Greater Newry Area Business Awards 2021

Greater Newry Area Business Awards

The Public Eye Podcast, which is hosted by the wonderful Sarah Travers, aims to inspire existing business owners and ambitious entrepreneurs to grow their business by offering insight into the success of local Newry companies.

We were delighted to have so many of last night’s lucky winners at the ‘Greater Newry Area Business Awards’ feature on our podcast. To find out more about winners and their businesses click the link to their episodes below.

Granite Podcast Studio was also thrilled to be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Best Innovative Business’. We would like to thank Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade for organising this wonderful event.

Granite Exchange Winners of the Best Kept Business Award and Highly Commended in the Best Innovative Business Award Category. Jessica Phillips and Colleen O’Hare representing Grantie Exchange at the Greater Newry Area Business Award Ceremony 2021.

The principal sponsor of the awards was Shelbourne Motors, to hear more about their business listen now to Caroline Willis, Financial Director of the company.

The award for ‘Best Restaurant & Bistro section of the Best Place to Eat’ category and ‘Best Tourism & Hospitality Business’ went to Killeavy Castle Estate

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The award for ‘‘Best Marketing Initiative’ went to AbbeyAutoline

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The award for ‘Best Businesswoman’ and ‘Best Customer Services’ went to Gemma Murphy and Jack Murphy Jewellers

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The award for ‘Best Kept Business’ went to Granite Exchange

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The award for ‘Best Small Business’ went to RNN Communications

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The award for ‘Best Family Business’ went to Crilco – Crilly Sweets

The Business Awards Charity Partner for the Greater Newry Area Business Awards 2021 this year was PIPS Hope and Support Ltd, to hear more about the history of the charity and the great work they do, listen here.

Behind the scenes: Newry businesswoman describes her first podcast experience

Behind every great podcast is a great person with a great story.

Today we’re enjoying a behind-the-scenes chat with one of Ireland’s leading fitness figures in the last decade, Newry’s Natasha Daryaie.

Natasha, known affectionately by her clients as ‘The Gym Guru’ started her exciting journey under unique circumstances; at The Fun House, Newry.

This is where she juggled a successful twelve-year career as a busy manager at the popular family entertainment centre, alongside coaching hundreds of women in weight loss boot camps.

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing every facet of modern life, The Gym Guru’s membership doubled, with the business experiencing rapid growth.

And with the rapid expansion, Natasha decided to start a podcast, which she recorded at Newry’s Granite Podcast Studio.

“My business has rapidly grown in 2020, and I feel that this year has had such a detrimental effect on people’s mental health,” Natasha explains.

“I wanted to help more people get through this tough time, and I believe that podcasts and audiobooks can help people learn, grow and self develop through this challenging time,” she adds.

Speaking about Granite Podcast Studio, Natasha says as soon as she heard Granite Exchange was opening a podcast studio, she knew it was the perfect time to launch her podcast.

“I didn’t have any knowledge about how to start a podcast, but the staff in Granite Exchange took care of everything,” Natasha explains.

“I love Granite Exchange and everything it has to offer for local businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Describing her new podcast – The 3 Points Podcast – Natasha comments, “I want my podcasts to provide people with 3 main points to help their life physically and mentally.

“I will be taking on exciting guests along the way, and they too will be sharing their 3 main points in the interview, and the room at Granite Podcast Studio is perfectly set up for interviews, with four microphones.

I also plan to make use of the studio’s cutting-edge technology and software, which allows me to interview people over the phone.”

She adds, “The staff at Granite Podcast Studio are fantastic; they showed me how to use all of the equipment.

“I also made use of the studio’s editing service, which transformed my new podcast into a professional, ready-to-upload show.

There’s a real personal touch to everything in the studio, and that’s only made possible by the friendly staff who personalised my experience.”

Natasha says her first experience of podcasting at Granite Podcast Studio was “amazing”.

“It truly is a fantastic setup; a state of the art studio with the best recording equipment.  

All I had to focus on was the podcast’s content; everything else was taken care of.

