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AIB sponsors pioneering PorterShed to enable start-ups to thrive

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Conor O'Dowd, Mic Fitzgerald, Maurice O'Gorman,Cllr Frank Fahy, Bernard Byrne CEO AIB,Frank Greene President Galway Chamber, Vinny Coghlan, Mark Fitzharris, Anne Bannon, John Breslin, Dave Cunningham & Paul Killoran at the launch of AIBs pertnership with Galway City Innovation District on Friday. Photo; Joe Travers

AIB has announced a five year partnership with Galway City Innovation District (GCID), a new initiative supporting start-ups and business innovation in Galway City and the West of Ireland.

The initiative brings together Galway Chamber of Commerce, Galway City Council, NUIG and GMIT to form the GCID.

Initially AIB is sponsoring the PorterShed, the first building to be opened as part of the GCID initiative, which is located close to Eyre Square.

The PorterShed will house an accelerator program, high potential start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as providing co-working space and an open area for workshops and seminars. It is expected to open early next year.

Additional buildings are due to open over time and it is envisaged that this innovation district could eventually support up to 20,000 workers.

The innovation district is expected to be similar to Dublin’s so called ‘Silicon Docks’ area where companies such as Google and Facebook are based.

The PorterShed was once used as a Guinness storehouse and is located on CIE land at the back of Ceannt Station. It will have capacity for 85 workers and it is also hoped it will encourage more multinationals to establish a base in Galway.

Announcing this key partnership for AIB at the Venture West Conference, AIB CEO Bernard Byrne, said: “Developing an innovative district in the heart of Galway can serve as catalyst for high growth companies and is a model that worked in other cities such as Boston. This will help address the economic imbalance between the West of Ireland and the East coast.

“The Galway City Innovation District is the first part of an ambitious plan to support the growth and development of innovative companies across the West of Ireland. AIB is delighted to be involved in the development of this new innovation district for Galway and the West of Ireland.”

According to the President of Galway Chamber, Frank Greene, the Galway City Innovation District will be a driver of new enterprise and commercial activity in Galway City and ultimately in the county and region.

“This cluster of entrepreneurs, start-ups, accelerators and incubators will nurture collaboration and knowledge sharing. Galway Chamber, with our partners, is proud to be an initiator of the GCID which, by creating jobs, will also increase the need for services and in turn, further increase employment,” he said.

Maurice O’Gorman, council member of Galway Chamber, is also a board member of the Galway City Innovation District.

“Commencement of work on the PorterShed is a significant milestone in the implementation of our vision for a downtown city innovation hub, which will attract young technology companies with strong growth potential, including many of our existing superstars,” he said.

“We also want to provide a place where incoming tech companies and investors visiting Galway can have a visitor’s seat and can network with some of the best companies that the West has to offer,” added Dr John Breslin, senior lecturer at NUI Galway and also a board member of GCID.

 

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Woodie’s digs deep for heroes

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Staff at the country’s Woodie’s outlets – including Galway – have just launched their annual fundraiser which has raised a fantastic €2.5 million in last seven years for eleven children’s charities in Ireland.

And as they kick off their annual Woodie’s Heroes campaign, their hope is to have their biggest and best year of fundraising to date so that they can help four heroic Irish charities continue their incredible work.

The campaign – which kicked off last Sunday and runs all the way through to Saturday, August 13 – will support ISPCC Childline, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Each charity has been carefully selected using a colleague vote shared with all 1,600+ Woodie’s colleagues earlier this year.

Over the last seven years, Woodie’s Heroes has already raised €2.5 million for Irish children’s charities – and last year alone, Woodie’s Heroes surpassed its target and raised over €536,000 for children’s charities.

This summer, Woodie’s hope to continue to build on their fundraising efforts, thanks to the generosity of their customers and suppliers, and the support and enthusiasm of Team Woodie’s. Every cent raised goes directly to the four charities and will be divided evenly among them.

It is now easier than ever to donate to Woodie’s Heroes.

You can donate at the till in store by adding €1, €2 or €5 to your bill, or online at woodies.ie – and you can also text to donate €4 to one of the Woodie’s Heroes charities.

Simply text one of the below keywords to 50300 to donate €4.

ISPCC to 50300 to support ISPCC Childline;

AADI to 50300 to support Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland;

DSI to 50300 to support Down Syndrome Ireland;

MYWISH to 50300 to support Make a Wish Ireland.

Each text cost €4, and the charities will receive a minimum of €3.60.

 

 

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