sauces and gRaw dog food to name just a few.
While Gavin has been at the pulse of the Media & Communications industry for many a year, he was actually reared in the hospitality and retail business with his family running pubs, restaurants and shops in Naas, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda. Born on a farm outside Naas, Co Kildare, he considers Drogheda, Co Louth as his home town. He now lives 5 miles outside Drogheda with his wife and business partner Orlaith Carmody ,and their four children.
Gavin set out at a young age and impressively set up a local radio station employing 20 people by age 18. In 1989 he set up the country's first licensed provincial local radio station, LMFM, after working for some years in RTE presenting various programmes including Ireland's first television business programme, "Marketplace".
In 2004, LMFM which he founded was sold to UTV for ¤11 million. In 1992 he founded his Media Consultancy business Dorland which owns www.mediatraining.ie. Dorland is the leading consultancy helping Senior Executives to communicate their business messages internally and externally. He also successfully invested in a number of companies and start ups and remains part owner of the HRM Group of Companies, one Ireland's biggest players in recruitment.
Gavin is thrilled to be back in the Den as he says it gives him a "great buzz". He says that his favourite part of the show is "the bit off the TV, working with the people I have invested in."