THE TAKEOVER

The Takeover Image Name: The Takeover Description: The Takeover Series 2 - Episode 3 Thursday April 3rd on RTÉ Two Presenter Norah Casey (centre) with LaNú Medi–Spa owners Sharon Gilmartin and Frank Brannigan
The Takeover Image Name: The Takeover Description: The Takeover Series 2 - Episode 3 Thursday April 3rd on RTÉ Two Norah Casey with staff from LaNú Medi–Spa in Drogheda
The Takeover Image Name: The Takeover Description: The Takeover Series 2 - Episode 3 Thursday April 3rd on RTÉ Two Norah Casey with staff from LaNu Medi–Spa in Drogheda

Ever wanted to do the boss’s job and call the shots?  What would happen if your boss stepped aside for two whole weeks and left you and your colleagues completely in charge and totally free to do what you wanted to get the business back on track?

Norah Casey is back to help staff across Ireland step up to the plate and change the fortunes of the business they work for.

RTÉ’s business series, The Takeover, features bosses around Ireland who surprise their employees by stepping aside, leaving them totally in charge and free to make the changes to the business that they’ve always dreamed of.

Bosses sometimes struggle to find ways to re-energise their business, especially after a deep recesssion where surviving is more a priority. But when the boss runs out of ideas businesses get into trouble. Meanwhile workers often fantasize about what they would do if they were left in charge. The Takeover gives them the chance to do just that but often it’s a lot tougher than it seems for both them and the boss.

But the staff won’t be alone. Business mentor Norah Casey will provide the business wisdom, tough love and reality checks needed along the way.

“It would be easy to go in and solve a company’s problems. It’s much harder to get the staff to fulfill their potential, that’s my role. No one knows the business better than them and it’s my job to help them turn their ideas into reality” says Norah Casey.

When the boss returns at the end of the fortnight they come face to face with their employees to find out whether they have moved the business forwards or backwards.

Businesses featured in this series include the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan, Integral Fitness and Leisure centre in Meath, LaNú Medi-Spa in Louth, McNulty’s Furniture store in Roscommon, and Ruby Lane boutique in Sligo.

Episode 3 of the six part series airs on Thursday April 2nd on RTÉ Two at 9:30pm.

Episode 3: LaNú Medi-Spa, Drogheda

Sharon Gilmartin and Frank Brannigan have merged their two businesses to create LaNú Medi–Spa, what they hoped would be a one stop shop for all things beauty in Drogheda.

Sharon and Frank have both brought their ideas to the business but it hasn’t been an easy transition. The merger is on the cusp of not merging at all, with staff clashes and differences regarding even the smallest of details. The bosses are at a loss and have decided to take a risk and let the staff takeover over in the hope that they can lift the new business off the ground.

Shocked at the news of The Takeover, the staff set out to redecorate and create a fresh new interior space but can the divided staff make up and share the same vision for the spa?

The staff toughen up as they target a male audience with a trip the local boxing club. But will the men put up a fight as the staff prepare to pamper or will they hang up their gloves for a manly manicure?

Since the two businesses joined there has been no marketing of the new spa. Can the girls get the word out in two weeks to attract new customers through the door or will the bosses return to find no improvement at all?