Michael Hoyne
Michael began his career by founding a plumbing distribution business in his home town of Kilkenny. In 1986 he launched Somerby, a shower tray business. In 1988 alongside Somerby, Michael began a complimentary business, Image Showering, which he ran successfully until he exited in 1999. This experience fuelled his drive for the manufacturing industry and in 2000 he founded MERLYN SHOWERING.  Michael’s ultimate goal was to challenge the existing traditional manufacturers with an innovative quality range of products, supported by leading customer service. MERLYN BATHROOMS grew to be No 1 in U.K. and Ireland, and designed ranges for markets across Europe and Middle East. It subsequently became one of the most innovative and progressive bathroom companies in Europe, and won numerous awards over the years for quality, design and customer service. Michael was a finalist in Entrepreneur of the year in 2015. MERLYN BATHROOMS was sold in 2017 to Norcross PLC for €70 million.