Mayo family business selected to share story about living and working in the West at SeaFest

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

A family business from Mayo has been selected to represent the West of Ireland at SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival. Mother and daughter Marjorie and Maebh O’Malley of Achill Island Sea Salt will speak about their experiences of living and working in Mayo at a dedicated LookWest.ie Marquee.

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Top west of Ireland businesses unite to launch Sales Professionals Network

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Sales professionals in the West of Ireland finally have a network to help them learn and share their experiences across industries. The first event of the Sales Professionals Network took place in the Portershed, Galway and was attended by over 150 sales and marketing professionals working in the West of Ireland. A formal launch of the Sales Professionals Network will take place in the coming months.

The Network was born from the Regional Skills West forum (regionalskills.ie) which identified professional sales across multiple disciplines as a skill which seemed to be deficient in industry across the region. Regional Skills Forum Manager Claire Hurley said, "It’s great to see the work of the forum coming to life and to have such a fine group of individuals and businesses involved in driving this network forward.”

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Mayo company Portwest launches new store in Killarney

Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Portwest, Ireland’s only manufacturer of outdoor leisurewear and clothing, has opened a new 3,000 square feet shop at 94 New Street, Killarney. The Mayo based company is a family run business which was founded in 1904.

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Three mayo companies shortlisted for startup awards

Fri, May 12, 2017

Bank of Ireland has announced the 96 companies shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 with three Mayo businesses nominated for awards. The competition, now in its sixth year, recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 13 categories including digital, health and healthcare, food and drink, retail, fintech and technology, with the awards taking place in the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday next.

Mayo business Make a Mark has been shortlisted in the Emerging Startup category while Ballina business Pure Glan Food has been shortlisted in the Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Startup and Product and Manufacturing Startup categories. Big Red Barn has also been nominated in the Product and Manufacturing Startup category. Category winners of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards will go on to represent Ireland in the prestigious European Startup Awards which will take place later this year.

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Taoiseach welcomes investment of €303,891 in Mayo based seafood enterprises

Fri, May 12, 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, of the awarding of €91,972 in grants to two seafood enterprises in County Mayo. The two Mayo based seafood enterprises which have received funding are Sofi Shellfish (grant aid of €27,526), located close to Mulranny, and Carr and Sons Seafood (grant aid of €64,446) in Killala. This funding will allow for a greater investment of €303,891 into their businesses. The funding is awarded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

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Connacht’s tech-savvy SMEs picking up additional revenue by selling online

Fri, May 12, 2017

Connacht SMEs with a website pick up an average of 12 additional jobs a year, new research from the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages Ireland’s country domain name .ie, has revealed.

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Two Mayo natives shortlisted as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Fri, May 05, 2017

Mayo natives Harry Hughes (Portwest) and Niall McGarry (Maximum Media/JOE Media) have been shortlisted for 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme. The shortlist of 24 finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM (EOY) programme was revealed this week, representing entrepreneurial businesses across the island of Ireland in a range of sectors including technology, healthcare, FMCG, and retail.

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Enterprise Ireland announces €750,000 in start-up funding for female entrepreneurs

Fri, May 05, 2017

Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for female entrepreneurs has just opened. Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies. Last year, one in three companies who received CSF investment from Enterprise Ireland were female-led.

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GPA Solutions delivers a range of accounts and payroll courses in Castlebar

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

GPA Solutions is delivering a range of business courses, in its training centre in Castlebar, this spring. The Sage 50 (certified by QQI Level 5) will run for five days, commencing on Thursday, April 25, in Castlebar. Learners will experience setting up a company, entering source documents in the various day book and preparing debtors and creditor’s balances and reports. Learners will learn to produce VAT reports, bank reconciliation, and monthly profit and loss and balance sheet reports.

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Future Makers 2017 is now open for entries

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme is now accepting online applications for 2017. With a prize fund totalling €24,500, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers, rewarding the next generation of Irish creatives and helping them to develop a career in the craft and design industry.

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Deadline approaching for Network Mayo’s discounted early bird membership

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Anyone considering joining Network Mayo, Mayo’s business networking group for women, can avail of a 10 per cent discount off the annual membership fee until Monday March 20. Membership is now open for 2017 and anyone interested in joining can email [email protected] to request an application form. Annual membership costs €125. Customers of AIB, Network Ireland’s national sponsor, also receive a 10 per cent discount (only one discount allowed per member).

Already this year Network Mayo has welcomed almost 80 women and men to its events. While membership of the organisation is only open to women, men are always welcome at events. The first event in January was a team building through bowling night hosted by Mayo Leisure Point and provided a great opportunity for members and interested parties to meet, chat, and have a lot of fun.

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Risking their lives so we can live ours

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

There is a scene in A Few Good Men where the character played by Jack Nicholson provoked by the Tom Cruise character, says that he represents those who stand guard on the wall while we sleep, while we have our parties, while we take liberty for granted, while we enjoy the freedoms that we have, because people like him are standing on that wall, day and night. Leaving aside the characteristics of that part he played, there resonates from his words the reality that exists in every community across the world.

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