What Our Entrepreneurs Say

Carlow provides the infrastructure and ecosystem enabling innovation, ambition and success, which is why it is home to leaders in technology, engineering, pharmaceutical and retail enterprises.  Hear why these inspirational entrepreneurs choose Carlow as an attractive location for their business.

Mark & Natalie

Evolving over 27 years from a screen-printing and sign-making company with 5 staff, to one of Irelands leading shopfitting and signage manufacturers employing over 27 staff, Mark & Natalie Dowling live their “mission to dream big and continually evolve”

Mark believes their Carlow location “ is centred nicely to travel anywhere in the country” and encourages “every small business to take advantage of the LEO support and training in LEAN principles, business development and marketing”

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision

Peter F. Drucker

Jo Browne
Jo Browne

The Jo Browne natural bamboo products range includes perfume, skincare and linen and is available in 140 stockists across Ireland. Achieving an annual turnover in excess of €1million and employing 16 people Jo strongly believes that “hard work pays off”.

Acknowledging the Local Enterprise Office and the ACORNS Programme in her success, Jo says “Acorns programme is designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs. It’s important not to be afraid to ask lots of questions”

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, It comes from what you do consistently

Marie Forleo

David Walsh

Halocare chief executive David Walsh says their “mission is to empower older people to enjoy a better quality of life through supportive technology and 24/7 support.”  The availability of innovative technologies using AI and machine-learning software is integral to the evolution of their business.

Awarded the National Enterprise Awards Outstanding Achievement Award 2021, this award showcases local impact and longevity of businesses and is a huge endorsement for Halocares vision and future plans.  David says they “expect to increase tenfold by end of 2022”