Close on 200 people attended this morning’s Laois Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast in the Killeshin Hotel which featured a sitdown interview with Pat McDonagh, owner of both Supermac’s and The Killeshin Hotel.
The Laois Chamber of Commerce was re-launched in recent months following the appointment of a new board and Bernie Everard as CEO and it has certainly hit the ground running.
Almost 100 businesses in the county have signed up as members already and more will follow as the vibrancy and energy of the group certainly seems to be hitting the right tone with the business community.
Sponsored by Permanent TSB, whose Laois-Offaly manager Stephen Hudson addressed the meeting, Pat McDonagh, Bernie Everard and the Chamber’s president Martin Crowley all spoke.
Pat McDonagh, in an interview with Ronan Berry from Midlands 103, spoke out strongly on the insurance claims culture that exists in Ireland as well as how he has grown his business since its foundation in 1978.
He said the Supermac’s in Portlaoise, which he opened in 1995, is one of the group’s best-performing outlets and how he plans to grow his staff numbers in Portlaoise even more when the new Supermac’s opens off Junction 17 at the motorway.
The Laois Chamber of Commerce holds a series of smaller networking throughout the month and can be checked out on the Chamber website.
Photographer Alf Harvey was in attendance and captured a selection of images which you can check out in full below.