Business Leader: Limerick technical consultancy firm Eastway serving manufacturing trade

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Eastway Remote Monitoring, which was named as the overall winner and best service business at the Local Enterprise Awards, is headed by husband-and-wife team Elaine and Bernard Berkery

Eastway Remote Monitoring, which was named as the overall winner and best service business at the Local Enterprise Awards, is headed by father-and-daughter team Elaine and Bernard Berkery

Bernard Berkery, the managing director of Eastway, which provides work to 12 people at the National Technology Park, speaks to Nick Rabbitts:

Tell us about Eastway Technical Consultants:

Eastway is a specialist maintenance company servicing the manufacturing industry. Our services are known as condition monitoring and our mission is to increase machine reliability and reduce costs. We have over 100 clients and have an excellent team of engineers, who are specialists in their field. In 2015 we established Eastway Remote Monitoring which is our product development division. We have developed the Eastway Safeguard which can detect and allow remote analysis of machines located anywhere in the world from our offices in Limerick. Based at the National Technology Park, we employ 12 people.

What does your role entail?

Predominantly I focus on customer relationships and sales

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Ahane, Lisnagry, where I still live to this day, with my wife Anne. We have three children, Elaine and Kevin – who help run Eastway – and Emma.

What is your educational background?

I attended the former vocational school at Castleconnell, while later, ​I did nightclasses in electronics at the National Institute of Higher Education, which is now the University of Limerick.

How did you get to where you are today?

I’m from an electrical background and over the years have had roles including engineering manager and plant manager in the packaging industry before forming Eastway Technical. Like most people, I served my time as an electrician, working at Ferenka for a five-year apprenticeship. After this, I joined Fitzgerald’s packaging, based at the Galvone Industrial Estate. I remained with them for 20 years, starting as an electrician before working my way up to being an engineering manager over its group of companies.

Why did you set up the company?​

I saw an opportunity for condition monitoring in the manufacturing sector and decided to go for it!

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

We have seen significant growth in our business and we intend to expand internationally this year

Who do you admire in business?

Sir Alex Ferguson for his successful team management and determination.

In business and life, are you guided by any particular motto?

‘The client dictates’

Away from work, what are your pastimes and hobbies?

I enjoy golf, watching GAA and maybe a little bit of golf.