Dragon Profile - Gavin Duffy
Gavin was reared in the hospitality and retail business with his family running pubs, restaurants and shops in Naas, Drogheda and Dun Laoghaire.
Gavin Duffy has to date made the most investments in the den. He is known for the speed at which he scales the businesses he backs in the Den. Serial investor Gavin Duffy is one of Ireland's foremost dealmakers and brand launch experts. He was reared in the hospitality and retail business with his family running pubs, restaurants and shops in Naas, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda. Though he was born on a farm outside Naas, Co Kildare, he considers Drogheda, Co Louth as his home town.
By 18 he had set up a local radio station employing 20 people. 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 1992 he founded his Media Consultancy business Dorland which owns www.mediatraining.ie Dorland is the leading consultancy helping Senior Executives advise the country's top executives on all matters to do with communication and marketing.
Gavin has also successfully invested in a number of companies and start ups. He is part owner of the HRM Group of Companies, one of Ireland's biggest players in recruitment.
Some of Gavin's most successful investments in the den include:
Animatazz, the toy animation kit, first appeared on Dragons' Den in April 2009 as a first-version prototype. Remarkably it was fully developed and in toy Stores in just five months and by Christmas that year was Ireland's number 1 selling craft toy.
www.henparty.ie became the leading event organiser of hen and stag parties in 2010 and remains the market leader.
www.tanorganic.com is the world's first ECO Certified, 100% natural, organic, no smell, sunless tan and it became the number 1 seller, all categories, on an international airline in 2011 and is now selling in 44 countries.
Gavin's business partner is his wife, Orlaith Carmody. They live in County Meath with their four teenagers.