Saturday 29 April 2017

The future is crystal clear: grab the bull by the horns

Failing industries are prompting workers to take the initiative and start new businesses, writes Maeve Sheehan

THIS time last year Waterford Crystal shut down -- and Derek Smith felt that his working life had come to an end.

He was a glassblower from the age of 15 -- and at age 45 he didn't know how to do anything else. Who would want to hire an unemployed glassblower during a recession? The answer came in March last year.

Another talented glassblower, Tony Hayes, 36, came up with the idea of pooling their collective skills to start another glass company in Co Waterford. It would produce coloured glass, lamps, chandeliers and decorative pieces.

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