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Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (Glynn Williams)Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School

Since 1978, Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School have taught over 180,000 adults and children on all manner of sailing and powerboats from their base in Dun Laoghaire.

They have a great passion for their sport and enjoy nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. Whether you have been boating for many years or are a complete beginner, Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School have a programme for you.

They provide all the specialist equipment and boats, so students can focus on learning and new skill while exploring the unique surroundings of Dublin Bay.

NearlySisters (Nic Hennessy and Sue Walsh)

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Sisters in-law Nic and Sue co-founded NearlySisters Corporate and Personal Gifting Company back in 2020.

NearlySisters offer a high end gifting solution to corporate and domestic clients who want to give meaningful gifts. Every time their clients purchase one of their gifts, they’re voting for the kind of world they want to live in. That’s because at NearlySisters, they always consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their gifts. They offer fully recyclable packaging and strive to reduce their footprint daily.

They are one of the leading Irish gifting companies that help keep communities & businesses alive and vibrant by stocking products by makers, crafters & companies across the country. Every aspect of their gifting, down to the packaging is sourced here in Ireland. NearlySisters can gift small or at scale, work within a budget and including your personal messages, and wrapping in branded packaging if required, with shipping toanywhere in the world. NearlySisters, taking the hassle out of gifting!!!

Senco Sensory Solutions (Ray O’Brien)Senco Sensory Solutions - Ray O'Brien.jpg

After spending 20 years running several businesses in Germany for the American Military, Ray returned to Ireland in 2004. He became part of the care team for his brother Gerard, who has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user. After redesigning his house to suit his needs and allow him more independence, Ray became quite involved, on a voluntary basis, in the Special Needs Sector.

This journey brought him down a rabbit hole which highlighted the unavailability of products required in the Special Needs market. There was a huge demand for bespoke products to suit people’s individual needs. Hundreds of hours were spent designing, rejigging and installing bespoke and once off products for people with special needs. This led Ray to the world of Sensory Integration and Multi-Sensory Rooms.

After realizing that a more generic approach would help more people and faster, Ray decided to set up a team of professional tradesmen to bring to life the designs that, up until then, were only on paper. Since then Senco Sensory Solutions have gone from strength-to-strength and continue to work on a fantastic range of products that now benefit people worldwide.

Senco Sensory Solutions recently launched their own range of retail products, from ear defenders to weighted products, and they continue to work on their Multi-Sensory Rooms and specialised products. Changing the world, one sensory room at a time!

Robert Hernan, Senior Lead Advisor, Enterprise Ireland

Robert Hernan, is a Senior Lean advisorEnterprise Ireland - Robert Hernan.jpg within Enterprise Ireland's Lean and Operational Excellence team. Robert supports a diverse range of Enterprise Ireland's Food companies in implementing Lean transformation and change. He has worked on a variety of Lean Initiatives, previously managing Lean Start and Plus business offerings.

Robert has successfully managed the nationwide rollout of the “Lean for Micro” pilot for the 31 Local Enterprise Offices throughout the country. This nationwide initiative is a key part of the Local Enterprise Office offering to help micro enterprises improve their competitiveness and adopt Lean principles in their day to day operations. Robert has also supported the roll out of the IDA Lean initiative, 2016 and Lean Business Ireland’s roll out of regional lean networks in 2018.

Previously, Robert was the Technical Manager in the Eolas accredited Ecotoxicity Laboratory.