Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow

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Our latest Business Achiever is Dave Hogan and Smart Flow. We asked Dave to tell us a little bit about his water-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow:


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Give us the background to your business 

I ran my own successful plumbing company for the previous 10 years. I noticed that nearly all of my customers and many other homeowners did not know how to turn the water off in their property. This was especially important when a leak was detected. Most water shut off valves are seized due to inactivity, meaning leaks cause much more damage as the owner only realises this when he needs to shut off the water.

I researched and tried to find a product to solve this problem and I could not find a single system which I had confidence in to install for my customers.I tested nearly every product around the world. I then decided to build a system I would trust and assembled a specialised team to do this. We spent 2 tough years in R&D and beta test installing. 

Smartflow is a water monitoring, conservation and leak detection system giving the user control via their mobile App. It allows you to monitor water usage into a property in real time and historically. The user can turn the water off remotely from anywhere in the world. Smartflow can also turn the water off automatically if it detects an issue or potential leak. You are actually 3 times more likely for your home to be damaged by a plumbing leak than burglary. Insurance companies in the UK spend £2.5million a day on plumbing related leaks.

We now have some installs between Ireland and the UK and are getting great feedback. We are also in talks with some big companies so exciting times ahead. We hope to protect as many homes as possible from plumbing leaks. I have seen first hand the devastation it can cause when a family home is destroyed by a leak. We all know the cost to purchase a home is very expensive at the minute and we had little protection against plumbing leaks. 

SmartFlow also gives the elderly and less abled independence to shut the water off in their property.


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The best business tip you've ever received?

Surround yourself with people who are better than you.

Any advice for other business owners?

Running a business we will all encounter problems, leave your problems in work and try not to bring them home with you  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Smartflow will be the number one go to company for water monitoring,conservation and leak detection. We will be the Hive, Nest or Netwatch for water!

What does business achievement mean to you?

Setting a goal and reaching it after all the setbacks you have encountered. Also creating a company built on integrity full of like minded individuals that provide a great service to our customers.  

Where can people connect with you and your business?

Visit my website at www.mysmartflow.ie or connect with me via Linkedin.

 

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