A great addition to the team came in 1996, when Conor Jnr. married Denise Murphy, an engineer with industry experience in the likes of Abbott and Merck sharp & Dohme. Stepping in early, Denise would lighten the burden of driving growth. Conor focused on building a very successful national business in office furniture, supplies and design services, which remains the heart and core of the business.
‘Success is based on building long term relationships through effective customer service, with multi-nationals and homegrown businesses among our customers’.
Acknowledging the importance of achieving a work/life balance for the family business- seeing staff as part of the family- Denise focused on effective staff relations, while also building out new product lines that would add value not only at a consumer level, but in time, a business level. They introduced new lines across toys, applying a high degree of intelligence in product selection, including key anchor brands in toys such as Lego, Vtech and Fisher Price, bringing what was available on the high street to Thurles and beyond. Denise remains committed to meeting needs across early learning, and along these lines Stakelums also became a supplier of school books and stationery to schools and individuals, building warm relationships over the years.