On a Tuesday in Summer 1992, former NCF Co-op chairman and dairy farmer, Billy Heffron, was standing in his empty office over the former Irish Permanent Building Society in Pearse Street, looking out at the busy street below. His decision to open a consultancy practice in Ballina only a month previous, was looking increasingly courageous, as his GAA colleagues would say of a solo run towards the opponent’s goal in extra time. His radio show “Farming Matters” on Mid-West radio, drew hundreds of queries each week on all aspects of agriculture and rural life, and Billy believed that even more people wanted a walk-in service to help them navigate the increasing paperwork and regulations of business life in rural Ireland. Yet, no one had yet walked up those steps except the postman, with less than welcomed utility bills.
Was his solo run over before it began?
Then the sound of light steps on stairs, an urgent knock and his first customer walked in almost breathless - with a farm retirement plan she needed advice on. Billy – “her man on the radio” – was the only expert she would trust to do it. As they sat down to examine the details Billy allowed himself a smile – his solo run may work out after all….
This was the beginning of over two decades of growing success for Billy and his team. Only a few years later they outgrew their office and relocated the business, to Clare Street, overlooking the beautiful river Moy, with years of building trusted relationships with the farmers, workers and business people of the North West. From the early days of managing Farm Accounts, EU grant applications and Agricultural advice with Billy’s first employees – his wife Mary, Bernie McHale and Seamus Murphy - the business has expanded and now offers years of expertise in Property Management, Auctioneering, Small Business Accounts & Taxation, Financial planning, Insolvency and Banking advice and resolutions. As Ballina and it’s hinterland has undergone the many changes the years have wrought Billy’s courageous solo run has become a team effort with Dorothy Forde, Tom Carolan, Maria Foley, Geraldine Barrett and Maureen Keane joining Billy, to make his office one of the North West’s busiest one stop shop for their farming, business and financial needs. Aside from his own personal qualifications as a member of IPAV – Institute of Professional Auctionerers & Valuer, his daughter and now Billy’s right hand woman Maire is completing her own Higher Certificate in Real Estate (Valuation, Sales and Management), while the business itself has a PSRA licence, IPAV, TRV and TEGOVA membership.
Owner and founder.
Auctioneer, Consultant and Valuer.
Diploma in Auctioneering, Dip Social Action,
Registered Tax Advisor, Cert Agriculture, Cert Property Valuation
A native of Moygownagh, Billy has been very involved in local organisations all his life, striving to better improve the communities and region, including; the GAA (former vice chairman of County Board) and farming organisations., the County Enterprise Board, Mayo 2000 and NCF Co-op (now Connacht Gold). Billy is the Former Farming and Rural affairs Correspondent with Mid-West Radio and Former Chairman of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and present active chamber member.
Maire has many years experience in Financial and Business mamangement before joining her father’s Business. She will be qualified in 2017 in her IPAV Higher Cert in Real Estate (Valuation and Property Management).
I.P.A.V. Certificate in Property Letting
Dorothy, a native of Ballina who has been in the business for 16 years is the Property Manager for Billy Heffron Business Services. Dorothy manages the property rental and property management sections of the business.
Property Management Accounts
Geraldine from Lahardane is with the company since 2006. She deals with the financial side of the Property Management.
Property Management Administration
Maureen, from Culleens, Co. Sligo. works with Heffron Business Services as Property Management Administrator. Maureen is with the Company since the year 2000.
Tax & Financial Advisor
Tom is from Westport is responsible for dealing with the Tax Affairs of our Small Business and Self Employed Clients. He has extensive experience in Banking and Accounting from his days in the UK and of later years in Ballina with Billy.
Personal Assistant to Billy Heffron
Maria, works as Personal Assistant to Billy Heffron and is with the business since 1996.