Red Chair: Hospitality Entrepreneur – Ernest Cantillon

Ernest Cantillon is an ambitious young entrepreneur, making a real difference in the hospitality industry in Ireland.

In this entertaining interview, Ernest shares his story of how he has brought many businesses to life over the past decade, the approach that has been largely successful so far, and his ambitions for the future.

Among many highlights include:

  •  the importance of good fortune and timing for any business
  •  the subtle but significant differences across the hospitality sector
  •  benefits of looking outside your own industry for inspiration
  •  why a pint tastes better in your favourite pub
  •  focus on what we’re good at, and hire others who’re better at the other stuff
  •  why naivety might be our greatest asset
  •  why it’s better to be lucky than good
  •  the importance of building a culture of ownership in any business
  •  avoiding change for the sake of change
  •  “Freshness, friendliness & fun, packaged in a profitable way”

Ernest Cantillon is the owner of many thriving hospitality businesses such as Sober Lane and Electric.

Ernest Cantillon. developed a range of popular bars and restaurants such as Sober Lane, Electric and Sugarcube, and most recently established BTS Hospitality & Recruitment in the Red Chair at The Smarter Egg Event at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

Ernest Cantillon in the Red Chair at the Smarter Egg Event at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in May 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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