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Well-known Portlaoise business honours 20-year-old gift voucher

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By John Whelan – 23rd March 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp GAA Pinterest Twitter Normally with that passing of time and by today’s norms the voucher might have fallen foul of the ‘use it, or lose it’ rule of thumb.However, Alan Flynn had no hesitation whatsoever in honouring the gift voucher.He explains: “A woman arrived in to the shop on a Saturday evening over the Christmas period and presented a gift voucher which dated back to 2000 to establish if it was still valid.“It was for £50 punts, dating back before the Euro. She was delighted when I assured her that of course I would honour the value of the gift voucher, but she left the shop and said she’d come back in another day.”Clearly still in no big hurry to part with her newly found good fortune the customer did return to the shop last week, purchased a garment of her choice and left Flynn’s Menswear a happy customer.Flynn’s Menswear has been a fixture on Main Street Portlaoise since 1970 and so the business marks its 50th anniversary next year.It was established by Alan’s parents Albert and Eileen who had purchased the premises from Tom Robinson who emigrated to Australia. They had previously set-up their own drapery store in Balltinglass in 1947.Alan may well hold the record for bizarre encounters with gift vouchers and also tells the story of how one customer from their shop in Wicklow, which they had sold in 1998, arrived into the shop in Portlaoise with an old voucher which they had previously purchased some years earlier in Balintinglass.That too was honoured Alan explains with a smile, as A.J. Flynn’s is the shop that appears to have the gift vouchers that keep on giving.Such personal service has been the cornerstone of Flynn’s for five decades now and of course Alan has played a pivotal role is establishing the Laois Chamber of Commerce and the original Portlaoise Traders Association over the years.Alan reflects that he did so in partnership with his great friends and fellow Portlaoise businessmen, the late Pat Miller of Miller’s Hardware and John McNamee of Easons, both who continue to be sadly missed around the Town and in business circles.SEE ALSO – Sadness in Portlaoise and beyond at passing of well-known business man TAGSAJ Flynn’sAlan FlynnMain Street Portlaoise Pinterest Twittercenter_img Home News Business Well-known Portlaoise business honours 20-year-old gift voucher NewsBusiness There is no disputing but that we live in the digital age. Virtually everything is available online.However, there is a downside to the digital revolution which can often leave you hanging on, getting the voice message run-around, confronted with impersonal and incomplete robotic instructions as to what number to press for customer service.The customer is still key to business success and it’s hard to beat hands on, first hand personal service.Somewhere in the middle are gift tokens.They are certainly convenient and very often present an ideal solution in search of an appropriate gift for friends or family. However, Caveat emptor – let the buyer beware!Gift vouchers can become the bane of your life, even if they are given in good faith as they are so easy to misplace and even expire.But there’s never any fear of that if you’re dealing with a reputable, reliable and established business which always puts the customer first.One such scenario arose recently at A.J.Flynn’s Menswear at Main Street, Portlaoise when a customer arrived in the shop with a 20-year-old gift voucher. Previous articleZach Tuohy ambitious as ever as he tackles his 10th Aussie Rules seasonNext articleFianna Fáil add candidate to their team for European Elections John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. GAA GAA Well-known Portlaoise business honours 20-year-old gift voucher Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


Telia Q3 hit by Uzbek provision

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Tags Steve Costello Telia targets cost cuts with new enterprise IoT play Telia claims positive start to strategy revamp Related Previous ArticleTelefonica intros big data unitNext ArticleAT&T aims to buy Time Warner for $85B Telia said its core business was “on track” in Q3, as its bottom line was hit by an SEK12.5 billion ($1.4 billion) provision related to its activities in Uzbekistan, but a deal to sell some Eurasian subsidiaries now looks further off.The operator previously revealed it was facing a $1.4 billion fine related to its entry into the Uzbek market in 2007, having acknowledged – more than once – that it had “seen and found wrongdoings” in the process.In the results statement, Telia also said that together with Turkcell, it will “explore a joint divestiture of Fintur Holdings”, most likely in 2017. Previously, Turkcell was a likely buyer for Telia’s stake in the business, which operates in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Moldova.According to reports earlier this year, there was some concerns that following the Uzbek probe, Fintur may attract the attention of the authorities (although there has been no sign so far). The pending renewal of a licence in Azerbaijan is also a potential stumbling block.Elsewhere, the company saw something of a mixed performance. Sweden, CEO Johan Dennelind said, “remains characterised by stable growth in the consumer segment, but pressure in parts of the enterprise area”.And its Europe unit saw “good progress,” with the majority of operations posting positive mobile service revenue growth. In Finland, mobile-billed revenue growth was 6 per cent, supported by upselling and price adjustments, while in Norway, “the customer perception of the Telia brand improved further”.The company has sold its Spanish business, Yoigo, in line with its efforts to focus on the Nordic and Baltic regions.For the quarter, the company reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of SEK8.81 billion, compared with a prior-year profit of SEK4.59 billion, on revenue of SEK21.52 billion, down 0.9 per cent from SEK21.71 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 OCT 2016 Home Telia Q3 hit by Uzbek provision Telia reveals revamp to boost infrastructure assets Author FinturTeliaTurkcellUzbeklast_img read more