Ullcatch named Ireland’s top start-up business
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Being named as the top start-up business of 2015 in the Republic of Ireland has capped a whirlwind first year for terminal tackle manufacturer, Ullcatch.
Following the launch of the company in February with the introduction of the Bait Weaver – an innovative elastic dispenser – the Dublin-based business has already secured distributorship deals in 13 countries, including Germany and Austria with World Fishing Tackle, which dedicated two pages of its product catalogue to Ullcatch.
But the icing on the cake was winning the prestigious Bank of Ireland–sponsored award where founder Martin McGowan was up against stiff competition that included hi-tech and pharmaceutical start-ups.
“I never realised how prestigious the award was until I won it,” said McGowan. “It opens a lot of doors to other business organisations and ticks all the boxes if ever I was to go down the route of applying for grants and the like. It also does no harm in creating brand awareness.”
McGowan gave up 25 years of working in the building trade with a mission to make the frustration of his fishing life – terminal tackle – easier for anglers to use. He explained: “The ideas I have come up with are a result of many years as a fisherman and are designed to solve the problems faced by anglers. They are all about making life easier and spending more time actually on the water.
“I am surprised that we are in so many countries in such a short space of time, but not how the Bait Weaver has taken off because I knew that once we got it into the hands of anglers it would be successful. It is the most practical and functional tool in the tackle box.”
McGowan adds that he is looking to build on the success of his first year in business in 2016 by growing the brand and breaking into other markets. “Building our base in Europe is important, but we have also had positive feedback in the US.”
The Bait Weaver will be followed by other new innovative terminal tackle introductions and McGowan says he has struck a deal to work alongside UK-based manufacturer Akios Fishing Tackle on projects in 2016.