Friday night's Late Late Show will feature a range of local small-to-medium sized Irish businesses in the return of the popular slot dedicated to Taking Care of Business.

After host Ryan Tubridy issued a national call-out on his Instagram for Irish businesses in October to apply to be in with a chance of featuring on the show, applicants responded in their droves from across the country.

On this week’s show, 16 Irish entrepreneurs selected from all corners of the country will showcase their products.

Clodagh McKenna and husband Harry Herbert

According to a statement, "These innovators will demonstrate their tenacity, resourcefulness and embody the spirit of optimism that will ignite a jobs-led recovery in a post-pandemic era.

"The Late Late Show will be devoted to promoting the very best of what Irish businesses have to offer across various sectors and will exhibit a host of products from dozens of additional Irish businesses throughout the show."

Also, on Friday night’s show, Irish chef and entrepreneur Clodagh McKenna and husband Harry Herbert will speak to Ryan about their lives together at his Highclere Estate, which is the filming location of ITV drama Downton Abbey.

Last year's break-out Late Late Toy Show star Adam King and his dad, David, will join Ryan ahead of the release of David's new book A Hug for You.

Adam King

They will talk about their year since Adam first melted the nation’s hearts with his Virtual Hug and how his story continues to inspire people around the world. And Adam's wish to present The Late Late Show may be about to come true…

Derry artist Roe will sing her rendition of The Cranberries’ I Can't Be With You.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, 9:35pm.