Jessica was fantastic and made me feel so welcome and relaxed,” she adds.

One of her favourite parts of the experience, she says, was “picking the music with Jessica that will open my podcast up.”

With a brimful of ambition, Natasha says her first foray into the podcasting industry has given her “confidence to make my podcasts stand out.”

The Gym Guru describes the experience as fun and creative, and says other local businesses “100% must try podcasting”.

“It was straightforward to book a time slot for recording and editing in the studio on the Granite Podcast Studio website.

I was delighted with the final result; the sound quality was amazing, and I just can’t wait now to let listeners hear it.

Thanks to the help from staff at Granite Podcast Studio, my podcast is now available to listen to on Apple, Spotify, Podbean, Google Play and Amazon music.”

Follow Natasha’s journey on Facebook and Instagram.

Granite Podcast Studio charge just £40 + VAT per hour for a one-off session, and our format is compatible with all streaming services.

Need your podcast edited too by the experts? The editing option costs only £40 + VAT per hour.

So for just £80 you can have your podcast professionally recorded and expertly edited.

For more information or to book your session visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com

The Public Eye Podcast – Season 5!

Granite Podcast Studio are set to launch their fifth series of ‘The Public Eye Business Podcast’ Which is hosted by the wonderful Sarah Travers!

The previous four series’ featured some truly ambitious people, and the fifth will be no different; we hear fantastic stories from the best and brightest Northern Ireland has to offer.

The podcast aims to inspire existing business owners and ambitious entrepreneurs by providing a unique insight into the success of local businesses, its set to launch Wednesday 8th September 2021 at 10am and will be available on all major streaming platforms.

This series, which is sponsored by Granite Legal Services, gives listeners the inside scoop on another six fascinating individuals:

Wednesday 8th September

Episode 1- Riki Neill, Founder of RNN Communications

Wednesday 15th September

Episode 2- Ann Morgan, CEO of Murdock Builders Merchants

Wednesday 22nd September

Episode 3- Rashida Keenan, Rashida Photography

Wednesday 29th September

Episode 4- Jim Finnegan, Founder of PocketBox

Wednesday 6th October

Episode 5- Sarah Henry, Director of Immigration at Granite Legal Services

Wednesday 13th October

Episode 6- Michael Nugent, Founder of Nugelato

Join Riki Neill as she tells Sarah Travers how she launched the multi award winning public relations company, RNN Communications. Riki also discusses why her and her team successfully transitioned to a 4-day work week.    

Sarah is also joined this series by Ann Morgan, CEO of Murdock Builders Merchant. In this episode Ann describes the opportunities available to women in today’s construction industry, the importance of people in the workplace and how she overcame her biggest challenges.

Rashida Kennan shares her journey on becoming a renowned and award-winning Irish Photographer. Rashida tells Sarah how she created her style of photography and how she never gave up on her dream. Rashida also speaks about her latest venture which is vintage inspired children’s clothing.  

We also welcomed Jim Finnegan onto the podcast, Founder of PocketBox, an app that promises to help motorists safely and securely manage all their essential vehicle documentation. The innovative new app will ensure all drivers are legally covered, with handy reminder alerts for any soon-to-expire documents as well as service history prompts. Jim tells the story about where the idea came from and how he made it a reality.

Sarah Henry, Director of Immigration at Granite Legal Services tells our host how she got into the industry. Sarah discusses the ever-evolving immigration system following Britain’s exit from the EU. Sarah also discusses her new role as host on the new podcast ‘Activist Lawyer’ which is committed to highlight and combat injustices and inequalities.

For the season finale, Sarah is joined by Michael Nugent, Founder of Nugelato. Michael talks about his family’s history with ice cream and where he got the idea for his Italian inspired boutique.

Launching on Wednesday 8th September 2021, you can find the upcoming series on SpotifyApple Podcasts and Pod bean, as well as catching up on the incredible stories from the last three series!

For more information on our studio visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com

The Public Eye Podcast – Season 4!

Granite Podcast Studio are set to launch their fourth series of ‘The Public Eye Business Podcast,’ which is hosted by the incredible Sarah Travers!

