“It takes time to build that trust”: Maxol’s Brian Donaldson on leading a family business…as an outsider
Running a fourth-generation family business as an outsider brings its own set of challenges. As CEO of Maxol, Brian Donaldson has navigated his way to the top and is now driving a dramatically changing business.
Passion and desire: Taking a backyard business to €8.8 million turnover
Rachel Doyle's attitude to business has been one of gut feeling and unwavering belief. She talks about growing the Arboretum garden centre from an idea into an Irish success story, and the dynamics of diplomatic succession in a family business.
“The first two weeks after the accident were about preserving the integrity of the company”
Michael McCambridge took over his family business after both his parents died in a car crash. He has spent the past 30 years strengthening the brown bread's brand and is now focused on leveraging heritage and nostalgia to build out the product range.
A curious mind: Pat Rigney on building brands, scaling internationally and the future of hospitality
Pat Rigney helped Baileys become a global brand and co-founded Boru Vodka. However, be believes his latest business, a Leitrim distillery that produces Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, could be his biggest play yet.
Dave Mulligan, the cocktail king, is determined to make you drink poitín
Craft Cocktails, the bottled cocktail lockdown hit, is just one aspect of Dave Mulligan's ambition to change the way the Irish drink. He talks to Alison Cowzer about the changes coming to the hospitality industry, how to retain staff during a national shortage and his vision for Irish moonshine.
Food for thought: Tara McCarthy on Covid, Brexit and what inflation means for the Irish food industry
Despite Brexit and a global pandemic, Irish food and drink exports peaked last year. However, in a rapidly changing world, can the sector continue to thrive? Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy talks about the challenges and opportunities facing the food industry.
Colm McCarthy on Covid economics, the future of sport and why the State should give hugs instead of pay rises
The economist Colm McCarthy assesses the government’s response to the pandemic, explains why tax increases are unavoidable and links the malfunction of Irish banks to the housing crisis. And he also argues that UEFA is utterly anti-competitive.
Food, fulfilment and the future: Alison Cowzer meets Patrick Coveney
Having begun his career as a management consultant with McKinsey, Patrick Coveney has spent more than a decade running Greencore. In a revealing interview with Alison Cowzer, Coveney talks about the government's response to Covid-19, Brexit and his own future with the food giant.