Gnó Mhaigh Eo in association with its partners is launching a comórtas for businesses all over Maigh Eo. Gradam Gnó le Gaeilge is open to businesses which use Gaeilge in their business. Do you know of any business where you can receive a seirbhís through the medium of Irish? Any business where the staff speak Irish to you? Do you know of any business that uses Irish in its fógraíocht? Any business that has Irish in its cártaí gnó? Do you know of any business that uses Irish in its branding, or on its suíomh idirlín?
Or do you have your own gnó? Do you use Irish at all in your business? In the signage that you use mar shampla? Is any part of your website in Irish? Is there any member of your staff who can speak Irish? Do you sell any Irish language products - leabhair, cluichí, etc? You can nominate your own business or another business for this gradam.
The prizes have a value of €7,000. Included in the prizes are advertising for your gnó with the Mayo Advertiser, advertising with Midwest Radio, design and print with Cashin Print, a mentoring course with Mayo County Enterprise Board and an Irish language course with Gnó Mhaigh Eo. Maybe you are thinking ‘why should I use Irish in my business?’ There are many advantages of doing this. Using the language can create a distinctive íomhá and signal a commitment to quality and excellence. Irish can help a company’s authentic Irish image, and Irish ownership. It is our teanga oifigiúil, bilingual signage portrays our unique identity as a country. If you know of any business which you think may be suitable for this award, or if you think your own gnó may be suitable, fill in the application form.
Application forms must be submitted by January 11 2013. Completed forms should be returned to Gnó Mhaigh Eo, 1 Bridge Street, Westport, Co Mayo.
The benefits of using Irish in your business
Using the language harnesses goodwill at low cost - most Irish people are very sympathetic towards the lanaguage and have a desire to speak and understand it.
It attracts new customers, especially among Irish speakers and learners. Many Irish speakers will choose a company that uses Irish over one that does not. They are loyal customers.
Irish can help a company’s authentic Irish image and Irish ownership.
It attracts tourists. Visitors want to experience a place that feels, looks, and sounds different.
Using the language can create a distinctive image and signal a commitment to quality and excellence.
It is our official language. Bilingual signage portrays our unique identity as a country.