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Former Limerick Chamber CEO Maria Kelly joins iBusiness Warriors

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Vincent Reynolds Founder, Maria Kelly Director and John MacNamara Founder, iBusiness Warriors.

Former CEO of Limerick Chamber of Commerce Maria Kelly joins iBusiness Warriors, a unique enterprise set up to help small and medium sized businesses to dramatically grow their revenues and increase profits.

iBusiness Warriors was established in early 2014 by two time entrepreneur of the year John MacNamara and Management Consultant Vincent Reynolds to help SMEs that are stuck in survival mode after years of recession.

“Through our work with SMEs, we noticed that many owner managers were feeling bruised and battered after the recession and were struggling to move their business on to the next level and focus on profit and growth.  We formed iBusiness Warriors because we knew our combined knowledge and expertise could help these businesses grow and succeed”, explained John.

“We understand business and can bring fresh thinking and new ideas” added Vincent.  “Our focus is to provide practical hands on help and support across all areas of the business including marketing, sales, customer service, finance and operations.  We don’t just give our clients a growth plan and walk away, we stay with them and help them implement it.  We also offer something unique that removes the risk for our clients because we are compensated on a success fee basis.  If our clients do not achieve growth we simply do not get paid.”

Between them, the founders of iBW have a wealth of experience both at a senior management level in multinational organisations as well as successfully setting up and running their own businesses.  This experience is already helping a number of SMEs around the country increase their revenues but their model was proving to be so successful they had to look at growing themselves to keep up with the demand.

“Word of mouth was spreading quickly about our unique service and enquiries were flooding in. We knew we had to seriously think about adding to our team but finding the right person wasn’t going to be easy.  This is why we are delighted Maria has joined us.  Maria has experience operating at a senior level in both large and small organisations.  She has a real understanding of what it takes run a small firm as well as a strong sales and marketing background,” said John.

Maria who was CEO of Limerick Chamber of Commerce for 10 years was also Head of Marketing with Chorus (now UPC) for over eight years, and worked for Murray Consultants in Dublin where she gained experience in corporate PR as well as event management with the Irish Open Golf Championship.  Maria is also conducting PhD research into small firm growth at the University of Limerick.

Speaking about her new role Maria said, “I am delighted to be joining iBusiness Warriors.  After ten years of working closely with small and medium enterprises in the Chamber I know this is the type of help that many owner managers are crying out for.  They are trying to do everything, dealing with the day to day demands of running their business as well as looking at ways to achieve sustained growth.  We can take that struggle away by enhancing their senior management team and offering key business skills and experience that would not normally be available to them.”

iBusiness Warriors is based in Mallow Street Limerick and is the business growth arm of BCM Business Cost Management, a highly successful cost management business founded by John over twenty years ago and now operating in 18 countries worldwide.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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