Minister turns sod on commencement of GMIT iHub extension work

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, last week turned the first sod on the site of the new extension to GMIT’s Innovation Hub (iHub) at the GMIT Galway campus.

This extension will double the size of the Innovation Hub to about 2,400 m2, providing space for an additional three dedicated MedTech R&D units; 17 incubation units for start-ups in the Software, Digital Tech, Connected Health sectors; a Co-Working space; an Events Space; Social Hubs; and, breakout meeting and networking areas. The extension will also provide a dedicated Entrepreneurship Hub where GMIT researchers, staff, students and Industry can work collaboratively on the creation and development of innovative ideas in support of an Open Innovation Strategy.

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bizmentors hit the 900 mark with free mentoring programme for SMES and start-ups

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

bizmentors marked another significant milestone last week as it welcomed the 900th person to its free mentoring programme.

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Bank of Ireland announced as Connacht Rugby sponsor

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Connacht Rugby and Bank of Ireland are delighted to announce a three year official partnership which will see the Bank of Ireland logo displayed on the back of the Connacht home, away, European and training jerseys.

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Galway Chamber’s Business Barometer shows traffic is a major concern

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Galway’s businesses are optimistic about their overall prospects for the current quarter, but over four fifths of them believe that traffic congestion in Galway is having a negative effect on business according to survey carried out by Galway Chamber at the end of June.

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Electric vehicles set to become the new normal for motorists

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Research conducted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) reveals that two in five adults living in Connacht would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV). The research, which surveyed 1,000 people, found that the lower running costs of driving an EV was the primary reason for considering to purchase (41%), second only to helping the environment (51%).

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HSA launches online construction safety course for local contractors and self employed

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched a short, interactive on-line course titled ‘An Introduction to Construction Safety for Small Contractors and the Self-Employed’.

The course has been developed by the HSA with the support of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), in order to provide relevant health and safety information to small construction contractors and to raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety, health and welfare in construction.

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NUI Galway students’ energy efficient car wins major award at Shell Eco-marathon Europe

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Engineering students from NUI Galway have won first place for technical innovation at Shell Eco-marathon Europe, the continent’s premier competition for ultra-efficient vehicles.

The Galway team won the award for its Geec, an energy-efficient car capable of travelling more than 350km on one unit, or kilowatt-hour (kWh), of electricity - the equivalent of driving from Galway to Dublin for less than 15 cents’ worth of electricity or 10,000 miles per gallon of diesel.

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For quality furniture, go to Monaghan Bros Company

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Monaghan Bros is a leading specialist in the manufacture and supply of standard and customised contract furniture to the hospitality industry throughout the country.

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Gary Matthews - Personal Injury Solicitor

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

After qualifying as a solicitor and becoming a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the governing body of solicitors in Ireland, in 1995, Gary Matthews started his practice as a solicitor. His solicitors practice has its offices in the centre of Dublin and in Newry (Northern Ireland) and deals exclusively in the Republic of Ireland with Personal Injury claims, which includes Road Traffic accidents, Slips and falls, Trips, Work accidents and Injuries, Medical Negligence and Accidents abroad.

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Retailers call for tax fairness measures in Budget 2019

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Retail Excellence, the largest retail organisation in Ireland, is today calling for targeted solutions for retailers in Budget 2019. In an increasingly boundary-less retail environment the representative body are seeking additional online supports and tax fairness measures to protect retailers from the onslaught of cheap, non-European imports.

In their Budget 2019 submission titled “Retail: Sustaining and Growing an Economy”, Retail Excellence are also seeking a general cut in consumption taxes, a reduction in the cost of doing business, increased funding to get retailers online, increased infrastructural investment, Garda resources, town renewal funding, investment in the Home Renewal Scheme, introduction of measures to increase our competitiveness and improved access to finance.

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New start-up and innovation academy for medical technology

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

A series of start-up presentations to support Galway’s medical device industry will take place in September.

With the high concentration of innovative people in a tight medical device cluster in the west of Ireland, Medical Technology Ireland is hosting a start-up and innovation academy on Thursday September 27.

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Business voice must be heard as Brexit deadlines come and go, says Chamber president

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

As part of last week’s meeting of the EU Council and in light of the snail’s pace in negotiations between the UK and EU, Galway Chamber has called on the EU27 and the UK government to provide clarity to business on what the future trade relationship post March 2019 will be.

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You’re the presentation – not the slideshow

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

Q: I’ve an interview for manager of a business incubation centre. They want me to present for ten minutes on ‘What I will achieve in the first year’ – but, and here’s the rub, they have stipulated that I can’t use PowerPoint or Prezi. Zero technology. How should I approach this? (EH, email).

A: With relish, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

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Are you getting the best deal on car finance?

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Thinking of buying a new car in the coming months? Then you’ve no doubt heard about Personal Contract Plans or PCPs. These car finance agreements have been getting a lot of attention – and not always for the right reasons. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) recently released the first public analysis of PCPs in Ireland. The report found that a third of new car purchases in Ireland are now financed by PCP agreements.

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New research shows survival rates of Irish restaurants much higher than perceived

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

A new study by researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) shows that the average failure rate for Irish restaurants in the first year is just 15 per cent.

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Your Career, Your Choices

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Q: “I come from the other side of the fence - I work in HR and sit on interview panels a few times a month. One thing that really galls me is when a candidate communicates with only one or two members of a three-person panel. I’ve seen engineers only properly engage with the engineer on the panel. It always annoys me and turns me against the candidate. Perhaps it is a topic on which you could elaborate?” - DC, email.

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NUI Galway spin-out Neurent Medical raises €9.3 million in funding

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Neurent Medical Limited, a Galway-based medical device company specialising in the treatment of rhinitis, an inflammatory disease of the nose, has raised €9.3 million in a Series A funding round.

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Neylons Facility Management wins for Ireland in Warsaw

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Neylons Facility Management from Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland has been named Winner of the Workplace and People Development Award in the Grand Final of this year’s European Business Awards sponsored by RSM, at an awards ceremony held in Warsaw.

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Manufacturing Solutions 2018 takes place

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Ireland’s largest manufacturing supply chain conference and trade exhibition - Manufacturing Solutions 2018 - has just gotten bigger, with this year’s event estimated to be worth in excess of €170,000 to the local hospitality sector.

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How to make your overseas experience work at home

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Q: “I have been working as a primary school teacher in London for six years. I’ve worked in some challenging schools, to say the least – in almost every class, I had children from backgrounds where drug and alcohol misuse was rampant. Behaviour was a constant issue in those schools. I have got on quite well. I’ve also done some courses on school leadership. Now I want to move back to my home place in rural Ireland. I’m afraid that what I have done in London won’t really be relevant to rural or small town schools in Ireland, and that I should tone down my CV. Any advice?” (CT, email).

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