Broadcaster, Entrepreneur and Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company.
Bobby is co-owner and Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company, Ireland largest independent coffee chain, which has over 140 shops, employs over 500 people and sells over 14 million cups of coffee a year. Bobby is also a presenter on “Down to Business” the popular Newstalk radio business show on Saturday at 10am and “Bobby’s Late Breakfast” a life style magazine type show which airs at 9am on Sunday mornings. He was one of the original Dragons on Dragon’s Den for the first 4 years of the series. Although he has left the series to look at other broadcasting opportunities he continues to be actively involved with the 9 investments he made during the series. Bobby is also a popular business, entrepreneurial and motivational speaker.
Since 2010, Bobby has been presenting a Newstalk radio show ‘Down to Business’ on air Saturday mornings at 10am. The show has been very well received and has a strong listenership of 100,000 people. It covers a wide range of business topics in a positive, down to earth, Saturday morning manner. In 2017 he added the upbeat lifestyle show ”Bobby’s Late Breakfast” on Sunday mornings to his hectic schedule. His Maritime TV documentary 8-part series “Along Home Shores” was filmed and aired in 2016.
Bobby’s of business interests are in a variety of sectors including food and hospitality, technology, hardware and exhibition. Best known in Ireland as a ‘Dragon’ on the Irish TV version of Dragons’ Den, Bobby is also a popular public speaker and business mentor.
Bobby is passionate about small business. He sat on the board of Microfinance Ireland (MFI) for 3 years. MFI is a not for profit lender that provides loans to small businesses of less than 10 employees with a turnover of less than €2m. This organisation has €90 million in funds to lend to small business over the next 10 years As well as his involvement on the board Bobby also sat on the Credit Control Committee, responsible for reviewing the terms of credit agreements. Bobby is also a member of the Small Business Advice Programme – a targeted programme set up to provide free advice and support to SME’s. He is also chaired the business development group for An Post, a group set up by the Minister of Communications in 2015 to decide the future of the Post Office in both urban and rural Ireland. He is the author of The Kerr report which maps out a blue print for the future of the Irish Post Office network.
He is a keen Sailor, runner and lives with his wife Mary and their four daughters by the sea in Sandycove, County Dublin .