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Galway software company scoops London awards

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Element Wave Commercial Manager William Morris (centre) accepting the award at EGR B2B held in the Tower of London last week. Also pictured are Sam Compagnoni, Group Commercial Manager at Pageant Gaming Media, and Simon Evans, Host.

Element Wave, a next-generation mobile engagement automation platform provider headquartered in Galway, was the recipient of two awards at the prestigious EGR B2B Awards in London last week.

Element Wave was a winner in two categories; Acquisition and Retention Partner of the Year and for the second consecutive year Mobile Services Provider.

Held in the Tower of London, the gala ceremony, organised by eGaming Review honours companies who excel in mobile in the gaming and betting industries. All awards are appointed by key industry figures and judged on criteria including innovation, delivery of results and business growth.

Chief Executive of Element Wave Dorothy Creaven says: “We are delighted to be honoured once again by the EGR B2B Awards with wins in two categories.

“It reflects the hard work that our team has put into the past 12 months. I am particularly proud that we have been recognised in the Mobile Services Provider for the second year in a row and I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of growth for the company.”

Element Wave is a multi-award winning software company specialise in creating next-generation mobile engagement technology and CRM managed services for the iGaming Industry.

Located in Dockgate, their client list includes GVC bwin.party Group, Betsson and Colossus Bets.

Founded in 2010 by Dorothy Creaven and James Harkin, it specialises in Mobile Marketing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). They actively solve the problem of player churn to increase mobile turnover for the eGaming industry’s leading brands and operators.

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Scheme for accountants to earn while they learn

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A former NUIG Arts student and part-time waitress is helping to fill a gap in the market for accountants in the West – thanks to a change of heart and a pioneering scheme that allowed her to get paid to learn her craft!

Donegal native Roisin McFadden (24) originally moved to Galway to study for an Arts degree – but she quickly found her interests swayed to accountancy.

So now Roisin is complementing her three-year job in book accounts with the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship scheme – a funded, work-based learning programme in which locally-placed apprentices will earn at least €19,000 a year. Roisin is working with Denis Brennan & Co. in Prospect Hill in Galway.

Apprentices work in the office four days a week and study in a local college one day a week during the two-year programme, which begins in September.

“I was at college full-time and waitressing part-time. I was exhausted, but the course just didn’t suit me,” she said.

“I didn’t want to waitress for the rest of my life, so I applied for a job with Denis Brennan & Co with zero experience, and luckily, they took me on.

“When the letter for the course at Galway Technical Institute came into the office, my bosses encouraged me to go for it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Advice for landlords and tenants after RPZ expansion

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The inclusion of two new Local Electoral Areas on Galway’s Rent Pressure Zones list brings to five the regions of the city and county now covered under a state scheme that caps rent increases for tenants to under four per cent a year.
The expanded RPZs – to include the Local Electoral Areas of Athenry-Oranmore and Gort-Kinvara – came into force at the beginning of July, the first time that areas in the county were included in the designation.
And now the Residential Tenancies Board is anxious that both landlords and tenants in Galway to know their rights.
The addition of two more areas brings to five the number of RPZs in the city and county – Galway City Central LEA, Galway City East LEA, Galway City West LEA, Athenry-Oranmore LEA and Gort-Kinvara LEA.
The inclusion of Athenry-Oranmore and Gort-Kinvara was made on foot of their standardised average rent of €975.21 and 975.20 per month respectively – and this places their rent above the average rent for the ‘Rest of the Country (Outside Greater Dublin Area)’ which is €841.49.

For full story see this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway business hits new heights with eBay

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Hazel Mitchell of eBay and Deirdre Ui Chathmhaoil, founder of Rí Na Mara.

A Galway cosmetics company is one of 50 businesses across the country who collectively reached a combined €1 million in online sales – just four months into a pioneering eBay programme.
Rí na Mara Irish Seaweed Cosmetics, based in Spiddal, is reaping the rewards of its involvement in this Retail Expansion Programme, an eBay initiative launched to support Irish SMEs.
The programme, which commenced in March, was developed by eBay to help local Irish businesses reach new audiences in Ireland and around the world. The initiative is a partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Design and Craft Council of Ireland.
More than 50 businesses in Ireland, including Galway’s Rí Na Mara, joined the pilot programme, with many reporting an uplift in overall sales of between five and twenty per cent.
The Connemara company, which creates organic skincare made from Irish seaweed, reported a five per cent increase in sales since joining the initiative, just four months ago.

For full story see this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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