Galway City companies Westway Health and Element Software were named as Best Early Stage company and New Start company respectively at InterTradeIreland’s 11th annual all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition.
The winners were announced at the grand final of the competition at Clontarf Castle in Dublin last Thursday. Westway Health as Best Early Stage company takes away a cash prize of €100,000 and Element Software wins €50,000 as the Best New Start company.
Seedcorn is the island’s largest business competition for new start and early stage companies in any sector, from any part of the island. The competition, aimed at companies who have a new equity funding requirement, has an overall total cash prize fund of €280,000.
To date, InterTradeIreland has supported over 1,950 enterprising companies through the Seedcorn process with previous finalists going on to secure more than €174 million worth of equity.
Speaking at the final, Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO, InterTradeIreland said: “Both Westway Health and Element Software have overcome extremely tough competition throughout the Seedcorn process and their success highlights that they are the bright stars for the future. The team at InterTradeIreland and I sincerely congratulate them both and we look forward to working with them and watching them grow.”
Westway Health, based at the Business Innovation Centre, NUI, Galway, has developed a technology designed to tackle major problems in human and animal medicine and to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, like MRSA. It has specifically focused on the treatment and prevention of bovine mastitis, (infection of the udder), which is a major health and economic issue costing the dairy industry in the EU and US over €3 billion a year
Conventional antibiotics are currently used to treat mastitis. However this solution has poor treatment outcomes, leading to culling of cows and lost milk revenues, as milk from cows treated with antibiotics must be withdrawn from sale for a period of time during and after treatment.
Westway Health’s product, PanaMast, is the first non-antibiotic solution meaning farmers can continue to sell milk during and following treatment. As up to 80% of dairy cows exhibit some signs of infections at some stage each year, this will have a major impact on the bottom line of farmers and milk producers.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Shopping local, supporting local business is more important now than ever before
When we shop locally, we are not just supporting a local business; we are looking after our own communities. And we need to look after each other, and protect our communities, now more than ever.
We urge all our readers to support your community, support your town and support each other.
The Connacht Tribune is supporting local businesses which remain open and continue to trade despite the introduction of Level 5 restrictions.
Each day, on our website and social channels, the Connacht Tribune will publish a list of local businesses who are open for business and providing a service to their customers during lockdown.
While only essential retailers are allowed to operate as normal during Level 5, all retailers are allowed to operate a “click and collect” service under the regulations.
If you want to appear on the list please contact our Advertising Department at 091 536222
Here are today’s list of businesses:
Cló Iar-Chonnacht is a publishers and Irish-language book shop based in An Spidéal and online at www.cic.ie.
The company, which is celebrating 35 years in business this year, stocks a wide range of books in Irish for young and old as well as a selection of traditional music CDs.
Their annual sale is running from 1 – 23 December and they are offering a click and collect service as well as postal delivery for online and phone orders.
Orders can be placed online at www.cic.ie 24/7 and there is also a phone ordering service from Monday to Friday at 091 593307.
We are OPEN
Contact: 091 791273
Opening hours are:
7:30a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Saturdays
CLIFDEN BIKE SHOP
We sell on line and you can click and collect.
Contact number is 09522630
Vouchers – yes yes – we sell vouchers.
Our email address is clifdenbikeshop.ie
Sarsfield Rd, Townparks, Ballinasloe.
Chadwicks Group operates nationwide and are the #1 Builders Merchants and Home Improvement Specialist in Ireland.
From building & plumbing materials to DIY supplies & equipment hire. We’re here to help with all your home or building projects. Let’s Get It Done.
Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 8am – 5pm
Thursday 8am – 5pm
Friday 8am – 4pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Phone – 09096 42212
Your Local Co-op in Athenry
Number: 0818 222 272
OH! BY GUM
We are doing click and collect or you can order online on www.ohhbygum.ie or phone 0858000377 Clifden, Co Galway.
Vouchers available both digital for website and for use instore.
We believe fashion should be good for the planet and good for the people who make it too. It’s why we source everything we sell from makers and suppliers who share our vision.
It’s why all the items in our range are ethically produced and include organic, vegan, sustainable and recycled options.
It’s why we try and ensure that the people who make our products are fairly paid for what they do. We also believe that being conscious of what you buy, shouldn’t mean sacrificing value, quality or style.
Which is why you’ll not only look good wearing our clothes. You’ll feel good too.
ALL THINGS CONNEMARA
Market Street Clifden
Telephone 095 22360
Vouchers available, we are also doing click or call and collect.
Pure Natural focuses on sourcing premium and local products and bringing them to your doorstep.
We have a unique range of natural and organic beverages, Irish cosmetics and handcrafts that are all available for home delivery.
Our Christmas Gift Boxes contain the finest of beverages and all our food products are sourced in the west of Ireland.
Please order online www.purenatural.ie or contact Padraic Conroy on 086-2382616.
