Galway 2020 calls on business community to pledge support

As Galway moves closer to the final bid submission, the dream of securing the title of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is very much alive and tangible. The outstanding success of the bid so far has been ignited by the passion, solidarity and generosity of the people and businesses of Galway city and county across all community sectors. The opportunities and possibilities for businesses to get behind the exciting Galway 2020 bid are endless and the support of the business community of Galway is integral as the final stage of the bid is fast approaching.

On Tuesday next June 7, at 6.30pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Galway, the Galway 2020 team will host an business engagement forum for businesses of Galway to discover the exceptional opportunities involved in pledging support to the most exciting bid Galway has ever seen. Choosing to get behind the Galway 2020 bid not only enables Galway to move towards the goal of securing the coveted title of 2020 European Capital of Culture but also to raise the funds essential to ignite the vision of hosting an exclusive year long programme of events, and bring a vibrant and more creative Galway to life. The European Capital of Culture Programme has become a key platform for Galway city and county’s positioning and a catalyst for economic and cultural regeneration.

Attendees will enjoy a special summer barbeque in the Radisson’s Veranda Lounge and outdoor terrace, followed by a panel discussion featuring keynote speakers Aideen McGinley, Trustee for BBC Northern Ireland, former CEO ILEX the urban regeneration company for Derry which was instrumental for the city’s successful bid for UK City of Culture 2013 and also a former CEO of Fermanagh District Council, Secretary at the Dept of Culture and Leisure Northern Ireland, alongside Terence Brannigan, Chairman of Northern Ireland Tourism and a significant business figure in Northern Ireland and sponsor of the Derry UK Capital of Culture project who will discuss Derry’s success strategy and its long-term and benefits.

Learn how the city and county’s business community can offer your support and help Galway 2020 strive to make the dream of securing the 2020 European Capital of Culture title a reality.

In order to deliver this vision the Galway 2020 team are asking, 2020 businesses and communities of Galway, to simply commit by becoming a member of the exclusive Business Engagement, Galway 2020 Leadership team, pledging your support of €2020 to the bid before the final stage in the decision process next month takes place in July 2016, showcasing the ultimate commitment of Galway to this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Offering the support of your business to the Galway 2020 Bid will not only allow Galway to enjoy the benefits of immediate cultural, social and economic impacts but most significantly, to secure long-term growth in key areas such as urban and rural change and business and tourism development.

These long-term strategies will grant Galway the opportunity to reach its full potential and the 2020 title would generate €500 million of investment which, will revitalise, re-generate and re-connect Galway city and county. Pledging your support to the Galway 2020 bid is an investment which guarantees a transformation for Galway, allowing the city and county to grow and progress and expand on its cultural and artistic vision and transform it into Ireland’s most thriving and attractive cultural hub.

Join Galway 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa next Tuesday 7th of June and learn how your business can back the Galway 2020 bid and the future benefits. If your business is interested in a more corporate, strategic and tailored sponsorship package please download the Galway 2020 BE2020 Brochure by visiting or contact Mark at 091 894394/087 7970646.

Give your opinion, bring forward your ideas and let’s work together to make Galway 2020, the European Capital of Culture. Log onto or Join the conversation online using the hashtag #Galway2020, #IBackGalway and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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