Bernadette Clancy

Bernadette Clancy

Founder Crafters of Ireland Managing Director
Solutions Consultancy Ireland
Business Operations Consulting / Freelancing / Entrepreneur

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  • Session: 70EUR / one hour

Bernadette Clancy has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of management positions and a spectrum of industries, ranging from hospitality to waste management, manufacturing and property development. She has post graduate qualifications in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and Management Development.

She set up Solutions Consultancy Ireland in 2015 to provide a resource for innovation, design thinking and strategic skills to companies irrespective of size or function.

Since then she has been instrumental in helping start-ups, micro businesses, entrepreneurs and SME’s throughout Ireland to thrive and grow using the most current management techniques in Planning, Management Development, Business Strategy for Social Impact, Sales Strategies, Innovation and Design Thinking.

She also specializes in the Business Model Canvas and using the nine building blocks to differentiate your business idea, bring value and find the product market fit. The art of the sales conversation (yourself to employers and your business to investors) a toolkit which is essential for entrepreneurs stepping out into the world.

The importance of networking, how and where to network, tips that once practiced and fine tuned gives the entrepreneur confidence to make an impact on potential employers, clients or partners.

In 2020 she founded Crafters of Ireland, a support service for the arts and crafts sector. She is a believer in continuous professional development, and she has proven that even if you have left school early, you can learn what you need to know specifically for your needs to have a viable, remarkable, and thriving business and/or career.

Finally, learning can be tough, but it should also be fun. She is the mother of three grown up children who juggled rearing children with study and building her career. Bernadette really enjoys meeting new people and she strives to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of those she mentors.

Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Business Innovation

I am a strong and independent woman, a mother, a management consultant, business mentor and entrepreneur. I am the managing director of Solutions Consultancy Ireland and the founder of Crafters of Ireland. I assist entrepreneurs and established companies redesign their business model, find their purpose, sales strategies, and how to network properly. I have enabled hundreds of start-ups since 2015 via workshops and courses through Ireland’s state supports such as Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland and Development Companies. I have also worked for private clients and have been involved in many projects. I am originally from Dublin, but have lived in Tipperary for the past 30 years. I have a son and two daughters who are all grown up. I have a passion for travel, meeting new people and all that is green and sustainable. I am a vegetarian and love cooking for my family on occasions when they are all home together. I love to try out new things and find new ways to approach business problems with innovative solutions. I would describe myself as an adventurous and creative individual.

In 2015 I launched my first company Solutions Consultancy Ireland because of my passion for enabling people to reach their business potential through design thinking and innovation. I helped design and deliver workshops and courses for start-ups and entrepreneurs after completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise with University College Dublin. But the real turning point was when I completed a online course in the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business where I beta tested a course called “Design Thinking for Innovation” delivered by Professor Jeanne Liedtka, who changed my life and set me on my own journey. I took away the tools she provided me with and applied them to every aspect of my business and my approach to my clients”. In 2019, I set up my second company Crafters of Ireland when I realised that a lot of craftspeople were falling through the cracks and their work was not getting the recognition it deserved. Crafters of Ireland is a PR and Promotional company specifically tailored to the arts and crafts sector of Ireland and Celtic crafts people worldwide. I have five US based channel partners who work closely with me and these micro-businesses.

Having three children helped to give me the incentive to return to education in my late 30s. Thus, enhancing my future career prospects. I wanted to broaden the window of opportunities for both myself and my children. I set out to build a broad and varied repertoire in a variety of industries. To date I have completed 14 online courses in some of the best universities in the world. I went from working as an office administrator to owning two companies. My children inspired me all the way, so their arrival in my life took me on a fantastic journey of exploration and growth.

To me, work-life balance means having an even amount of working time and leisure time. It means not overworking yourself to the point of burnout, while at the same time, not becoming static or complacent in terms of learning or work opportunities. It means being available when I am needed or when I need my family. Making time for my friends and time alone to unwind. 💃What does it mean for you to be a mentor?
For me, being a mentor means imparting my own knowledge, skills and experiences onto other people in the hopes that it would help them to develop their expertise, build their confidence and self-esteem to branch out on their own and run a successful enterprise, Be it a hair salon, medical technology firm or a crafts company. I really enjoy both teaching and learning and I am passionate about business, so being a mentor certainly suits me. I like to leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of the people that I mentor.

For me, being a mentor means imparting my own knowledge, skills and experiences onto other people in the hopes that it would help them to develop their expertise, build their confidence and self-esteem to branch out on their own and run a successful enterprise, Be it a hair salon, medical technology firm or a crafts company. I really enjoy both teaching and learning and I am passionate about business, so being a mentor certainly suits me. I like to leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of the people that I mentor.

My message to the readers of this interview would be whatever your business idea is or career you chose make it unique to you. Put your mark on it by being open to experimenting, exploring new ways to approach problems or barriers. Steer clear of naysayers and surround yourself with people who know more than you do. Learn and don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities to learn and grow. Don’t make connections for the sake of building a large following, try from the outset to develop partnerships and real relationships. Remain fluid, changing often and above all have some fun.