FAST Participants

The Zip Yard

Anne Hall

Irelands Premier, Clothing, alterations, dress restyling, tailoring and repair franchise. The Zip Yard is a franchise operation for which Anne Hall will be operating the Portlaoise area. The success of The Zip Yard thus far has relied on taking a different approach to the clothing alterations business. People want their garments, whether they are ‘every day’ items or ‘special occasion’ wear altered by trained professionals they can trust, quickly and efficiently, in clean modern premises. This has led to branches enjoying a high volume of repeat business on a weekly basis.

Stylist & Hat Design

Antionette O'Connell
Tel: 087-7869154

Supplying bespoke hats/fascinators based entirely on the clients design and colour requirements. The unique selling point is signature style, ability to combine different fabrics and textures. The client has full control over the design and production of their choice. Working from her home studio, Antoinette produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes and modern creative designs, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with her own unique styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces. The product is priced attractively to appeal to a number of different markets segments.

Audrey Keane

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Impressions Photography

Brian Arthurs
Tel: 061-364214,  Mob: 086-0477710

Impressions Photography is an award winning wedding & portrait photography business located in Shannon, Co.Clare. It is owned & managed by the husband & wife team of Brian & Shareena Arthurs. They offer distinctive premium quality products & services to meet the needs & aspirations of its clients, specializing in artistic newborn & maternity photography. They have a fresh & innovative style to their images & employ a friendly & relaxed customer focused approach to their business.

Systems 10

Damien Masterson
Tel: 087 2551525

System 10 Weight Loss is a nationwide service with trained consultants providing personalised one to one weight loss programmes. The unique selling point of System10 Weight Loss is in its integrity and ethos of positively improving a person’s metabolism from beginning to end right through the various 6,10 or 20 week programmes. It is a combination of diet, exercise and metabolism correction which puts the individual back in control and in-charge of their weight, with the ability therefore to maintain their ideal weight due to the knowledge and discipline they have gained from participating and completing the programme

Fitness Solutions

Darren Ward
Tel: 086 0311 111.

Fitness solutions provides fitness classes and a private training studio for clients. The unique feature of Fitness solutions is it’s business model, as you can attend any of the classes on the timetable using vouchers or pay as you go, without joining fees, membership fees or committing to the same class each week, you choose when you workout and only pay when you do. The classes are all based on FAT LOSS using the scientific method of HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training), spinning and functional core exercises. The defining unique feature is that there is never any two classes the same. The combinations of workouts change every single day. There is also a common theme of the workout format for the week added to the training mix so you get a new unique workout every time you come to a class.

David Coleman Racing

David Coleman
Tel: 087 6549388

David Coleman Racing is a family bookmaking business providing a high quality on course betting service to small and medium sized punters. It continuously strives to meet the needs of a changing industry.


Denis Guiney
Tel: 085 856 8520

PuriFry Fryer Management Service specialise in the filtration and cleaning of deep fat fryers at Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes, Hospitals – in fact anywhere food is fried, improving cleanliness, hygiene and Health & Safety, but more importantly in todays economic climate reducing caterers oil consumption and associated operating costs. Please see for further details.

John Sheehy

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Mark Reidy

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Mary Heeran White

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Michael Hassett

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.


Paddy McNulty
Tel: 087 9684774

PC PAL offer IT support and Computer Repair to Home Users and Small Businesses. PC PAL's local computer engineers provide a mobile computer and laptop repair service; including Hardware repair, Virus Removal, Email/Internet/Broadband support, Data Backup and much more.... In addition for small businesses, PC PAL offer HelpDesk and Support and Cloud Solutions. PC PAL's engineers are fully qualified, experienced and insured, and have full technical backup and support from Head Office. The plan for PC PAL is to become a national brand in Ireland, and become the No. 1 name in IT Support and PC Repair.

Pat Wixted

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Bright Health Promotion Ltd

Paul Kelly
Tel: 087 2495540

Bright Health Promotion Ltd. provides a range of effective mental and physical health interventions to guide and support emotional and behavioural change. Clients include the Personal, Community, Education and Business sectors. Services delivered are information seminars and webinars; interventions to enhance personal effectiveness and resilience; help with stress, weight, sleep, ADHD and other problems.

Ray Woulfe

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Seoirse Laffan

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.

Animal Bedding Ireland

Thomas Conway

Animal Bedding Ireland offers high end low cost chopped straw bedding produce to the Irish Market. The business supplies both the agricultural sector and the domestic pet market in Ireland. Furthermore it is maintained that Animal bedding Ireland’s produce contributes directly to better profits within the poultry industry- to find out more be sure to contact Thomas Conway!

Ljubisa Vukosavlevic

The Berry Berry Company is in business to supply frozen and dried quality berry products to a defined target customer base in both Ireland and the UK. Customers include: Large retail multiples, HoReCa companies supplying the restaurant and catering sectors and Industrial producers of baby food, jam, juice, ice-cream, yoghurt and bakery producers.

Shane Daly

Successfully completed the FAST Programme/Business Concept in development.