Thinking business – Peter Taylor, Home Instead

Peter Taylor runs Home Instead in Ireland. He says Ireland needs more caregivers to look after all of us as we age.

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What’s your elevator pitch? 

We provide non-medical support to allow our clients to live independently at home for as long as possible. 

 How long have you been in business? 

Ten years.

 What did you want to be ‘when you grew up’? 

I wanted to run my own business, but it took thirty years to get the courage to make it happen.

What’s your ambition now? 

To look after my clients as I would like someone to look after my parents. 

What’s the most important thing you have learned so far in business? 

You’re not always going to get it right so when it goes wrong pick up the phone and take action. 

What was your biggest ‘mistake’ been, in business so far? 

Accommodating people who are not up to the task for too long. 

Who inspires you in the business world? 

Michael O’Leary. 

What historical figure would you choose to have dinner with? 

I’m an Australian so Gough Whitlam. He changed the political system. He did it too quickly and got sacked, but his legacy is still with them. 

If you were ‘ruler for a day’ what would you do to change the business or social climate in this country? 

I would make decisions (even if they were unpopular) and remove more layers of bureaucracy. 

Did you receive any supports to start your business and what do you need most at this stage of your business? 

I am part of a franchise so received excellent support from our master franchise and its systems. I need more caregivers. Ireland needs more caregivers to look after all of us as we age. 

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