Newry business features in Ulster Bank’s ‘Thrive in the New World’ podcast

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Ulster Bank has published the second episode of Thrive in the New World, the business podcast, hosted by Sarah Travers.

In the second episode, Sarah is joined by Peter McCaul, CEO of Newry-based retail analytics company Péarlaí.



Sarah discovers how Péarlaí is supporting shopping centres and retailers to generate footfall and build brand loyalty among shoppers using a smart key fob.

In response to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus crisis, the business recently adapted and launched Péarlaí Protect, a service to help retailers with crowd management.

Listen to the episode at Ulster Bank Content Live.

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Mark Crimmins, Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, said the series should act as a motivational tool to help business owners to realise their growth aspirations and remain agile.

“Throughout this series, we are harnessing the power of peer-to-peer learning by telling the stories of forward-thinking business owners from a diverse range of industries here in Northern Ireland,” he told Newry Times.

“In recent weeks we’ve witnessed incredible feats of resilience by many in the business community who have adapted to continue to deliver their services or to collaborate and lend skills and expertise to the efforts to support our frontline healthcare workers and wider communities.

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“They have risen to the challenge and remained agile which is enabling them to continue to operate and, importantly, to prepare for the future.

“The range of voices from different business types that you will hear from in the podcast series will equip listeners with the knowledge to help them recognise where their strengths lie.

“It will also offer first-hand insight into how other business owners have utilised their strengths to identify new opportunities to adapt against the backdrop of these difficult circumstances,” he adds.



Series host Sarah Travers says there are many stories coming from the business community that will resonate with listeners.

“We have all adapted our daily lives in some way and the same is true for businesses and their owners.

“On high streets and in industrial parks across Northern Ireland, the business community has been working hard to adapt and to put in place practical measures to help us all to get back to business.

“Some are using their expertise and resources to help fellow businesses and other parts of society to reopen safely, and others are adapting their premises and services to cater for the consumer’s needs – all are adapting.



“We’re really excited to make these voices and stories heard,” she adds.


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