Bobby is formally co-owner and Chairman/CEO of Insomnia Coffee Company (which he exited from in 2018), Ireland largest independent coffee chain, which at that time had over 140 shops, employed over 500 people and sold over 14 million cups of coffee a year. Bobby is a presenter on “Down to Business” the popular Newstalk radio business show on Saturday. He also co-hosts an SME slot called #bobbymeansbiz on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk. His business show has a listenership of 115000 listeners having grown it from just 27000 when he started 9 years ago. From 2017 to 2019 he presented “Bobby’s Late Breakfast” a life style magazine type show on Sunday mornings which had 93000 listeners. He was one of the original Dragons on Dragon’s Den for the first 4 years of the series. Although he has left the series to look at other broadcasting opportunities, he continues to be actively involved with the 9 investments he made during the series. Bobby is also a popular business, entrepreneurial and motivational speaker.
His Maritime TV documentary 8-part series “Along Home Shores” was filmed and aired in 2016. This saw Bobby circumnavigate Ireland looking at life, history, sport and business with water being the common theme.
Bobby’s of business interests are in a variety of sectors including food and hospitality, technology, hardware and exhibition. Best known in Ireland as a ‘Dragon’ on the Irish TV version of Dragons’ Den, Bobby is also a popular public speaker and business mentor.
Bobby is passionate about small business. He sat on the board of Microfinance Ireland (MFI) for 3 years. MFI is a not for profit lender that provides loans to small businesses of less than 10 employees with a turnover of less than €2m. This organisation has €90 million in funds to lend to small business over the next 10 years. As well as his involvement on the board Bobby also sat on the Credit Control Committee, responsible for reviewing the terms of credit agreements. Bobby was also a member of the Small Business Advice Programme – a targeted programme set up to provide free advice and support to SME’s. He is also chaired the business development group for An Post, a group set up by the Minister of Communications in 2015 to decide the future of the Post Office in both urban and rural Ireland. He is the author of “The Kerr report” which maps out a blue print for the future of the Irish Post Office network. He is also Chairman of The Great Lighthouses of Ireland an of the Board of the Cliffs Of Moher as part of his maritime interests.
He is a keen sailor and runner. He lives with his wife Mary and their four daughters by the sea in Sandycove, County Dublin.
Bobby is one of our most popular business and motivational speakers. He is also regularly asked to speak on the following topics:
- Growing and Scaling a business
- Selling your business
- Building a brand
- Building your personal brand
- Steering a business through recession
- Retail, coffee, food and hospitality
- Health in business
- Surviving cancer
- The importance of fitness in life and business