DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR APPEARS ON TV3 SHOW AS HIS TOY COMPANY GOES GLOBAL!

first_imgDonegal entrepreneur and Finn Harps fanatic Ian Harkin disclosed the details of his incredible success with his company LOTTIE on TV3 last night.Donegal entrepreneur Ian Harkin made his TV debut last night as the incredible success of his toy company LOTTIE continues to gain recognition globally!The Ballybofey based businessman appeared on TV3 programme The Seven O’ Clock Show in which he discussed in-depth the success the business has generated over the last few years.Harkin disclosed how he and his business partner Lucie Follett boldly decided to take on the famous worldwide doll brand BARBIE. In a fascinating interview Harkin revealed that after extensive market research they realised there was a gap in the industry for a specific type of doll like LOTTIE that resonated with both parents and children.The success of his product has been evidenced by the fact LOTTIE is now being exported to over THIRTY countries from all over the world.Harkin said, “We launched LOTTIE just over two years ago, we spoke with a lot of parents when we conducted our research and also spoke to child psychologists, play experts and child nutritionists, we also done focus groups with kids and parents.“What we found was that kids were missing out on their childhood and were trying to be adults from a very young age, we found that they were already developing body image issues. “We based LOTTIE on a nine year-old, LOTTIE doesn’t wear make-up, doesn’t wear jewellery and she doesn’t wear high heels.“With LOTTIE were trying to let kids do everything they do in their own age group, and well never do an adult themed doll with LOTTIE.Harkin also discussed how he’d secured a deal with the European Space Agency to produce a LOTTIE doll that travels into space and this enables kids to learn about the solar system.Harkin told presenters Lucy Kennedy and Martin King that the risk of selling his home to invest in the business is now paying off.“We’ve really taken off and we’re now selling in THIRTY countries all over the world, this time last year there was just me and my business partner Lucie, but we now we’re employing eight people in Donegal. “I was living in London at the time we started the business, and I got support from Enterprise Ireland to move the company back here.“I sold my home, put everything into the business and Lucie re-mortgaged her home, so there was a lot at risk but thankfully it has paid off.“Our social media and PR has really brought us into the homes of many families right around the world.DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR APPEARS ON TV3 SHOW AS HIS TOY COMPANY GOES GLOBAL! was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessdollsFeaturesIan HarkinLottienewsToyTV3last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 26

first_img 12 In: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Having scored four goals against Bournemouth in the gameweek before last, Romelu Lukaku is on good form at present. If you’re looking for a striker who will play in all three of the upcoming gameweeks, Lukaku is your man. 12 12 In: Seamus Coleman (Everton) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In his last seven games, Seamus Coleman has picked up one goal, three assists and four clean sheets. Combine that with the fact he will play in all three of the upcoming gameweeks and the Irishman becomes a must have. 12 12 Out: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Eden Hazard has only scored one goal in his last seven league games. For £10.3m, that’s simply not good enough. 12 12 12 Out: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – £11.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, Manchester United miss two of the next three gameweeks. It’d be unwise to keep their players in your team for this period. In: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £9.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Sadio Mane has come back from the Africa Cup of Nations with a bang as he scored twice against Spurs last time out in the league. Liverpool are one of a select few teams who play in all of the next three gameweeks and so investing in Mane could see you picking up points where others are missing out. 12 12 12 12 Out: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £9.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Gabriel Jesus was injured in his last Premier League outing at Bournemouth and will now miss two/three months. Out: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, Manchester United miss two of the next three gameweeks. It’d be unwise to keep their players in your team for this period. Out: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, Arsenal miss two of the next three gameweeks. It’d be unwise to keep their players in your team for this period. In: Pedro (Chelsea) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Pedro is on good form for Chelsea at the moment, having scored in both of his last two games. With a price tag £3.4m less than that of Eden Hazard’s, the Spaniard is not bad value at all. In: David Luiz (Chelsea) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Chelsea may not play on gameweek 28 due to their FA Cup tie, but it is still worth having David Luiz in your team at least until then. Chelsea’s next two fixtures against Swansea (H) and West Ham (A) provide two good chances to collect clean sheets. There’s nothing like the cup competitions to absolutely destroy a Fantasy Premier League team.This week Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Southampton all don’t play due to Sunday’s League Cup final between United and the Saints.And two weeks after that, Manchester United, Arsenal, Southampton, Chelsea, Spurs, Palace, Leicester, ‘Boro, Sunderland and Watford all have a blank gameweek because of their FA Cup fixtures.There are lots of players to be avoided as a result of this, especially at United, Arsenal and Southampton, as these teams will miss two out of the next three gameweeks!Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, Arsenal miss two of the next three gameweeks. It’d be unwise to keep their players in your team for this period. In: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £10.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Chelsea don’t play on GW28, but do have two appealing fixtures against Swansea (H) and West Ham (A) in GW26 and GW27. For this reason, it may be worth keeping an eye on their star striker.last_img read more