Galway tourism interests part of gathering to attract business tourism to the west

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Pictured at the event are (l-r) Averil Burke, BEM Ireland; Eamon Howley, BEM Ireland; Darragh O'Connor,
Clayton Hotel; Kathleen McDonagh, GoWest; and Letitia Wade, Failte Ireland.

Galway businesses were in Dublin this week to attend Fáilte Ireland’s Business Tourism Briefing and hear about plans for the business tourism sector for 2015 and beyond. Over 250 members from across Ireland’s business tourism sector were in attendance, representing conference venues, hotels, professional conference organisers, destination management companies, university conference offices and regional convention bureaux.

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Credit Guarantee Scheme changes to help SMEs get loan finance

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD this week announced changes to the Credit Guarantee Scheme which will assist more small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to get loan finance.

The Credit Guarantee Scheme aims to help viable businesses which have been refused conventional bank credit facilities access a state-backed guarantee for 75 per of their loan.

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Galway group takes the hassle out of organising exploration holidays

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Do you dream of driving Route 66? Would you love to explore the Wild Atlantic Way? Or the Cotswolds? Don’t know where to start? A Galway company has solved an age-old problem for people organising walking, cycling or driving holidays.

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Inspiring networking evening for designers and craft makers

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

The Local Enterprise Office, Galway brings together craft makers and other members of Galway’s craft and design community, at a special free networking session on February 26. Pop along to hear Bernadine Burke’s inspiring story about her business ‘Friends and Family Trees’.

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Referee call must be good for you

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Grand designs on work slot

Q. I’m a graphic designer and have been called to interview. Should I bring my portfolio of work with me even though I haven’t been asked to? (LT, email).

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Working from home Galwaywoman wins her fifth all expenses trip with Captain Tortue group

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Aix en Provence, Marrakesh, St Tropez and now Barcelona are all exotic destinations of breaks won by Galway mother of two Valerie Totman on a luxury rewards programme run by the Captain Tortue Group direct selling company, not to mention numerous UK destinations such as Windsor, London, and Stratford Upon Avon.

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iConnect acquires Screenway with the creation of 20 jobs

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Director of iConnect, John McEvoy

iConnect, Ireland’s Apple approved premium reseller has announced that it has acquired Galway company Screenway to roll out its Education arm in Ireland. The deal will see iConnect retain ten employees and create twenty new full-time Education Specialists positions expanding out of Galway and operating nationwide.

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Gort-based Topform are named finalists in SFA Awards

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Topform, the Gort-based makers of creative work surface solutions, has been named as a finalist in the year’s Small Firms Association Awards in the Manufacturing Category, sponsored by competitive energy provider Energia.

The announcement was made at the SFA Awards Showcase in Dublin Castle last week. The awards will be presented by awards patron, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, to all category winners and the overall winner at a Gala Event in March 2015.

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NUI Galway global alumni network goes live

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

NUI Galway has over 90,000 graduates around the world, and at a recent NUI Galway event, RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, NUI Galway Alumni Association Chair launched a new departure through the means of an innovative social media platform for the University’s graduates to connect. The new Alumni Network is an exciting new way for graduates to connect with NUI Galway's global network and with each other, and it can be found at www.nuigalway.ie/network

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Nolan demands Galway be considered in Aer Lingus decision

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

Any potential sale of Aer Lingus must take into consideration the impact on Galway and the economy of the entire western region.

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West of Ireland companies urged to engage in broadband plan

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

The Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF), the IBECgroup that represents the telecoms sector, today called on companies and individuals in the West to engage in the Department of Communications consultation on high speed broadband, which closes next Thursday February 12. Last year, the Department announced a major initiative to subsidise a high speed broadband (30Mbps) network to ensure every home and business is covered. To benefit, it's important that people check to see if they are covered by the existing plans.

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Three Galway companies nominated for prestigious innovation awards

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Galway has underlined its role as a key innovations hub with three companies from the county making the shortlist for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.

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Galway businesses to be honoured at SCCUL Enterprise Awards

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Twenty five County Galway businesses will receive a New Year bonanza tonight when they will be honoured at the SCCUL Enterprise Awards. The awards ceremony which will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway tonight will celebrate enterprise in six different categories: Agriculture and Food, Arts Tourism & Sport, Business Services, Consumer Goods and Services, ICT and Social Enterprise.

Guests of honour for the awards ceremony include IDA Chairman Frank Ryan, publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey and NUI Galway President, Dr. James J Browne.

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Shannon Airport turnaround accelerates in 2014 with 17 per cent growth in passenger numbers

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Shannon Airport has delivered on its pledge to achieve significant passenger growth in its second year as an independent entity, with end of year figures for 2014 showing a 17 per cent increase on 2013.

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2015 Local Jobs Market Predictions

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

In the second part of the Galway Advertiser series on recruitment, in conjunction with our website www.classifieds.advertiser.ie, we are profiling the three recruitment specialists whose expertise we have sought for this feature and their key personnel make predictions about the 2015 jobs market.

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Tesco first in line with sweet free checkouts

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

This month sees the implementation of sweet free checkouts in all 148 Tesco stores in Ireland. The move follows the announcement in May last year that Tesco would be the first retailer in Ireland to commit to removing sweets and chocolates from all checkouts to support a healthier Ireland.

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HerFamily.ie launches to become fourth site in Maximum Media stable

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Pictured at the launch of HerFamily.ie, the big sister site to Her.ie were (back row) Sive O’Brien – editor of HerFamily.ie,  Niall McGarry, CEO of Maximum Media, and Katie Molony – MD of Maximum Media, (front Row) Sean Keating, Juno O’Brien, and Molly Keating.

HerFamily.ie the latest website in the stable owned by businessman Niall McGarry launched this week with Sive O’Brien at the helm.

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Local recruitment agencies well placed to spot trends for year ahead

Mon, Jan 05, 2015

In a new three part series, The Galway Advertiser in conjunction with our classifieds website classifieds.advertiser.ie is examining the current state of the jobs market in the region. We spoke to experts from three well known recruitment companies which operate offices in the city; Collins McNicholas, Cpl, and HAYS. In this week’s feature, we assess the year gone by, while next week the recruiters make their predictions for 2015 and in the final part of the series, there will be advice and tips on how to land your dream job.

In the years up to 2007, Ireland and in turn Galway, had one of the healthiest labour markets in the world. However we are all only too aware of the turn of events since the economic boom, when thousands of people lost their jobs through no fault of their own. This is undoubtedly a heartbreaking and humiliating experience. There is so much more to a job than money, it is an extension of our identities, a steady routine, and a positive social outlet. We hope if you are a jobseeker or considering a job or indeed a career change that some of the information and pointers in this series helps to give you the confidence and motivation to aspire to be the best you can be.

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Best newcomer award rounds off a remarkable year for reinvented Shannon

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Shannon Airport has rounded off a remarkable year on a high after being among the award winners at the InBUSINESS Editor’s Choice Awards in Association with Chambers Ireland.

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You never know what they’re thinking

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

SLI NUA CAREERS

A story was relayed to me by a colleague who had, and still has, a close friendship with a highly-successful businessman. It concerned the manner in which this businessman would form opinions on the suitability of candidates during interviews.

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