About Barry, FDSI Founder & MD

About Barry, FDSI Founder & MD

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Barry Connellan

Barry is the Founder and Managing Director of Franchise Development Solutions International- FDSI – a wholly Irish owned, 21st Century Franchise Consultancy & Marketing firm.

Barry got his start as a stock broker after earning his BA in Business Management, Business Economics and E-Commerce from Dublin Business School. Having come from an entrepreneurial family, he’s always been a keen numbers and business man so spent his early career as a stock broker. From there, he developed a deep skill set and passion for providing managed technology solutions and services to help businesses grow in Ireland and internationally, such as he did for years in the field of telecommunications in several enterprise business development roles.

After successfully running the sales departments for several organisations, he decided it was time to go into business for himself. He reviewed his options and to his delight, discovered the benefits of franchising. Among other things, he appreciated the start-up risks were lower than going into an independent venture, with the franchise model of ‘being in business for himself but not by himself’ to be able to learn as much as possible. In 2013 he was awarded the Franchise Development Solutions master license for Ireland from the UK’s FDS headquarter offices and, after successfully launching his Irish office, due to changes in their organisation, negotiated to gain full independence with his own technologically-minded company.

His vision has been to modernise the franchise experience for established and successful franchise brands, that may not be aware of the many improved ways businesses can now leverage new technologies to greatly benefit and impact their operations, cash flow, system growth and profitability. Having already worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, Barry’s team at FDSI offers unique, sound, and constructive advice and solutions to franchise investors and to credible, ethical and future-focused franchise brands across the globe.