We deliver for FREE in Galway city or alternatively anywhere else in Ireland for €7.35.
Corrib Oil, 9 Abbey Trinity, Tuam 093 26772
Corrib Oil, 37-79 Brackernagh, Ballinasloe 090 9646054
Corrib Oil, 2 The Hill, Dublin Rd, Loughrea 091 841003
Corrib Oil, Crowe Street, Gort 091 631818
Tuam Road, Galway City 091 751311
CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY
Open for essential workers
Click and Collect Menu available.
Gift vouchers available
EYRE SQUARE DENTAL CLINIC
As an essential service We are open during level 5 restrictions.
We are located at the bottom of Eyre Square, opposite the AIB Bank on the corner.
Phone – 091 562932
DUANES HARDWARE AND FOODSTORE
Kiltulla, Athenry, Galway.
Duanes Hardware is located in the Heart of Kiltullagh village.
We are a family run local business operating since 1940’s.
- Building supplies • Agri & Fertiliser • DIY Supplies • Delivery service
- Filling Station • Deli (hot & Cold), 9 grams Coffee station • National Lottery • Postpoint Services
Tel: +353 91 848019 Fax: +353 91 848984
16 Eyre Square, Galway
Berwick Solicitors, Galway is a full-service firm with offices in Galway, Dublin and Clare.
Phone – 091 – 567545
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
SALMONS DEPARTMENT STORE
Main Street, Ballinasloe
Our new online store is now Live
Courier delivery and same day click and collect available
Phone- 09096 42120
Tuam Road, Galway 091 752561
Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway
18 Shop St, Galway.
Anthony Ryans Homestore Ltd.
7 Lombard Street. Galway.
Phone : 091 539627
Shop for Homewares, Bedlinen, Luggage and Curtains online at:
South Galway Office 0761 07 2570
National Helpline 076 107 2000
Tuam Road Retail Centre, Tuam Rd, Galway, H91 NX64
Main dealers for Massey Ferguson
Whelan’s also deal with a range of manufacturers including Fendt, Honda, Husqvarna, Draper and more.
Long established business with 3 locations in Clare and South Galway. Employs over 40 staff
Loughrea Depot – 091 880050 Contact Padraig 087 6755189
Kilrush Depot – 065 9051147
Ennis Depot – 065 6822272
Newcastle Road Foodhall, Galway
We’re open for instore shopping and collection orders 24/7 and offer a delivery service from 9am – Late (2am weekdays and 4am at weekends).
Our phone number is 091-585708 and our website is www.londisonline.ie.
We also have an app that’s available on Google Play and the App Store.
Farrell Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents LTD
Courtney House, George’ s St, Gort.
091 – 632688
086 – 2455925
Our doors maybe closed but we are still working please feel free to contact us anytime. In the current lockdown 5 guidelines we can carry out viewings and valuations.
Kinvarra, Moy Road, Co. Galway, H91 XD52
091 637317 / 091 638126 / 091 561677
Supplying your Home Heating Needs for the past 25 years
– Serving Galway City & County and North Clare
– Super 6 Day Delivery
– Same Day Delivery for “Out of Oil” Customers
– Competitive Prices – Guaranteed
– Prompt Delivery Services
– Gift Vouchers Available
– Authorised EMO Distributor
Corrandulla, Co Galway
Parklawn Tree Services Ltd
Church Park, Tremane, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42Y767
Professional tree surgery & Arboricultural Consultancy
Parklawn Tree Services is a professional tree surgery and arboricultural consulting company providing a wide range of services to customers and clients across Ireland. Since 1998, we have steadily expanded our business to cover a wide range of land based services; from small urban garden trees to the large rural forests.
We provide sensitive domestic tree care to large-scale commercial tree surgery contracts.
Office: 086 6077307
Enda Stephens: 086 8125165
John Nolan: 086 6077302
Garrett Murphy: 087 9059892
Lorraine Brennan: 087 9836302
Delight Café, Renmore Avenue, Galway
Delight Health Café in Galway is striving to promote good food and drinks. This is done using the most fresh and top quality ingredients, and as many local suppliers as possible! Come check us out… Fabulous-food-fast!
Tel: 091 761466
The Twelve Hotel,
Barna Village, Galway
Telephone: 091 597012
Drive Through – Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 8pm and Friday/Sat 9pm
Oranmore Lodge Hotel
We have a wide range of gift vouchers available for the festive season.
They are an ideal gift for a loved one, ranging from dining, hotel stays and leisure club vouchers.
All vouchers available to purchase online
www.oranmorelodge.ie or call us on 091 794400
Meadow Court Hotel
Looking for that ideal gift for your loved one this Christmas ?
