How I started: lessons in entrepreneurship

Martin Skelly is the owner-manager of Navan Travel in Co Meath, and president of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA). Navan Travel specialises in skiing, cruise, walking and bridge holidays. The company was named Travel Agency of Year with und

22nd February, 2015
How I started: lessons in entrepreneurship
Martin Skelly, owner-manager, Navan Travel

Navan Travel was set up in 1972, and I took over running the company in 1979. I recall being daunted as a 25-year-old stepping into the role of manager. I never had an ambition to be self-employed, but I enjoyed the diversity of the business and the engagement with customers. Looking back now, it was a role for which I was not prepared and probably lacked confidence. I have grown with the business over the...

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