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.

Almost 50 per cent of businesses believe that their income will increase in the quarter (July-September 2018) and over 40 per cent plan to take on more staff in the period while just under a third plan to re-invest in their businesses.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The researchers believe this is well below the popular perception that the majority of restaurants fail in the first year and they hope it will encourage greater confidence and participation in the industry by restaurateurs and financiers.

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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.

A: This doesn’t surprise me.

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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.

Hosted by the The Gauge and Tool Makers Association (GTMA) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), this one day event on June 13 is also worth hundreds of thousands of euros to the engineering and manufacturing industry, as it opens up more trade opportunities between Ireland and the UK.

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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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Clearing away the career change fog

Thu, May 31, 2018

Q: I’m thinking about a career change. Well, to be honest, I’m thinking about thinking about a career change. I don’t even know where to start. Can you give me any pointers? Before I even go to meet somebody such as a coach or career direction specialist, I would like to think about questions I should be asking myself. (IT, email).

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How to Improve Employee Performance

Fri, May 25, 2018

Although a study in 2017 showed that the average Irish worker only has a 22.2 hour working week, this is certainly not true across all levels of the career ladder. In many professions, the number of hours worked each week far exceeds this number and, in fact, exceeds the 40 hour week which is held up as the standard. For example, those working in the Irish agricultural and forestry industries work over 50 hours per week, while managers and directors in Ireland work an average of 42.6 hours each week. However, it is not only by increasing the number of hours worked that employee productivity can be improved so here are some top tips to increase efficiency in the workplace.

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Quarter of all workers in Western Region live in Galway city labour catchment

Thu, May 24, 2018

The Galway City labour catchment is the largest labour catchment in the Western Region with over 70,000 living there and ‘at work’ (70,170) — accounting for 26.9% of the total resident ‘at work’ population within the Western Region (260,261).

This is one of the findings of a new report carried out by the Western Development Commission (WDC), which has carried out in-depth research into the commuting patterns of those at work in the Western Region.

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