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In an economy that is fast-paced and changing continually, it is important to keep up to date and reflect on the latest industry developments, and issues facing your business and people.



Clerkin Consulting’s experience across a range of industries and disciplines, places us in an ideal position to share insights on the issues that are impacting you the most. 

We will endeavour to keep you updated on the latest news from our key markets, with a particular emphasis on the manufacturing, construction products and SME sectors.

Check out some of our latest blog posts below >>>

Planning a UK Export Strategy with Clerkin Consulting

Planning a UK export strategy for manufacturing firms presents challenges in complying with regulations, understanding the market competition and achieving a feasible roll out plan. Clerkin Consulting offers tailored made solutions to help manufacturers navigate the complexities of the UK market to achieve export goals. Our team provides market research

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Energy Management Framework

Is your MMC manufacturing facility committed to achieving sustainable energy cost reductions? Clerkin Consulting’s Energy Management framework can help you identify opportunities for improvement, including quick win solutions and long-term capital investment projects. Our framework focuses on three key areas; ensuring that your employees are aligned with energy reduction targets

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IWIN: Exporting to the UK

Last week our MD, Dick Clerkin, had the pleasure of speaking at the Irish Wood and Interiors Network (IWIN: seminar held at the impressive Mullan Lighting ( premises. With the theme of ‘Exporting to the UK’, Dick shared some valuable insights from his own experiences with clients on the

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Built to Innovate: Government Supports for MMC

‘Built to Innovate’ is an Enterprise Ireland initiative under the Government’s ‘Housing for All’ programme. This initiative includes a suite of Lean, Digitalisation and Research & Innovation grant aid packages that are now available for projects designed to deliver new homes for Ireland faster and with less overall expense. As

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A Smoking Chimp or a Roof over your head?

      A Friday thought….’ A Smoking Chimp or a Roof over your head? It has been a tough week/year for many of those in the tech industry.Between layoffs across the globe, Twitter’s mid-life crisis,the NFT debunk, and the ongoing Cryptocrash. Many wannabe ‘Unicorns’ now resemble lame cart horses.

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Your job isn’t to make only good decisions?

  If you are in a position of influence, authority or leadership, ultimately you are a decision maker. Employees, teams, customers and providers all come to you for advice, guidance and critically to make key decisions that impact their respective circles. Your ability to make the right calls in such

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‘How good are you at taking customer feedback?’

A Friday thought…..’How good are you at taking customer feedback?’ What is your immediate gut response to somebody saying they don’t like your product or service levels? How active are you in learning what your customers/clients think about your product or service? How good are you at taking negative client

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‘Challenges are never ending’

A Wednesday thought……’Challenges are never ending’Brexit, Global Pandemic, Raw material shortages, Supply chain delays, Labour shortages, Energy price rises, Inflation, Crypto crashes….. I could go on…If you have been in business over the past few years, you have likely had to navigate some if not all of the above challenges.

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Do you know your Bottlenecks ?

‘The Goal’ by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. An international bestseller and a bookshelf must-have for all self-respecting performance improvement professionals. To create an engrossing novel around the subject matter of factory optimisation is no mean task. Goldratt seamlessly achieves this.   The central theme and takeaway from Goldratt’s seminal novel is

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Know Your Numbers

13st 10lb. For over a decade, this was my target weight whilst playing inter county football. First thing every morning, I would step on the scales to check in. It got to the stage that I could tell +/- 1 lb as to what my weight would be before I

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‘Why is there a hole in the lid of a Biro’?

Before we get to the answer, of what on the face of it might seem to be an obscure question, ask yourself this. How often are you challenged with unexpected problems or challenges, and more importantly how do you typically respond? Also how good are your team at dealing with

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Learning to lead

‘Leadership’…. Is almost becoming an exhaustive term these days, with so many books, articles, podcasts, thought pieces coming at us it is hard to keep up. (I guess this is another one!) Anyway, this week I took my first steps into a Leadership role with a sports team, as the

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Would you work for you??

Ask yourself, would you work for you?   At a time when employee recruitment and retention is such a critical issue for businesses, irrespective of sector, those in positions of leadership and influence need to honestly reflect on what they are offering their people, in what is becoming a ruthlessly

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Productivity Incentive / Bonus Schemes

High market demand coupled with labour shortages, is creating a perfect storm for businesses in how they are struggling to meet their client demands and product lead times.   One area Clerkin Consulting specialise in is increasing productivity of your existing workforce and assets. One proven way to get an immediate increase

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Coaching & the power of Real Conversation!!

Up until I began my Executive Coaching journey earlier this year, I never really appreciated the value and importance of proper conversation, nor did I really understand or value the concept of ‘Coaching’. Being honest, I would have been somewhat of a cynic towards the concept, shaped largely by bad

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