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20 February 2015

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THE NEXT LEVEL is a series of television
programmes which follow the fortunes of family-run businesses in Northern Ireland as they try to scale the corporate ladder.

The programmes enter the Boardrooms and walk the shop floors of five different small companies, following their peaks and troughs over a period of twelve months. The fly-on-the-wall approach allows viewers to access the internal workings of the firms – the decision making processes, the challenges and the risks taken in their bid to battle it out in the world of big business.

Although the series has finished, you can still search for programme information, teacher notes and worksheets in website. Programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

Download the “Building Mangement & Leadership Capabilities in NI” PDF that accompanies this series

Download the Word Document that supports the series


Programme 1
The Street -SEELB code: TQ 0004

10th September 2007
11.30 -12.00pm

The Streat follows Michael and Nikki McQuillan who hope to franchise their coffee-shop chain in order to create an international brand.


Programme 2
FM Environmental -SEELB code: TQ 0072

24th September 2007
11.30 -12.00pm

FM Environmental shows the Fitzpatrick family expanding their waste water treatment business in Malta, Malaysia, Australia and Europe, and launching the ‘Grease Guardian’ product.


Programme 3
McAvoy --SEELB code: TQ 0109

1st October 2007
11.30 -12.00pm

If they are to increase turnover by £10 million, the McAvoy family need to promote their new anti-vandal portable toilet units, as well as finding hotels to buy their new bathroom ‘pods’.


Programme 4
Powerhouse - -SEELB code: TQ 0145

8th October 2007
11.30 -12.00pm

Garth and Alison Young’s Powerhouse sportswear company has stagnated and they face repossession of their home if they don’t increase the company’s production and turnover drastically.


Programme 5
Connect Engineering -SEELB code: TQ 0182

15th October 2007
11.30 -12.00pm

Owners of Connect Engineering, Connor McGuckin and Brigit Duggan hope to change the world of mechanical digging with the Spring Lock Hitch and the Rota Connect 360.

MLN are a not-for-profit organisation designed to assist current and future managers in developing their Management & Leadership capabilities. Why not visit our website and utilize the best-practice information and award-winning resources that are freely available to everyone in Northern Ireland .

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