RTE’s Taking Care of Business is a
TV series which comes the to aid of ordinary Irish people who got into extraordinary debt during the Celtic Tiger years and who are now struggling to keep their businesses afloat. With the help of two financial trouble-shooters, Sean Dunne and Tommy Murphy, the series hopes to help these businesses from going bust.
Sean Dunne and Tommy Murphy have over 50 years experience between them as financial advisers and have a wealth of experience helping those who are facing huge debt and struggling to survive.
With unprecedented access over a number of months to the stories of the six people/families featured in the series, we see how their situations are changed by the intervention of Tommy and Sean. All the stories reflect their own Celtic Tiger saga – huge confidence in their unshakeable success, no worries about taking on extremely large bank debt right up to when the crash happened.
James Fegan ( http://www.foodservice.ie ) is the third generation to run the family food business. When James took over, Ireland was booming and he was keen to expand the business from their old premises in Dublin city centre. He borrowed €3.5m in his own name to build a new warehouse in Finglas. James also bought a €1.15m home. However, he struggling to repay over €3 million in debts
Joe O’Flynn, owner of Rathsallagh Country House in Wicklow, used to have helicopter parking problems however since the recession Joe has been fighting to keep the family business afloat.
Young, single and hard working – Joe Doyle bought his first property at the age of 18. Now 28, Joe has a string of 10 properties; he also owes the bank around €4 million. Joe wants to develop a number of new business ideas and to be taken seriously as a businessman. But fears his debts will drag him down. Tommy and Sean need to plan a strategy for Joe to deal with his debt so he can move on.
Griffins has been a family bakery ( http://www.griffinsbakery.com/ ) in the heart of Galway for the last 150 years. Jimmy Griffin bought the business off his parents for €1.5 million at the height of the boom. Things were good but then the hard times hit. And now he is desperately fighting to keep the family business alive.
George Mordaunt runs a motor business ( http://www.mordauntgroup.com) and over the years he borrowed heavily to expand the group’s operations. Then the recession hit Ireland. Sales started to fall off in mid 2008 and George now has debts of €17.7 million.
Bernie Falvey and her son Nathan are owners of Ballyseedy Garden Centre, Tralee, Kerry. Bernie borrowed €4 million to develop their small family garden centre. They enjoyed one good year before the recession hit. Now the business is in financial difficulty and Sean and Tommy have to convince them to follow their business plan if they are to avoid bankruptcy