Why not purchase a meadow court hotel gift voucher
By website- www.meadowcourthotel.com
Email – email@example.com
Phone- 091- 851051
The team at Topline Flynns and Flynns of Lackagh Ltd. is very proud to be serving the community in Lackagh, Co. Galway and its environs for the past 170 years. Our dedicated group of well trained, professional and long serving staff are always on hand, striving to ensure customer service, quality and value are at the forefront.
Telephone: 091 797116
2020 has really highlighted the importance of looking after our physical and mental health, and what better way to treat your loved ones or reward your employees this Christmas than with the gift of an exhilarating adventure at Wildlands. Vouchers available to suit all budgets from €20 stocking fillers to corporate bundles.
Looking for fast, reliable Broadband Internet in Galway? Lightnet is a leading provider of broadband and landline service to homes and businesses. We can offer you options to best suit your individual needs.
Telephone 091 395804
McD’s Garden Centre Galway
Galway Irish Crystal Centre Merlin Park, Old Dublin Rd, Galway, H91 NN56
McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea
The Green, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 Y668
Christmas trees at McD’s! Nothing says Christmas like having your living room decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree. Here at McD’s we look to offer the best range of artificial Christmas trees in Ireland at the best possible value. We deliver across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Connemara Gifts at Peacockes Hotel Maam Cross
Free Local Collection
Gift Wrapping Available
A family run gift shop based in the heart of Connemara, selling a wide range of carefully selected Irish giftware
Phone 091 552 306
Lydons Carpets and Flooring
Moycullen, Co. Galway.
Open for all essential trade
Phone -091 555962
Tom Dempsey Flooring
Our measurement services continues for new builds, extensions and unoccupied homes and businesses
Click and collect in operation
Contactless delivery remains fully operational
Phone- 091 795777
VAT move will decimate tourism sector in the west
The Government’s proposed tax changes – which give VAT breaks to tourists spending here – will ‘decimate tourism and retail’ in Galway, according to one of the country’s leading economists.
Jim Power was speaking as he published the findings of an economic report which urges the Government to urgently rethink its proposals.
The current Retail Export Scheme allows non-EU tourists to claim VAT refunds on quality Irish craft and gift items purchased in Ireland.
However, the Government’s Brexit Omnibus Bill 2020, currently moving through the Oireachtas, will exclude all purchases under €175 from the scheme.
This, according to Mr Power, means that a tourist in Galway will have to spend at least €175 on a single purchase to avail of a VAT refund.
As almost 85% of refunds under the current scheme are purchases less than €175, the Government is scrapping the scheme for retailers who do not sell high value goods.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Specsavers stays open with safety front of mind
SPECSAVERS remains open for all eye care and hearing needs, in line with the latest government guidance.
The government has recognised opticians and audiologists as providing essential healthcare services and this means that Specsavers will continue to keep their doors open to the public and offer a full breadth of services to the local community.
Specsavers is encouraging all its customers to keep their appointments to ensure that they protect their eye and hearing health after research by the retailer showed that a third of people in Ireland noticed a deterioration in their eyesight and others in their hearing during the first lockdown .
The full breadth of services it will continue to offer include:
• Comprehensive eye examinations
• Hearing tests and hearing consultations
• Contact lens consultations
• Frame repairs and the provision of new glasses
• Hearing aid repairs and the provision of new devices
• Purchase of vision care products, such as an anti-fog lens solution for glasses wearers through to dry eye drops.
Specsavers will also continue to offer its remote services for people who are self-isolating, vulnerable or unable to leave their home. These include:
• RemoteCare – a free nationwide consultation service offering advice and care via video and telephone link
• Online shopping – glasses and contact lenses can be bought online with a current prescription
Specsavers Galway store partner Noel Meehan says: ‘We understand that people may have been concerned when we moved to Level 5, but we want to reassure them that it is safe to book an appointment or come in as scheduled.
‘As providers of an essential health service, we have played a key role in looking after people’s eye and hearing health throughout the pandemic and are delighted that we can continue to do so, while also playing our part in relieving some of the strain on our partners in the health service.’
Specsavers has put in place various safety measures, including restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one-time, social distancing, and bank card instead of cash payments, where possible.
Mr Meehan adds: ‘We remain vigilant with our safety measures to guarantee the ongoing welfare of our customers and our colleagues. We have adapted our ways of working so we can remain open to serve the public’s health needs and every store is adhering to strict government guidelines to ensure customer and colleague safety remains paramount.’
In line with HSE recommendations, Specsavers colleagues use personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the stores, wear face masks and other PPE during tests, and all testing equipment and frames are thoroughly sanitised before and after each use. Customers are also asked to request an appointment in advance by phone or online through the Specsavers website to help manage social distancing and minimise time spent in store.
In addition to being experts in eye and hearing care, Specsavers’ customer service was recently recognised by the CXi Ireland Customer Experience report where they placed third in the country, making them Ireland’s best optical and audiology provider for customer service.
To find out more information, request an appointment or browse the online store, visit www.specsavers.ie