Good Things Come to Those Who Work

Saw this and it made me smile.
Good Things Come To Those Who Work...

Business Person of the Year 2012 Finalist

Really chuffed to have been announced as finalist for the 2012 Business Person of the Year Award Category in the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards. The Final takes place, on Thursday 21st June 2012 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath.

Trophies and Medals business – BuyTrophies.ie

April 2012 sees the launch of my latest venture, BuyTrophies.ie – An online fully integrated Trophies and Medals business. Using the internet to allow customers in Ireland for the first time the ability to select, engrave and fully customise their Trophies, Medals and Awards.

Trophies and Medals

My favourite part of this was making our first sale within 4 hours of going live – a major improvement on any business i’ve launched before. With the up and coming Summer and Sports day, the timing seems just right – exciting times.

Motivation of an Entrepreneur

Lately I’ve been very focused on my MMA training and my coach sent me this vid which I have to share.

In many ways it could be a metaphor for being an entrepreneur. It’s never easy, you have to want it really bad to make a success of yourself. Like the train scene, expect to be lonely on a crowded train with everyone the far side during tough times and then when you make it others will enjoy your success from afar, but never truly appreciate what you have because they didn’t partake on the journey.

The master sales approach

I think everyone can learn a thing or two from sales man Kenny Brooks.

European Single Market Opportunity

Yesterday I was in Brussels representing Ireland at the Google organised Single Market Opportunity conference. The conference consisted of European Commission officials, European parliamentarians and internet businesses with the purpose of discussing how the Internet can create jobs and be play a key role in getting Europe back on it’s feet.

The Keynote speaker was the European Commission’s Vice President – Antonio Tajani, who stated that the “goal is to double the amount of commerce online by 2015”.


(Yes that’s me at 2.20)

“The Internet Economy contributes 10 – 20% of GBP” According to Matt Brittin (VP of Sales and Operations in Google). Just think how fast that will increase in the coming three years!!

On the agenda were taxation issues about cross boarder selling within the EU and the difficulties that arise based on outdated systems for dealing with VAT on exports. Another topic raised was delivery and I was really surprised / unimpressed with some of the businesses that we purposely turning away sales and profit because they we’re willing to get their business systems in place to export.

One of the major area’s of concerns I raised is the new European Distant Selling legislation rewrites, which are due to come into effect in the coming weeks. It’s one of those legislation moves that has been written without real input from those at the coal face and while trying to encourage small business is it’s goal, it has the adverse effect in some areas.

At the event a new initiative by the Lisbon Council was announced called the S1ngle Market Entrepreneurs aimed at supporting digital entrepreneurs, which is a very worthwhile project as it’s widely agreed new markets are going to be the next big employers.

Christmas FM Raises €116,749 in 2011

One of my true loves in life is Radio. Since my Teenage years I’ve been involved in radio presenting. Every Christmas for the last four years we put together a temporary licensed radio station called Christmas FM which we run to raise money for charity. We’ve finally counted up all the donations and I’m delighted to announce we generated €116,749 for our charity partner Focus Ireland, which help the homeless community in Ireland. This figure is way above our target for 2011 and brings the total raised in the last 4 years to €320,000 for our Irish Charity Partners.

A big thanks to EBS and the Irish Daily Mail, who are the stations co-sponsors and the Alexander Hotel in Dublin who donated a suite for us to base the studio in. Here’s a quick look at the set up:

Christmas FM will be back in 2012 bigger and better then ever. I look forward to talking to you on air then.

A Quick Tour Of What It Is Zatori Does

RTE visited our Zatori Offices recently to find out about selling online and I gave them a quick tour of my Fancy Dress business – TheCostumeShop.ie

Great Advertising

Absolutely love this ad campaign by BMW… Even though I hate to say it being an Audi man
BMW VS Audi ad Campaign

Audi bring out a campaign with the latest model and says it like it is… They are going after the BMW market. The slogan reads, “Your Move BMW”. The local BMW dealer erects a banner four times the size with it’s latest product and counters “Checkmate”.

Digital Insights Conference

The Irish times is Hosting a conference in the RDS on the 14th of October (Next Friday) about the Digital Marketing Industry. Conference starts at 1.15pm and goes on till 7pm.

I’ll be Joined on stage by some of the top minds in the Digital Marketing space for the Industry Panel discussing Strategies and best practices for return on Investment in Digital Marketing. The panel consists of David Sneddon (Google), Roy Pryce (Microsoft), Darren Glynn (Paypal) and Myself.

Also on the day will be talks from Done Deal, The Telegraph and Hostel World as well as the key note address from one of Ireland’s top Digital Entrepreneurs Dylan Collins.

The conference is a bargain price at €135 as I’m confident that attendees will leave with actionable information to increase their business massively. Normally at this time of year I’m complete out of the speaking circuit as it’s peak Halloween Costumes time, but I really believe the digital arena is an area where Ireland’s economy can be dragged up by the scruff of its neck. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the event.

Tickets Available here