SPOTLIGHT: Conor Kinsella from ckhr

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Conor Kinsella, Director, ckhr.

Company formed in:

September 2016

Elevator pitch:

ckhr partners with clients to deliver pragmatic HR consultancy, designed to enhance the culture, leadership and performance of their business. We offer objective, impartial insights to deliver measurable results. Applying agile techniques to HR issues, ckhr will help your teams become more adaptable, innovative and collaborative.

Who would benefit from your service/product?

ckhr is building an impressive client list of start-ups, SMEs and multinationals. We are especially interested in working with business that are scaling, particularly those in the #HRTech, #PropTech and #RegTech sectors.

Biggest achievement in the last 12 months:

As a new business, simply getting established and onboarding our first few clients has been particularly satisfying. It is early days but having spent over 20 years in senior HR leadership roles, it is exciting to be building something from scratch.

Plans for the next 12 months:

The immediate focus for ckhr is growth. We intend expanding our client list while continuing to deliver effective solutions. In 12 months’ time, I’d love us to be congratulating those businesses we’ve worked with, on having achieved everything they set out to do – knowing that ckhr helped them along the way.

Biggest challenge to your business:

Staying current and relevant is always a challenge. ckhr prides itself on being extremely well networked and therefore able to leverage the latest technologies, thought leadership and regulatory advice for the benefit of its clients.

Best advice you can give other business owners:

It is early days for ckhr but one of the key things I’ve learned so far is that you cannot do everything yourself. Of course, it is important to be prudent about expenditure but there is value in leveraging the expertise of others. Concentrate on what you’re offering to the market and commission other businesses to support you. The adage stands: it is a marathon not a sprint.

If I was Minister for Finance, the first thing I’d do is:

The 2017 budget was a missed opportunity for start-ups and SMEs in relation to the tax relief for entrepreneurs and business owners. The Irish start-up ecosystem must at the very least match that of our nearest neighbour. As has been widely advocated, I would increase the qualifying gain ten-fold, to €10M and extend the eligibility criteria. Successful entrepreneurs reinvest their gains; the government should be doing everything it can to incentivise such opportunities.

Reasons to be cheerful:

I’m a recent first time Dad so I must say there’s nothing better than being greeted with a smile…even at 5 o’clock in the morning! 

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