Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle


Our latest Business Achiever is Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle. We asked Anne to tell us a little bit about her allergy-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle:

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Give us the background to your business is a Mayo based start-up business catering for people managing Allergies, Anaphylaxis and Asthma. I was inspired to set up the business after our daughter suffered a severe life-threatening reaction to peanuts. 

On the hunt for suitable products to store and carry her emergency medicines and ways to alert others to her allergies so to avoid others giving her nuts by accident, I couldn’t source the products I needed in the Irish market place to keep her safe.

So in 2013 I set up to bring together products for carrying emergency medicines and awareness products such as medical jewellery, medical ID bands, allergy friendly makeup, toys and bedding, translation cards and books for anyone managing allergies, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and other medical conditions. 

In 2017 we added another strand to the business when Allergy Lifestyle achieved Recognised Institute Status to deliver CFR and Emergency medicine training to schools, creches or any organisation in Ireland looking for certified training in the management of acute allergic reactions, asthma attack or diabetic hypoglycaemia.

The company now employs 2 full time staff and several part timers and continues to grow, shipping products worldwide with sales in 42 countries to date.

I was also keen to share our experiences with other parents because sometimes managing serious allergies can be a lonely place with people either terrified to have your child in their care or not fully understanding the seriousness of it. So we share lots of information via an active blog and also host an allergy community on Facebook and Twitter where parents can connect and share tips and experiences.

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The best business tip you've ever received?

Do one thing every day that bring new sales in the door. It sounds obvious but it's easy to get caught up in the day to day running of the business, without sufficient revenue the business won’t survive. 

Any advice for other business owners?

Get involved in business networks, for us the most valuable thing we did was move into the Innovation Hubs in the GMIT Mayo which provided invaluable networking opportunity and kept us in the loop with available opportunities from supporting organisations to New Frontiers and investment opportunities.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

We want to be known as a global brand for allergy products and scale the business internationally with a range of Allergy Lifestyle branded products, keeping allergy kids safe the world over. 

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What does business achievement mean to you? 

Offering real life value through our products to anyone managing allergies and Anaphylaxis. Having a level of turnover to develop the products we want to develop and to employ a good team with a good standard of living. On a personal level the freedom to have more quality time with family as running your own business is very time consuming.

Where can people connect with you and your business?

You can connect with us on our website or via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn  

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