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Minister White announces Bobby Kerr as Chair of post office network Business Development Group

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White T.D., today announced Bobby Kerr is to be the independent Chair of the Post Office Network Business Development Group to examine the potential and opportunities for new Government and commercial business that could be transacted through the post office network.

Minister White welcomed Bobby Kerr as the chair of the group, saying "I am delighted to welcome Bobby Kerr as Chair of the Post Office Network Business Development Group. Bobby Kerr brings a depth of knowledge and experience in identifying and developing business opportunities. His input will be invaluable in our work to secure the future of the post office network."

The group will formally launch in the New Year and will comprise representation from An Post, the Irish Postmasters' Union and organisations from across the public and private sectors. The Terms of Reference for the Business Development Group will be to explore the potential opportunities for new Government and commercial business for the post office network, and it will engage with both commercial businesses and Government organisations and agencies to assist in this work.

Minister for Rural Economic Development, Ann Phelan T.D., said "Post offices are often the hub of local communities across rural Ireland, and I look forward to working with Bobby Kerr and the Business Development Group in the New Year to find new ways of bringing business into the hearts of our communities."


Bobby Kerr said “As someone who has worked in Retail for almost 30 years I relish the challenge of working with all the relevant stakeholders in the post office and the department of Communications to design a fit for purpose retail model which will secure the future of the Post Office as an viable commercial model and essential part of the community in both urban and rural Ireland.”


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Biography - Bobby Kerr

Bobby Kerr is a well-known business man and the Chairman of Insomnia. He has many different business interests in the hotel, restaurant and food sectors.


From an earlier age, Bobby was involved in business helping run the family business – the 4 star Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny. After graduating from catering management in DIT Cathal Brugha Street, Bobby landed his first job at AIB catering in Ballsbridge. He then travelled the globe, working as a chef on oil rigs in the North Sea and in Canada.


He returned to Ireland in the mid 80’s where he spent 13 years with the Campbell Bewley group. As Managing Director of Bewleys Oriental Cafes, he oversaw 30 cafes and bakeries with a turnover of €40 million.


In 1999, Bobby set up PERK coffee shops in Dublin, before selling the brand to Insomnia. Bobby reinvested all the proceeds of the PERK sale back into Insomnia and became a shareholder and CEO. From 2004 to 2010 he led the expansion of the business from 17 to 70 shops and increased turnover from €5 million to €21 million. In March 2010, he changed his role from CEO of Insomnia to Chairman to allow him concentrate on his ever growing portfolio of business. The Company which he co-owns, now has 94 high street outlets together with 200 in store coffee sites within Spar & Mace through a franchise agreement with BWG Foods


He was a founding dragon in the RTÉ programme Dragon’s Den since 2008 and participated in the first four years of the show where he has made 9 investments.


Bobby is a highly sought after public speaker. He has been presenting the very popular radio show“ Down to Business” on Saturday mornings on NewstalkFM since 2010 which has 67000 listeners according to the latest JNLR listings.


He is also a board member of the DIT Foundation and of MicroFinance Ireland where he sits on the credit committee.