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Our Vinyl Offer04/18/15
It seems that vinyl is enjoying something of a renaissance… This week, for the first time, vinyl-only singles and albums charts for the UK made an appearance. Richard brought inyl junkie and Deputy Editor of Hot Press, Stuart Clarke, into studio to...
First Contact Music
Today is International Record Store Day, but what about the bands who are trying to break into a notoriously cut-throat industry? Liam Geraghty met some musicians, and the woman they've been working with who is helping them to monetise their music and...
Movidius is an Irish tech company that was in the news this week after landing an additional €37m in investment funding, and announcing plans to create 100 new jobs in the near future. But it hasn't all been plain sailing, as co-founder and COO, Sean...
The Misfit Economy
What do Somalian pirates, computer hackers, and inner city gang leaders have in common with tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley? According to Kyra Maya Phillips - whose new book is "The Misfit Economy" - the answer is that they are all innovators....
John Boyle grew up in Camlough, Co. Armagh, and after an extended stint as a bread van driver found himself having to reassess his life at the tender age of 25. He opened a bookmaker's shop in nearby Markethill that has now grown into the BoyleSports...
Lack of Engagement in the Workplace
A recent report states that 64% of Irish employees are not engaged in their work and a further 20% are actively disengaged. Why is this figure so high? What can employees and, more importantly, employers do about it? To shed some light on the whole...
How to Fly a Horse
Kevin Ashton was a technology pioneer at MIT, and the leader of three successful start-up companies in the US. Based on his own experience and research on those around him, he has just written “How to fly a horse: the secret history of creation,...
Investing in Cider
Heineken announced plans this week to invest €20 million over the next five years in a new cider, and C&C has declared that they will be restructuring their British operation. The Irish cider industry is valued at €366m, and a growing number of craft...
Fee Paying Schools
Fee-paying schools were back in the news this week, after Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan revealed that she has been lobbied to remove a proposed cap on the enrolment of children of past pupils in the new School Admissions Bill. Dympna Devine,...
Fiona Dawson is an Irishwoman who has risen through the ranks of a global business which employs 75,000 people and last year had sales of 33 billion euro. Mars is one of the world’s biggest privately owned companies, manufacturing more than 100...
The Egg Trade
With Easter happening this weekend, we'll all be stocking up on a very specific seasonal treat. The ubiquitous chocolate egg had its roots in the tradition of giving real eggs. How is the business of real eggs going? Richard took a trip to Margaret...
Following on from the interview with Guy Standing, Richard was joined in studio by Gerald Flynn, employment specialist with Align Management Solutions, and journalist and commentator, Eamon Delaney, to discuss the new world order of insecure...
In the UK, such “zero hours” contracts - like those of many Dunnes Stores workers - have been very prevalent of late. Professor Guy Standing from the University of London has coined a term for the growing number of people from all backgrounds and...
An Irish-American Advertising Odyssey
Anyone who watches the TV show Mad Men - which returns this week for its final series - will be familiar with its atmosphere of liquor-soaked offices, clouds of cigarette smoke, and sharp suits. Prof. Colum Kenny takes a trip back to the advertising...
The hotel business is in John Fitzpatrick’s blood. He is President and CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group in New York, and has received numerous honours including “Irish-American of the Year”. He spoke to Richard about a life spent in hospitality…
Managing the Office Ogre
In a much-publicised announcement this week, the BBC announced that they “would not be renewing” Jeremy Clarkson’s contractAt what point do you have to kill the goose that lays the golden egg? To kick this hornet’s nest, Julie O’Neill, Management...
Around the World
Siobhan O’Connell of Business Plus magazine joined Richard in studio with news of what’s happening in the global business world. Stories include the death of the man who claims to have brought Singapore from the third world to the first, a...
The Business of Charity Fundraising
The charity sector in Ireland is worth €852 million euro a year, but it also takes a lot of resources to raise that kind of money. Recent research by Fundraising Ireland found that it costs the average charity almost 34 cent to raise a euro. We sent...
Carole White was instrumental in launching the careers of some of the world’s best known supermodels. Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell are just some that she helped to turn into household names, and she has just written a book -...
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Yesterday morning, Richard Bruton announced the findings of Government commissioned research into the potential benefits to Ireland of a transatlantic trade agreement. Should a deal be struck? Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times European Correspondent, has...
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