Blathnaid, a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, grew up in a family business, known as a General Merchants. My family were all things to all people in the local community. This included the groceries, telecoms, correspondence, social life – pub; afterlife – undertaking; travel- service station; agricultural – fertilizer, grain, wool, etc and much more.
Having grown up steeped in business, the desire to be self-employed was in the blood. Self-employed from the age of 29 having graduated from the world renowned Shannon College of Hotel Management worked in the hotel industry for a number of years. Totally enthralled by entrepreneurs, I have worked as an advisor to all sectors of the hospitality industry since 1991. It was this experience and ongoing involvement in the industry which prompted me to set up The Business of Food in 2010- Short focused courses on the business side of food.
The mission is simple – ‘to help those starting a business to get it right and those already in business to make the top and bottom line better. ’.
The Courses which now make up the The Business of Food calendar range from 6 weeks to three days and include ‘The Business of Opening a Restaurant; The Business of Opening a Café; The Business of Staying in Business, The Business of Catering and very popular 10 day course, Business of Food @ The Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Business of Pub Food in Partnership with The Vintners Federation of Ireland.
I am passionate about helping those going into the business to do it right and helping those in the business to do it better.
Dr. Melia has a wide range of industrial experience in hospitality and tourism predominately in senior management positions in hotels, conference, event and tourism organisations and spent some time as a Bord Failte Inspector.
Elizabeth has 25 years experience in commercial horticulture and garden design. She is passionate about the creation of gardens from the tiny window box garden to the large private garden spaces and commercial projects.
Mary Daly is a qualified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma in Education from UCC. She taught at second level before joining the Defence Forces as an Officer Cadet.
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