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Interview: Mayo base helps Salmon go global

In the midst of a pandemic and with one eye on Brexit, CMS owner Frank Salmon tells Ailish O'Hora how he's still planning for expansion

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Frank Salmon of CMS Distribution on his roof terrace in Highgate. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

Frank Salmon of CMS Distribution on his roof terrace in Highgate. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

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Frank Salmon of CMS Distribution on his roof terrace in Highgate. Photo: Jonathan Goldberg

It's not difficult to work out where Frank Salmon's entrepreneurial streak comes from. In the case of majority shareholder and chief executive of CMS Distribution, the Mayo-based specialist distributor, which supplies business and consumer technologies, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

His father Jackie, a returned emigrant, bought a tractor when he came back from Manchester in the 1950s (the first in the village of Knock) and hired himself out to local farmers, transporting hay, turf, animals or whatever was necessary.

Salmon's father died when he was 10 and a year later the young Frank was working in a local restaurant washing dishes before being promoted to a waiter's role - serving the visiting pilgrims to the Knock Shrine.