Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey of Teamwork.com, which employs 200 people and has 22,000 customers.

At a young age, both Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey developed an interest in computer programming. Peter, at just 10 years old, began selling games(...)

Diaceutics founder Peter Keeling: “The worst advice I received was to create a large board of very senior pharmaceutical people.”

When Peter Keeling presented his vision for drug development and patient care to 50 people at a conference in Miami 13 years ago, only seven were left(...)

Virginia International Logistics managing director Ray Cole: “We have big plans to have a substantial portion of our fleet fuelled by compressed natural gas in the coming months.”

Ray Cole’s father, Johnny, was the reason he and his brothers got involved in the logistics business. In the 1960s, Johnny began collecting milk in t(...)

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy of Major Equipment International, which employs 100 people and has a turnover of €15 million.

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy learned their respective trades elsewhere before returning to the family business in the mid-Noughties. The sisters, no(...)

Gareth Chambers, Around Noon: “People want to be able to eat healthily regardless of how busy their lives have become”

Following a management buyout in 2016, 33-year-old Gareth Chambers has grown Around Noon from a company with a £2 million turnover to one with turnove(...)

Arboretum founder Rachel Doyle

In 1977, Rachel Doyle set up her garden centre brand, the Arboretum, from her back garden. Today, Arboretum is a modern family business employing 90 p(...)

Bill Wolsey of the Beannchor Group

More than 42 years ago, Bill Wolsey opened his first bar in Bangor. That bar would ultimately form part of the Beannchor Group, which now owns more th(...)

The most difficult thing Vicki O’Toole ever did in business was deciding to go into JJ O’Toole Ltd and having to learn everything from scratch

Vicki O’Toole joined the business, which had been in her husband’s family, at a turbulent time. The 2002 plastic-bag tax was heavily impacting busines(...)

Electricity Exchange co-founder Dr Paddy Finn: “I’m not a fan of ‘It’ll all work out in the end’ as it undermines the work that has to go into making it true.”

A provider of smart technology to improve the use of Ireland’s electricity grid, Electricity Exchange also pays clients for making excess power availa(...)

VR Education founders David and Sandra Whelan recently listed the company on the Irish and London stock exchanges.

David and Sandra Whelan co-founded VR Education in 2014 in an effort to bring immersive technology to distance learning, thus transforming how student(...)

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