Please be aware our new contact number is 0818 373 000

Please be aware our new contact number is
0818 373 000

0818 373 000

10 Quick Fire Questions with Liam Killeen

Company / Business: Sweeney Oil

Number of Stores: 4

Number of Employees: 70

Years in Existence: 33

1 – What made you choose CBE as your EPoS supplier?

CBE are a local company. At the time we were looking for an EPoS supplier, they had everything we required and suited our business. We have a very good relationship, and they have always given us the best innovations to help run our stores more efficiently.

2 – What are the main trends you are observing within your industry?

Cigarette sales have seen a huge increase. I would say a big contributing factor would be the stress associated with the current pandemic and lockdown. Margins are decreasing. There has been a huge increase in pre-price marked products being sold. It is also very hard to get staff at the minute.

3 – Can you describe what a typical working day looks like for you?

My normal working day begins at around 7 am. Every week I try to visit one of the stores each day and then spend a day in the office. I am responsible for the operation of our retail business, and this can bring its own challenges every day. (mostly Positive!)

4 – What do you love about your job?

I like work. I love the different challenges that each day brings. I love seeing the different trends and changes within our industry and incorporating them into our own stores.

5 – What do you feel is your greatest strength?

I would say my ability to communicate is a very strong trait that I hold. I would also like to think that I am a very good leader.

6 – How do you think your employees would describe you?

I suppose I could be described as firm, but very fair. I would never ask anyone to do something that I wouldn’t do myself. I don’t think any of our staff would say they don’t like working for me.

7 – What job role within your company would you be terrible at?

I don’t like dealing with unnecessary controversy. Trying to resolve it can be a job in itself.

8 – What is the most heartwarming thing you have ever seen an employee do for a customer?

There have been so many throughout the years. One thing that we do here in Sweeney Oil is train our staff members to ‘provide a service’, it is the ethos of our company. During the winter months, we do training day sessions specifically around providing a quality service to our customers.

9 – How do you relax after a hard day at work?

Play golf, badly!! I would be a very big GAA fan. My sons play with the local GAA club here in Galway.

10 – Finally, if you could have lunch with one person, who would it be, and why?

I would have to say Paul McGinley. I have been in his company and he just has a great persona about him. He is a very shrewd operator and a good leader, as we saw from being the winning captain of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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