Open for Business is back at 7.00pm on Thursday nights from the 29th of April on RTÉ One, presented by Ella McSweeney and Richard Curran.

Episode 2

The effects of Covid 19 have impacted every sector of Ireland's economy and it's no different when it comes to the business of sport. Sports clubs across the country in 2020 lost almost all of the income they normally generate themselves.

We are joined in studio by Nóirín Hegarty, chair of the Tourism Recovery Oversight Group, to discuss how tourism industry in Ireland is handling the recovery.

From booking trips abroad to our consumer rights when faced with last-minute cancellations, when can we realistically start to think about traveling safely again? Tourism is worth billions to Ireland’s economy and employs thousands across the country. Yet the pandemic has almost destroyed the entire industry. We’ll meet the tour guides with no income, highlight the travel agencies dealing with worried customers, plus we’ll hear from industry experts on how to book a holiday with confidence and what the future of travel could look like, post-pandemic.

We also speak to John Mullins, who has worked in advertising and sports sponsorship and is who a board member of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, about the sports sector and how it will open up again to the public.

We also meet a family who hope their new reusables business, Ecoset, can help eliminate the use of single use plastic and protect our beaches from litter.

Episode 1

We kick off this new series with vaccines. As the vaccine supply controversy rages on, we explore what it takes to mass produce such a vital drug. Open for Business highlights the Irish manufacturers playing their part in the fight against Covid-19.

We talk to Deirdre Robertson of the Economic and Social Research Institution about how the vaccine rollout might affect consumer behaviour.

From the dry ice that keeps vaccines chilled to the machinery that processes its raw materials, we'll follow the complicated supply chain that could make or break Ireland’s plan to vaccinate the entire country.

We are also joined by Colm O’Callaghan of PwC Ireland to discuss government supports and schemes, what’s in place, what’s needed, and what might disappear.

Finally, we meet Marcus O'Laoire, a DJ from Dublin, who since the virus and lockdowns decimated the live music industry has spent a large chunk of 2020 converting an old ambulance into a food truck, serving a range of delicious sandwiches.

Relevant Links

For more information on Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Offer, go to:

https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Productivity/Lean-Business-Offer/

For more information on support provided by Local Enterprise Offices, visit:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Financial-Supports/

For details on Chambers Ireland’s COVID-19 Information for Business, go to:

https://www.chambers.ie/policy/policy-priorities/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-business/

For a full list of government supports and schemes, go to:

https://www.enterprise.gov.ie