Shaper: Geoff Read

Show aired on 9th April 2016


Geoff is a serial entrepreneur who founded Ballygowan Spring Water Group, the brand-leading bottled water from Ireland, building it into a dominant market-leadership position in Ireland and the UK before selling it in 1993.

Geoff founded and built Grape Expectations (Ireland) Ltd over a 20 year period, creating a new market concept for wines in small bottles – now an established part of the worldwide wine market.

He led the acquisition of London Irish Rugby Club in 1995 and chaired both the company and the holding company – London Irish Holdings Ltd. – until 2001. During this period, Geoff also participated on the Board of Premier Rugby Ltd, helping to shape the future of rugby in England and Europe as a professional sport and business.

As well as mentoring and advising new business start-ups and assisting companies with growth strategies, acquisition and sale of businesses, interim CEO and NED roles, Geoff has developed a new range of innovative beverage products for the fast-growing breakfast drink market under the brand name “Nosh” which are currently gaining distribution in the UK and Ireland.

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