The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - by SORCHA CROW­LEY

BROAD­CASTER and en­tre­pre­neur Ivan Yates shared his three traits of suc­cess with guests at the Sligo Cham­pion Busi­ness Awards last Fri­day night.

“You don’t need any tal­ents,” Yates told over 350 guests from all over Sligo at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel & Spa in Ballincar.

His 3 ‘Ps’ in­cluded 79 per cent per­spi­ra­tion. “I get up ear­lier than any­one else, I work later than any­one else, I work week­ends, peo­ple who per­se­vere suc­ceed the most,” he said to a rapt au­di­ence.

“There are only two in jobs in busi­ness - sales and those who work for peo­ple in sales,” he said.

His sec­ond ‘ P’ is 11 per cent Per­se­ver­ance. “Don’t count the num­ber of times you fall down, just count the num­ber of times you get back up. Mur­phy’s law says ‘what can go wrong will go wrong’, stuff hap­pens. What peo­ple for­get to say is Mur­phy was an op­ti­mist.

“Don’t have a pity party, just per­se­vere,” said Yates.

His fi­nal ‘P’ is 1 per cent Pla­gia­rism: “Every good idea I had I got off some­one else,” he said to laugh­ter.

Yates also high­lighted the im­por­tance of peo­ple skills: “One golden role - how to get a cus­tomer/man­ager to say yes, flat­tery gets you ev­ery­thing you ever wanted.”

The for­mer Fine Gael min­is­ter also broached Brexit in his speech, main­tain­ing that a deal will be done be­tween Bri­tain and the EU be­cause “pol­i­tics al­ways fol­lows busi­ness. It’s the econ­omy stupid.”

Lo­cal busi­ness own­ers were told by Yates that there were also three things they should bear in mind for the fu­ture:“Dublin (due to the trend to­wards ur­ban­i­sa­tion, de­mo­graph­ics (we’re liv­ing longer) and Dig­i­tal,” he said.

It was a night to cel­e­brate the best of busi­ness and en­trepreneur­ship in Sligo.

Win­ners in­cluded Sto­ry­lab (Best Emerg­ing Busi­ness), Aurivo (Best Re­tail), Apex Con­trols (Best Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence), Coolaney De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (Best En­vi­ron­ment, Her­itage and Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise), Ward Au­to­ma­tion (Best In­no­va­tion in Busi­ness), Sligo Sum­mer Fes­ti­val (Best Tourism Busi­ness), Sagesse Charo­lais (Best Farm­ing & Agri-Sec­tor Busi­ness), SL Con­trols (Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­b­lity), Ophardt (Best Ru­ral Busi­ness), and Martina Hamil­ton of The Cat and the Moon (Best Fe­male-led Busi­ness).

SL Con­trols were an­nounced over­all win­ners of the Sligo Busi­ness of the Year 2018.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of INM Re­gion­als West John Fe­er­ick paid trib­ute to the “out­stand­ing” qual­ity and di­ver­sity of finalists this year: “We salute your suc­cess and take pride in the role you play in Sligo’s grow­ing econ­omy.”

Pics: Donal Hack­ett

Sligo Busi­ness Awards Over­all Win­ner 2018 SL Con­trols cel­e­brate as they are pre­sented with their award by Sligo Cham­pion Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Lor­raine McDon­nell, joined by MD INM Re­gion­als West John Fe­er­ick and guest speaker broad­caster Ivan Yates. RIGHT: CEO of Sligo Leader Part­ner­ship Chris Gon­ley spoke at the awards cer­e­mony.

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