Highland Radio Business Matters

10 Episodes

By: Highland Radio

Presented by Chris Ashmore

Business Matters, Ep 201 – Career opportunities and promoting Donegal produce at the Mary from Dungloe Festival
Last Wednesday at 10:46 AM

In this episode the focus of attention is the forthcoming Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival which is the biggest festival of its kind in the county. 

Festivals can play a major role in boosting economic activity and the festival in Dungloe is a prime example of this, with numerous businesses benefiting.

Over the years it has adapted to the changing times, and while it retains much of its charm and traditional events that are part of its appeal and core, there have also been a number of new departures and initiatives which i...

Business Matters, Ep 200 – Ambition programme for female entrepreneurs – plus CIF director on housing

In this 200th episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore finds out more about the Ambition female accelerator programme, and speaks with Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.

He also catches up with Justin Molloy, Director, Construction Industry Federation, Western/Midlands and Northern Region, to discuss about the construction sector’s capacity to meet the demand for houses – the need for mixed private and social housing – and the infrastructural deficit.

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Business Matters, Ep 199 – Social Enterprises have big potential, plus the Letterkenny Chamber Business Awards

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore speaks with Letterkenny man John Logue who is Chief Executive officer of Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland, or SERI, a national representative body for social enterprises.

Essentially social enterprises are non-profit making but play an invaluable role in communities. And he feels they should be given more support in the way businesses are. 

We also hear from Toni Forrester of LK Chamber about the LK Chamber Business Awards, the application process, and how they have evolved and changed over the years.


Business Matters, Ep 197: Zara Montgomery’s One Stop Shop for wedding and corporate music

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore interviews musician Zara Montgomery who recently established a one stop shop for all your wedding music.

Her new band Snapshot Live was set up to cater for weddings and also corporate events.

For weddings rather than having a number of different people to contact, she can provide all the music for the big day, ranging from ceremony music to reception music, your band for the wedding and the DJ.

A hugely talented musician who has travelled widely, she certainly has an interesting story...

Business Matters, Ep 196: Micro Finance Ireland loans, Food Coast Donegal events, and third level degrees at Donegal ETB

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore speaks with Philip O’Kennedy, Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office in Ireland about how Micro Finance Ireland can help businesses.

He also talks with Maura Toner, Food Coast Donegal Executive, about a number of great events over the coming months in Donegal  that are open to the public.

And he hears from Maria Doherty of the Donegal ETB about a number of degree courses that are available at the Donegal ETB training centre in Letterkenny in the first year – and without fees – before you mov...

Business Matters, Ep 195: Larissa Feeney, President of Donegal Women in Business Network, plus a preview of the Highland Radio Customer Service Awards

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore speaks with Larissa Feeney, President of the Donegal Women In Business Network which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

She is also the founder and CEO of the award winning Accountant Online business which has seen rapid growth in recent years and which has just been rebranded.

Chris is also joined in studio by Sean Quinn, Head of Sales, Highland Radio, to look forward to this year’s Highland Radio Customer Service Awards in association with McElhinney’s Stores.  The awards cover a wide range...

Business Matters, Ep 194: Ciaran McKenna of McKenna Londis, Buncrana and Drung

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore, speaks with Ciaran McKenna, who is the owner of two family run Londis stores in Inishowen, one in Buncrana, where he also has a Circle K filling station, and the other in Drung, Quigley’s Point, where they manage the fuel for Inishowen Co-op

A native of Monaghan, Ciaran comes from a family that have been working in retail and selling fuel for generations.

Recently he was selected by FBD insurance as one of seven small businesses around the country for a special advertising package ta...

Business Matters, Ep 193: Celebrity-backed Muff Liquor Company breaks into US market

A Donegal based drinks company – whose products have attracted celebrity investors including Russell Crowe, Ed Sheeran, Jimmy Carr, and Ronan Keating – has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the US market.

The Muff Liquor Company has landed the lucrative deal with the Lucas Bols Company, one of the leading cocktail and spirits players in the worldwide cocktail market, who will now have the exclusive rights to import and distribute Muff Liquor products in the United States of America.

The Muff Liquor Company was founded in 2017 by Donegal native Laura Bonner, who was inspired by h...

Business Matters, Ep 192: Time to Speak on Eco Basket grocery store business

In this episode of Business Matters, Chris Ashmore interviews Niall Speak, the founder of the Eco Basket company.

Having experienced sustainable and waste free shopping habits when he was living in Australia, Niall returned to his native Sion Mills and began the process to set up his company.

The Eco Basket has a wide range of products including spices, herbs, grains, toiletries and eco-friendly products and he has ambitions to be the leading Zero Waste Refill provider in Ireland.

The products can be ordered online and delivered in compostable packing, and h...

Business Matters, Ep 191: Back to Gweedore from the Middle East with Helen Burke of Teambase Ireland

In this episode of Business Matters on Highland Radio with Chris Ashmore, we hear about a Donegal woman who returned to her native Gweedore after spending more than a decade in the insurance industry in the Middle East.

Helen Burke is the founder of Teambase Ireland whose business centres around simplifying and automating insurance administration business processes to enable insurance brokers to become more efficient, profitable, customer centric and innovative.

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