Friday 23 August 2019

Lynch's Huckletree embraces coworking in Westminster

John Teeling and Anna May McHugh at the All-Ireland Business Foundation event
John Teeling and Anna May McHugh at the All-Ireland Business Foundation event

Coworking-space firm Huckletree, co-founded by Dubliner Andrew Lynch, is to open a new shared office in the heart of Westminster.

The company has joined up with UK 'govtech' venture firm Public, and together they have got the keys to 1 Horseguards Avenue, a former events space a couple of minutes' walk from Downing Street, and opposite Britain's Ministry of Defence.

The space - which will be called Public Hall and is set to open in July - is intended to foster a greater exchange of ideas between 250 civil servants, politicians and the tech community, especially those interested in improving public services through technology.

The French Renaissance-style grade-two listed building features an outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Thames, the London Eye, and of course Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It sounds like just the spot for summer drinks after work.

Public's chief executive and co-founder Daniel Korski is a former deputy head of the prime minister's policy unit. Last year his firm helped 23 startups secure more than £10m (€11.6m) of contracts, and a number of pilot schemes. The fledgling businesses also collectively raised £42m in investment.

Lynch and his co-founder Gabriela Hersham will soon have eight Huckletree spaces in Dublin, the UK and Europe.

The pair are becoming experts at transforming spaces with an interesting history. The firm's new Manchester space is in a former office of the Daily Express, while here in Dublin they occupy Twitter's former HQ.

Feargal Quinn honoured at Croke Park All-Ireland night

The late entrepreneur Feargal Quinn was celebrated at the All-Ireland Business Summit at Croke Park last week where he had been due to speak in a panel debate and pick up an All-Ireland Business Champion and Lifetime Achievement Award.

His son Eamonn accepted the award on his behalf. The other award recipients were ploughing championship boss Anna May McHugh and whiskey veteran John Teeling.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is responsible for overseeing the Summit and All-Star awards, All-Star accreditation, Thought Leader awards, and promotes dialogue among members.

NCLS Crane and Lifting Services from Co Roscommon won the Sunday Independent Emerging Business Award, while the Irish Independent Small Business Award was won by The Zone Activity Centre, Navan.

McGregor generates $1bn in whiskey sales

MMA star Conor McGregor’s entry into the Irish whiskey market was always going to cause some level of disruption.

He used his platform from his box office fights with Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov to ensure that everyone knew he was launching a new drink.

And it has paid off. The Dublin native claimed last week that he had generated over “$1bn in whiskey sales in my first year!”

An impressive feat after he recorded the sale of more than 200,000 cases in the first six months of business.

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