32 episodes

In this podcast, Aidan Donnelly is in discussion with numerous guests to get insights into their journey, their highs and lows, their management styles, and the lessons they have learned along the way. Most of Aidan’s time has been spent focusing on the financials of these companies but what is more fascinating to him is how companies operate, how the entrepreneurs started them, and the business people/managements who run them.

But as with most things, a work/life balance is essential, so it won’t just be about the professional developments they have made through the years, but also the personal ones.

Aidan Donnelly, Head of Equities at Davy, has been working in, analysing, and investing in companies for decades. He has 27 years’ investment management experience. He joined Davy in 2005 and has worked as an analyst/fund manager for a range of global equity funds and is now responsible for the direct equity offering at Davy.

There will be a new episode released every two weeks, so please like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear!

Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly

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In this podcast, Aidan Donnelly is in discussion with numerous guests to get insights into their journey, their highs and lows, their management styles, and the lessons they have learned along the way. Most of Aidan’s time has been spent focusing on the financials of these companies but what is more fascinating to him is how companies operate, how the entrepreneurs started them, and the business people/managements who run them.

But as with most things, a work/life balance is essential, so it won’t just be about the professional developments they have made through the years, but also the personal ones.

Aidan Donnelly, Head of Equities at Davy, has been working in, analysing, and investing in companies for decades. He has 27 years’ investment management experience. He joined Davy in 2005 and has worked as an analyst/fund manager for a range of global equity funds and is now responsible for the direct equity offering at Davy.

There will be a new episode released every two weeks, so please like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear!

    Episode 31. Barry and Fergal Doyle co-owners of Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven

    Episode 31. Barry and Fergal Doyle co-owners of Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven

    Well summer is definitely upon us, so the timing of this chat couldn’t be better. On this episode we have brothers Barry and Fergal Doyle who are co-owners of Arboretum. Barry is CEO and Fergal is chief commercial officer.


    Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven is a second generation, family-owned garden and lifestyle retailer. The multi award-winning business, founded in rural County Carlow in 1977 by horticulturist Rachel Doyle, is today a €14m turnover enterprise employing 200 people in three locations; the flagship store in Leighlinbridge, Carlow; Arboretum Kilquade, County Wicklow and Arboretum Urban Green.


    In recent weeks, Arboretum Kilquade has fully reopened following a €4.5 million redevelopment, creating 25 new jobs. Urban Green, located above Chapter’s bookshop on Parnell Street in Dublin, opened in May 2023 and offers a unique garden, house plant and lifestyle retail experience for city centre dwellers. Each of the venues has a high-quality in-house restaurant.


    As CEO, Barry develops Arboretum’s business strategies to support business growth and a key focus for him is customer service, always seeking to enhance the customer experience, both online and in the physical stores. Barry trained as a horticulturalist at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin and has a deep love of gardening and growing.


    Fergal is Chief Commercial Operator and oversees all financial aspects of the business and focusses on developing commercial strategies to support the business’ goals. He believes in the importance of fostering long-lasting, meaningful relationships with customers through a passionate and committed team. Sustainability is also a key focus for Fergal both operationally and in the product range Arboretum offers to customers.


    This is the 31st episode with guests Barry Doyle and Fergal Doyle in the Davy podcast series 'Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly'.


    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 55 min
    Episode 30. Next Step Event – Sell it, Scale it, IPO it!

    Episode 30. Next Step Event – Sell it, Scale it, IPO it!

    The 30th episode of ‘Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly’ is a little different to the norm!

    We recently staged the first in our ‘Next Step’ series of events in the magnificent surroundings of the old trading floor of The Irish Stock Exchange (Euronext) Building in Dublin, to an audience of business owners and entrepreneurs.

    Every entrepreneur reaches a point in the evolution of their business when they are faced with the crucial decision of the ‘Next Step’ on its growth pathway and how that will be funded. For some, selling the business to a larger company makes the most sense, but for others, taking on external capital to scale up the business is more appropriate – in some cases, that external financing comes in the form of taking the company public on the stock market. There is no one right answer, so with this event, we hoped to provide insights into each route from business people who have done it before.

    We had an excellent panel comprised of Dermot Crowley, CEO of Dalata Hotel Group plc, the largest hotel operator in Ireland and with a presence in the UK and continental Europe; Leo Mac Canna, CEO and Founder of Ocuco Ltd, a thriving multinational software company with thousands of customers worldwide, who recently had Accel-KKR invested €60m in the company to help fuel its global expansion; and Mark Little, founder and successful seller of the Storyful and Kinzen media businesses.





