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Awards help Galway businesses optimise digital potential

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The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund will support a further 20 small firms to improve their e-commerce capabilities in 2014. 

The announcement was made at a ceremony addressed by the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, who presented graduation certificates to this year’s winners.

Among the winning companies was Galway based SMEs Seavite Bodycare Ltd, a family run business which develops and sells organic sea-weed based skincare products, and Anchor Safety, a provider of personal protective equipment such as road safety products, water safety products and work gear.   

Now established and entering its fourth year, IEDR’S OPTIMISE Fund has already provided 45 small and micro-business owners with tangible e-tools and features, consultation, training and e-commerce development support services to “optimise” their existing online presence and grow their business via the Internet.

Having worked closely with a range of small businesses to help address their individual needs using bespoke ecommerce solutions, IEDR today also reported a series of “Top 5s”; an overview of five key motivating factors and common constraints expressed by participating small businesses embarking on their OPTIMISE journey, the five areas where help was needed most and some notable results achieved by the Fund participants during the past three years.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, T.D., said: “I would like to congratulate the winners of the OPTIMISE Fund today which will help them to develop their online presence, increasing potential markets and improving competitiveness. One of the key aims of the National Digital Strategy which I published in July of this year was to get 2,000 small Irish businesses trading online over a period of two years. The OPTIMISE Fund, along with other similar schemes, will assist these companies in developing the capacity and skills which are crucial to compete in the global economy and is a fine example from IEDR of the practical support for small business developing their online presence.”

IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund helps provide small business owners with tangible improvements to their online presence such as the incorporation of real-time payments, online catalogues, order processing and booking facilities. The Fund will open in early 2014 to applications from all organisations classified as an SME or micro-enterprise and applicants must have an existing .ie website that is hosted online and accessible to the public.

OPTIMISE winners who received certificates of completion include family run businesses, emerging and established companies from the food, travel and tourism, media and publishing, retail and technology sectors.

 

 

 

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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