Beating the recession blues

THE Offaly Local development company hosted its presentation of award ceremonies recently in Millennium House, Tullamore to the Business Development program participants.

THE Offaly Local development company hosted its presentation of award ceremonies recently in Millennium House, Tullamore to the Business Development program participants.

This is a six months programme which is funded by FAS and sponsored Offaly local development company.

Fifteen budding entrepreneurs received their awards at the event.

Morgan Maher delivered a presentation regarding his New Business Morgan Maher Motors. Morgan is based in Stonestown Cloghan and specialises in 4 x 4 sales, service and crash repairs. Morgan believes information is key and always advice clients on costs prior to servicing.

Peader Devine spoke of his business, Devine Recycling, which is a new Tyre recycling facility based in Clara.

The business idea sprung from his disgust of seeing tyres dumped in fields and ditches all over the country. Devine Recycling will provide a weekly collection service to all clients and will provide certification to his customers that tyres are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. It will provide a recycling service for a variety of different products including end of life cars. In phase two of the business a production facility will be provided to convert waste tyre into usable items such as crash barriers etc.

Joe Coyne talked about his spraying and wood-finishing business.

Joe has worked with a variety of different companies in the Tullamore area and altogether he has accumulated 30 years experience in the wood-finishing business. Joe has now set up his own freelance business in wood finishing. He specialises in the finishing or re-surfacing of wooden stairs and kitchens. His philosophy is that preparation is the key to quality wood-finishing.

Colin Hegarty has 30 years experience working as a carpenter and late as a foreman in the building trade and is setting up as a small building contractor in the Rhode area. Colin hopes to earn enough money as a contractor to assist him fund his research project Flow Pipe. Flow pipe is a system which is still in the developmental stage to prevent underground water pipes freezing.

Richard Donnelly has setup his own plumbing business specialising in renewable biomass pellet boilers and wind turbines.

Meanwhile Rodney Gallagher has set up a carpentry business based in Lorrha County Tipperary. Rodney specialises in bespoke stairs and curved handrails.

Aideen Byrne did a presentation on her new business “The Frock exchange.”

The Frock Exchange is a concept where customers can trade new or nearly new designer clothing or high end high street clothing for men or women, giving customers in the midlands an affordable option to acquire designer clothing.

Finbar Finlay has set up Midland Radiator Power Flushing. The business will provide a service where your boiler system will be cleaned and sanitised giving you a warmer home and helping you save money.

Naomi Mooney presented her business “Moondesign” to the group.

A graphic design artist and sign-writer based in Birr, Naomi believes in developing a concept for her client and carrying it right through the business. Naomi also provides a high end wedding stationary service.

Niall Murphy set up Murphy Playground and Maintenance Service.

Niall specialises in playground maintenance and repair and cleaning providing clean and safe areas of children to play. Graffiti removal is also a huge element of Niall’s business.

Gerard Murray has set up a fish business in Tullamore and Kilcormac. Gerard travels to Ballycotton Bay in Cork each day to ensure he provides his customers with the freshest of fresh fish.

Seamus Tooher is setting up Tooher PVC fencing, a business supplying and fitting aesthetically pleasing maintenance free fencing gates and decking. Seamus also provides quality raised beds and sand pits for children.

Kevin Macken of FAS community services stressed the importance of the all these business and complimented participants on their ability to turn adversity into opportunity.

Carmel Ormond, Course Coordinator complimented all participants on their commitment to the program. “This commitment combined with their tenacity and vision will see them through many an obstacle and will guarantee them success in the future,” she said and wished all the participants well in their business ventures. She also issued an open invitation to each of them to return at any stage if they required any additional help.