    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 58 min
    Episode 29. Jody Fanagan, Director at Fanagans Funeral Directors

    Episode 29. Jody Fanagan, Director at Fanagans Funeral Directors

    Jody Fanagan joined the family business in 1987 as one of three in the 5th generation to run the company – the 6th generation is now also working there. He was made a director in 1994 and then became the Managing Director in 2013. 
    Fanagan’s is truly a family business established in 1819 and so has been providing excellence in funeral care to families in Dublin for two centuries, looking after 1 in every 4 funerals in the city. But is it not just one family business as the group now encompasses the Kirwans, Nichols and Carnegies funeral homes, which combined run 11 Funeral homes located throughout Dublin, employing almost 100 people. Their latest funeral home, located in Rathfarnham, opened in June 2018, is a 3000 sq. foot premises which incorporates a state-of-the-art operations and logistics centre. This represents a significant investment in the future success of the company.


    But the keen sports fan listening will also know that Jody is well known for another reason as his golfing cv is hugely impressive, boasting South and West of Ireland Championships, two appearances for the GB & Ireland team in matches against Europe, and of course a Walker Cup appearance in 1995 with three match wins including one against a certain Eldrick Woods aka Tiger!


    This golfing prowess has continued in later life with success in both the European and US Senior Amateur Opens, which will see him tee is up with the pros in the US Senior Open in 2024.


    This is the 29th episode with guest Jody Fanagan, Director at Fanagans Funeral Directors in the Davy podcast series 'Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly'.


    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 46 min
    Episode 28. Paul McCann, CEO at Ergo

    Episode 28. Paul McCann, CEO at Ergo

    Paul McCann first joined Grant Thornton in 2001, and over the next 11 years amassed extensive financial advisory experience. From 2012 -2017 he served two terms as Managing Partner navigating the firm through an accelerated growth period, expanding from 417 to 1,144 people, and growing revenues from €41m to €115.7m.


    Paul took over as CEO of Ergo in September 2021, bringing with him a reputation in corporate finance for an exceptional grasp of business value and strategies for sustainable growth. Ergo deliver high-quality and reliable IT services that add value and efficiency to their operations. They help their clients achieve their goals and overcome their pain points with their agile and customer-centric approach, empowering clients to embrace change and seize new opportunities with cutting-edge and scalable IT services.


    This is the 28th episode with guest Paul McCann, CEO at Ergo, in the Davy podcast series 'Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly'.


    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 41 min
    Episode 27. Brid O’Connell, CEO at Guaranteed Irish

    Episode 27. Brid O’Connell, CEO at Guaranteed Irish

    There cant be too many people listening to this that have never heard of the Guaranteed Irish mark. This year Guaranteed Irish celebrates 50 years supporting businesses in Ireland. Since it was first established in 1974 as a national symbol of trust and provenance for business in Ireland, Guaranteed Irish has welcomed over 2000 members.


    With that milestone, I am delighted to have the CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Brid O’Connell, here with me today. Brid had an unusual path to her current position as she initially studied Applied Chemistry, followed by Quality Management in UL. Not satisfied in her role as a Biochemist, she returned to college by night and studied for the next ten years in the areas of Marketing, Public Relations, Corporate Governance, and Leading and Managing Change.


    She worked for a time in the public sector (Limerick and Meath Local Authorities) before establishing her own business “Welcome Marketing”, a marketing and PR agency for Public sector clients. She was self-employed for over 15 years before in 2016 she appointed to the role of CEO of Guaranteed Irish Ltd and took up the reins of the organisation on 25th July of that year.


    This is the 27th episode with guest Brid O’Connell, CEO at Guaranteed Irish, in the Davy podcast series 'Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly'.


    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 47 min
    Episode 26. Niall Norton, Advisor and Mentor

    Episode 26. Niall Norton, Advisor and Mentor

    Niall Norton began his career training as an accountant and once qualified, followed this up with a stint in Deloitte Corporate Finance before taking up the reigns as CFO with Irish operations of O2, where he was responsible for financial control functions, business process re-design, strategy planning and wholesale.


    In Feb 2004 he joined Openet as CFO, a company extremely proud of its Irish heritage with a unique ethos that is harnessed to drive success and become a global player in the telecoms industry. In September 2006 he became CEO of the company and under his stewardship, it grew from a small Irish software company to a global international operation with revenues of circa $120m and employed more than 800 people. He remained in this position until August 2020 when the company was bought by US listed Amdocs, which provides software and services to the telecoms and media sectors globally.


    After the takeover, Niall was Division President and General Manager for Amdocs Networks. In this role, Niall had responsibility for rebooting the commercial strategy related to Amdocs portfolio of software and services for the network market domain.


    Niall was recognized in 2017 as one of the 100 influential people in telecoms by Global Telecoms Business.
    Earlier this year Niall Norton established Clever Communications, (“C-Comms”), a consulting company providing advisory services to client companies planning or undergoing scaling challenges.


    This is the 26th episode with guest Niall Norton, Adviser and Mentor, in the Davy podcast series 'Everyday Business with Aidan Donnelly'.


    This podcast brings you insightful conversation between Aidan Donnelly and entrepreneurs and business owners/management with their own unique story to tell. If you like what you hear, please like, share and subscribe.

    • 54 min

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