The first three series’ featured some truly inspirational people, and the fourth will be no different; as we hear some fantastic stories from the best and brightest Northern Ireland has to offer.

The podcast aims to inspire existing business owners and ambitious entrepreneurs by providing a unique insight into the success of local businesses.

The first episode of the series is set to launch on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 10am and will be available on all major streaming platforms.

This series, which is sponsored by Granite Legal Services, gives listeners the inside scoop from another six fascinating individuals:

Wednesday 14th July

Episode 1- Tom Smyth, Founder of DREAM Apartments

Wednesday 21st July

Episode 2- Grainne McCoy, Founder of Give Us Beauty

Wednesday 28th July

Episode 3- Giuseppe Fallone, Founder of La Dolce Vita

Wednesday 4th August

Episode 4- Jason Foody, General Manager of Killeavy Castle Estate

Wednesday 11th August

Episode 5- Annette Kelly, Founder of Little Penny Thoughts

Wednesday 18th August

Episode 6- Zara McLaughlin, Founder of Zara Ceramics

Join Tom Smyth as he tells Sarah Travers how he launched the multi award-winning Dream Luxury Serviced Apartments in 2017, which has since become the leading serviced accommodation supplier in the UK.

Sarah is also joined this series by local beauty guru and entrepreneur Grainne McCoy. The former semi-finalist of the Apprentice hit our screens in 2016 but has since started her own range of beauty products and has recently opened her own beauty super store, ‘Give us Beauty,’ right here in the heart of Newry City.

Giuseppe Fallone shares the secret in the sauce… and to his success! The Founder of the award-winning restaurant, ‘La Dolce Vita’ explains to Sarah how the business has achieved all its success so far, the thought process that goes into creating the famous dishes and how he launched his products into supermarkets across Ireland in a global pandemic!

We also welcomed Annette Kelly onto the podcast, Founder of Little Penny Thoughts, which was originally launched as a Facebook page by Annette and has now accumulated a community of over half a million followers across its social media platforms. Annette shares why she started this venture, how she manages to stay motivated and is able to inspire people across the world.

Jason Foody, ‘King of the Castle,’ shares his story on how he became the General Manager of the stunning Killeavy Castle Estate, voted Castle Hotel of the Year and Hotel 2020. Jason also shares his vision for future and highlights the importance of sustainably.

For the season finale, Sarah is joined by the super talented Zara McLaughlin, Founder of Zara Ceramics. Zara talks about how her passion over lockdown has led her into a full-time career with her online following soaring to over 30,000 over the course of a few months.

Launching on Wednesday 14th July 2021, you can find the upcoming series on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Pod bean, as well as catching up on the incredible stories from the last three series!

For more information on our studio visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com

The ‘What’s the Crime?’ podcast by Gráinne and Gemma Gallanagh

The ‘What’s the Crime?’ podcast by Gemma and Grainne Gallanagh

For anyone who can’t resist a spine-chilling tale, our latest podcast series is the perfect treat for true crime junkies everywhere.

Created and hosted by Donegal native Grainne Gallanagh and featuring her sister Gemma, the ‘What’s the Crime?’ podcast follows a different case each week, thankfully solved, from all corners of the world – Grainne does the research into the story and then tells Gemma everything about the case, therefore allowing listeners to hear a real and organic reaction to the heartbreaking (and often disturbing) cases.

Grainne, 26, is a model, having won the coveted Miss Universe Ireland title in 2018 and placing in the Top 20 in the Miss Universe competition, and a nurse; she returned to her healthcare role at the beginning of the pandemic, after participating in the fourth series of Dancing With the Stars Ireland.

Grainne has always had a love of true crime, as has Gemma, and they most definitely are not alone; despite only launching ‘What’s the Crime?’ at the end of March, their new series has been ranked as the number 4 true crime podcast on Apple Podcasts.

To record your Podcast in our state-of-the-art studio please email us at: info@granitepodcaststudio.com.

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For more information visit: www.granitepodcaststudio.com