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Success Story – Colin Harris Furniture

Based in his rural studio in Newcastle, Co. Dublin, Colin Harris is a furniture designer and maker who works with clients to create timeless pieces for their home or space that resonate their unique story.

Having started the business back in 2015, his designs are inspired by local, wild, simple things and are handmade design created from exquisite wild Irish hardwoods.

He designs and manufactures his own collection of home accessories and creates bespoke timeless pieces for individuals and corporates.

Colin wanted to increase the number and value of sales and increase the efficiency of production for Colin Harris Furniture so approached the Dublin Rural Leader for advice.

Colin explains that after talking with the team and explaining the outcomes that he wanted, “they invited me to submit an Expression of Interest, which was approved. Dublin Rural LEADER were very helpful in guiding me through the process.”

What Colin wanted to achieve with match funding from Dublin Rural Leader included

  • a professional website which included an online ordering facility.
  • Additional production equipment with modern dust extraction and safety guards & features.

When Colin received funding, he said “The Dublin Rural Leader investment in the business has made a significant step change in both sales and marketing and the efficiency of production. I am very excited about the possibilities for growth in the future.”

And what a growth trajectory Colin has been on.

He has won the Innovation & Craftsmanship Award, Overall Winner, Design & Crafts Council, 2019 as well as Best Product Award, Highly Commended, Design & Crafts Council, 2019.

He has been nominated for Furniture Designer of the Year in Image Interiors in 2019. His renowned slatted chair was featured as part of the marketing campaign for Showcase 2019.

His work has been featured in umpteen press journals and media, most recently, on RTE’s The Today Show in early January 2020.

And much more. He has received commissions from international and national buyers.

We are delighted to see Colin do so well and look forward to hearing about more success in the future.

Colin concluded “I sincerely want to thank Dublin Rural Leader for all their help and support without which I could not have achieved this significant development in my business.

If you have an idea for a business and live in Dublin Rural areas, then contact our team Today. Don’t delay, we are here to help.

Call – 01 807 4282

Email – eharrington@fingalleaderpartnership.ie

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Success Story – The Dog Lodge & Lounge Lusk

The Dog Lodge & Lounge in Lusk is a pet hotel with 10 spacious suites all decorated to a luxurious standard. It has an enclosed garden, large enough to cater for both large and small dogs.

Established in 2018 by Antoinette Carroll, Fingal Leader was delighted to have been able to support a great idea that has turned into an amazing business.

The services that Antoinette offers at Hedgetown Lane, Lusk include day camps aswell as the dog lodge and lounge.

Dubin Rural Leader supported project - The Dog Lodge & Lounge Lusk
The Dog Lodge Reception Area

Antoinette explains “I wanted to provide a higher standard of dog boarding kennels that what was on offer locally plus further afield. I quickly realised that to do it properly and on the scale that I wanted, I would need outside help. I approached Dublin Rural LEADER and they listened to my ideas.

They invited me to submit an Expression of Interest, which was approved. Dublin Rural LEADER were very helpful in guiding me through the process.

I submitted a detailed business plan and filled out all the forms to apply for the grant. When my grant application was approved, I was delighted. It meant I could plan ahead and make a start on my project.

Being accepted for LEADER funding meant that I could proceed with my plans on a grander scale than if I did not have funding.

My experience with Dublin Rural LEADER is a positive one. I received excellent guidance and I’m really pleased with my completed project. This has given me a viable business to work in and also an opportunity to grow it as a family business. Thank you to all Dublin Rural LEADER staff.”

Since establishing the business in 2018, they are going from strength to strength. They are booked out for Christmas and New Year and continue to receive super reviews from very happy customers.

Fingal Leader was delighted to have been able to help support a thriving rural business.

If you have an idea for a business and live in Dublin Rural areas, then contact our team Today. Don’t delay, we are here to help.

Call – 353 (01) 807 4282

Email – eharrington@fingalleaderpartnership.ie