Kinvara software company aims to help business battle the downturn

Thu, Jan 08, 2009

Galway-based software development company Minton Management Solutions has just released a new suite of products directly aimed at helping small or medium sized service companies offset the impact of the recession to their business over the next 12 months.

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€4m scheme to assist redundant apprentices

Thu, Jan 08, 2009

The Government has established a €4 million scheme to assist apprentices who are out of work, according to Fianna Fáil TD Noel Treacy.

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Despite its busiest year, airport wants more routes

Thu, Jan 08, 2009

Despite the turmoil in the international aviation industry, Ireland West Airport has reported that it has had its busiest year ever last year, but it has called on key stakeholders in the region to help them secure new route opportunities in 2009.

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Direct to the customer

Thu, Jan 08, 2009

‘Direct marketing’ or direct mail as it’s also known, is simply targeting people by post or email ‘directly’ at their home or business. I believe direct marketing is one of the most cost effective methods of promoting your business, which is always valuable, but especially so in times of recession.

There are factors involved which contribute to the effectiveness of a direct marketing campaign.

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€60m centres of science planned for around the country

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

An ambitious proposal to set up a centre for science, technology, and innovation in Galway has been announced, along with two others in Cork and Dublin.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge searches for a new tribe

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Nominations for the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh are accepted until 5.30p.m., Monday January 15 2009.

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JCI Galway reviews successful year

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Junior Chamber International Galway hosted its annual ball and awards ceremony in the Glenlo Abbey Hotel recently where the voluntary activities and efforts of members were recognised through the awards ceremony.

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2009 funding secured for Financial Solutions Skillnet

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Financial Solutions Skillnet (FSS) has been awarded €136,500 to continue its subsidised training programme in 2009. The network of more than 60 members offers tailored training courses and networking events to financial services companies and the banking sector.

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Chamber traffic forum hears from interested parties at second full meeting

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Galway Chamber’s Traffic and Transport Forum under the chairmanship of Dr Chris Coughlan, met for the second full forum meeting last week and heard submissions from interested parties regarding the future of Galway’s transport infrastructure.

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The need for advertising in a recession

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

In times of a downturn one of the easiest areas to cut is advertising. It is easy because managers can simply decide to make the cut and, unless they are tied into a contract, then do it. It’s not like trying to get a reduction in rent, which means negotiating with the landlord, or reducing overheads like phone or electricity bills which entails putting controls and systems in place. Advertising can be cut, just like that.

You would do this, of course, only if you view advertising as an overhead. If you consider it an investment, which your marketing budget is, you wouldn’t dream of cutting it. Marketing, which includes advertising, is an investment in growing your business.

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KPMG Galway candidates achieve impressive results in exams

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

KPMG in Galway has announced that three of its people have achieved some of the highest results in Ireland in the final accounting exams of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI). Galway based Caoimhe McLoughlin (second place) John Harney (third place) and Maria Morris (joint eighth place) are all based at the accounting firm’s Eyre Square offices.

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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.

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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.

Mr Lynch has succesfully trained thousands of stock market investors over the past five years and mentors active investors in building wealth creation strategies and he believes the current turmoil offers great opportunity for investors to build wealth without major risk if the correct strategies are used.

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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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