Irish shoppers attracted by offers and promotions as recession bites

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

Despite an ongoing recession Ireland will head European Christmas household spending this year, according to an annual survey by accounting firm Deloitte.

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Irish find work-life balance no hassle

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

A new EU-wide survey reveals that after the Finns and the Dutch, the Irish find it easiest to combine work and family life.

Almost six out of 10 (59 per cent) say it is very or fairly easy to combine the two.

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And the password is cheers

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

The gushing garden fountain, giant ‘triffid’-like plants, towers, and parapets are all dead giveaways. This is no ordinary entrance; this is no formulaic hotel.

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Leading architects open office in Galway

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

OBK Equator European Architects has expanded its Irish practice by opening a dedicated office in Galway. The office will be lead by Eugene Mulcaire, former principal director and driving force behind OKM Architects. His completed projects include; the sustainably designed Galway City Webworks and Bus Station, Castlehope mixed use development, Fairgreen mixed use development and other significant works.

Recent large-scale master planning projects have included Crown Plaza, Mervue, now under construction; and the nine-acre architectural and urban redesign in the heart of Tuam town centre at Bishops Palace, currently with An Bord Pleanala.

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Leading architects open office in Galway

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

OBK Equator European Architects has expanded its Irish practice by opening a dedicated office in Galway. The office will be lead by Eugene Mulcaire, former principal director and driving force behind OKM Architects. His completed projects include; the sustainably designed Galway City Webworks and Bus Station, Castlehope mixed use development, Fairgreen mixed use development and other significant works.

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Cotton Box awarded Ardilaun contract

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

Clarinbridge-based interior design company, Cotton Box Design Group, has been awarded the contract to provide a complete interior design package for the new extension planned for the The Ardilaun hotel.

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Marketing in a recession

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

Welcome to the first of six articles on marketing in a recession. In the last few months the companies I have met with have been divided into two camps regarding the recession. About half of them were cutting back on everything possible in an attempt to ride out the storm. The other half have been re-evaluating their marketing strategy and increasing their spend. Which is right?

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Seminar to discuss how to create wealth in a recession

Thu, Nov 27, 2008

Entrepeneur, stock market trader, investor, seasoned stock market trainer, accountant and MBA holder Pat Lynch is running a seminar in Galway this weekend teaching the tools to make money in the stock market in a recession.

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Regional businesses to ‘go to the wall before Christmas’, warns Healy Eames

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Regional businesses are at risk of “going to the wall” before Christmas, due to their inability to access credit so the banks must “urgently provide cash flow” to protect the city’s businesses and economy.

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Dublin is world's ninth dearest retail city

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Dublin has ranked ninth in a league table of the world's most expensive places to have a retail business, the latest survey from CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) shows.

Dublin is more expensive than Los Angeles and Milan but cheaper than New York, Hong Kong, Moscow and London which make up the top four.

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NCPP director to speak at Galway event

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

NCPP director Lucy Fallon-Byrne will be the keynote speaker at a conference on workplace strategy taking place in Galway next week.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s search begins for the best bilingual business

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh the annual business award that recognises, honours and celebrates all the great bilingual work done in Galway City is now open for nominations.

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Money talks … speak wisely

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

The telephone is a powertool in sales, it is one of the most widely used tools for increasing business, it produces excellent and predictable results, yet it is something sales people will always try to avoid.

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Rid your home of the silent killer

Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Radon gas, known as the silent killer, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which you cannot see, smell or taste, but it may be present in your home. In fact, the west of Ireland has the highest radon levels in the country. But fear not, a new and innovative invention will be hitting the market early next year which could rid your home of this harmful killer.

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Women are more qualified, are getting more jobs, but less pay

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

Female Honours Bachelor Degree graduates are performing better academically and are more likely to be employed than their male counterparts but are still, on average, ending up with lower salaries, according to the report, What Do Graduates Do? The Class of 2006, published this week by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Females are more likely to achieve the highest award class (first class honours) in almost every faculty (except veterinary medicine and architecture), furthermore more females than males gained employment nine months after graduation, however these higher grades and greater employment levels for females are not borne out by salaries. More females (six per cent) than males (four per cent) reported earning less than €12,999 (lowest salary bracket) while twice as many males as females reported earning over €45,000 (highest salary bracket).

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Taking advantage of Olympics and Volvo race among priorities for new Chamber president in west

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

Taking advantage of the spin-off from the London Olympic Games of 2012 and next year’s Volvo Ocean Race should be uppermost in the minds of Galway businesses, according to the newly-elected president of Galway Chamber.

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The perfect fit at fifty

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

The perfect fit arises when the right person is placed in the right job. No square pegs in round holes, no ‘making do’, no ‘getting by’.

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Classic Tiles nominated for top excellence award

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

Galway company Classic Tiles has been nominated for a top retail excellence award to be presented in Kilkenny next week.

The FBD Retail Excellence Ireland Awards are held to mark high standards in business and retail, and the nomination of Classic Tiles is a major boost as the company gets ready to mark 20 years in business next year.

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Atkins working on two Galway treatment plants

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

Atkins Ireland, one of the world's leading providers of professional consulting and construction support services, is working with Galway County Council to procure contracts to design and construct two new wastewater treatment plants in Galway. Construction on the plants in Letterfrack and Clonbur has just started and they are expected to be completed by May 2009.

Atkins is one of the world's leading providers of professional consulting and construction support services employing more than 18,000 staff worldwide. The company is also Europe's largest multi-disciplinary consultancy and employs more than 300 staff in Ireland with offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. Atkins’ office in Galway is located in the Parkmore Technology Park, Galway city.

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Countdown begins to tech-ie Oscars

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

The countdown has begun to the west of Ireland tech-ie Oscars — the ITAG awards— which are being held tomorrow night (Friday) at the Hotel Meyrick.

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