The Bottom Line on KCLR

Joining John Purcell on this week’s episode of The Bottom Line was Aidan McCullen host and founder of The Innovation Show, Brian O'Flynn, Head of Ireland's Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland, Brid O'Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Deirdre Martin, President of Network Ireland Kilkenny Branch and retailers from across Carlow & Kilkenny who provide an insight in to how the first week of reopening their business has been.

Show Notes

This week on The Bottom Line on KCLR John was joined by Aidan McCullen host & founder of The Innovation Show and a change consultant. Aidan joined John to talk about his story, how he has evolved in his own career after life as a professional rugby player and his interest in the idea of human development & capabilities from very early on. Aidan talks about innovation, change and the importance of continuing to grow and evolve in both life and business.

During the week, Fáilte Ireland published their operational guidelines with industry groups for the safe reopening of the tourism & hospitality industry on the 29th June 2020. Brian O’Flynn, Head of Ireland’s Ancient East joined John to discuss the operational guidelines in more detail. He also spoke about the industry and the scale of the challenges that it now faces as well as highlighting the supports available to businesses within the  sector.

Now more than ever, we are all very aware of the importance of supporting local and supporting Irish and most of us are familiar with the Guaranteed Irish symbol, Brid O’Connell, Chief Executive of Guaranteed Irish spoke with John about the work that Guaranteed Irish do to support all businesses who support jobs and communities in Ireland. Brid also spoke about the work that they have continued to do during the Covid -19 crisis.

Deirdre Martin, President of Network Ireland Kilkenny branch spoke to John about the Business Woman of the Year Awards 2020 which this year will take place virtually on 2nd October 2020, the Businesswoman of the Year Awards were transformed to reflect the new realities of Ireland’s working women.

During the week we spoke to several businesses across Carlow & Kilkenny who had reopened their premises for the first time since March. They shared their experiences of the first week back in business as well as reactions from the public to the reopening of businesses and the new ways in which they now operate.

With thanks to O’Neill Foley, Produced by Deirdre Dromey.

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What is The Bottom Line on KCLR?

The Bottom Line is KCLR's business-focused show presented by John Purcell.

Each week we'll look at key business issues and trends and hear from leading figures locally, nationally and internationally.