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Galway company Clubforce helping to bail sporting clubs out of financial trouble

Stephen Glennon

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Clubforce Chief Marketing Officer Paul Madden pictured with Connacht senior player Nicole Fowley, who is also a member of the Clubforce team, and Gort RFC starlet Charlotte Rose Duffy at the launch of Clubforce's sponsorship of Connacht Women's emerging talent programme.

SPORTS clubs across the country, and beyond, are turning to a Galway company to save them from financial ruin during the current Covid-19 global pandemic.

Founded in Carna and now based on Merchants Road in the city, Clubforce, formerly known as locallotto.ie and myclubfinances.ie, has had “a flood” of sporting bodies making contact with them to avail of their services which, among other things, facilitates lotto payments online from members and supporters to clubs.

According to Galway City native and Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Madden, the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings and movement is already changing the way the clubs and members do business.

“The Collison brothers in Limerick, who founded the online payments company Stripe, said recently that years of people migrating to online (for business etc.) has now been achieved and compressed into weeks. And I think we are starting to see that in sport as well,” says Madden.

“If you think of our typical volunteer in your GAA club, who goes around selling lotto tickets, where does he go? He goes into the pubs. These guys may be at it for twenty-five years and they are probably at retirement age now. So, if you look to the future, when the lockdown is lifted, will people be as inclined to go into a pub selling tickets if there is still a health threat?

“Their families might be inclined to say, ‘you don’t want to be doing that anymore’, even though they are club stalwarts who have been doing it for many years. Yet, they might not want to expose themselves or their families to any kind of threat.”

As it is, Madden says there has been a significant uptake in clubs moving their lotto online in the last week. “The first thing we noticed in week one (in March) was almost a complete hibernation as clubs adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach. So, they paused their online lotto.

“Gradually, though, there was a realisation that this thing (Covid-19) isn’t going away any time soon but clubs still have bills to play, pitches to be mowed and clubhouses to be painted etc. They realised they still need the income. So, in the last two weeks, there has been a flood of clubs coming to us to move their lotto online.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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SMEs set their sights on Euro expansion

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Kevin Moran of IMS Marketing accepting the ‘Excellence in Practice Silver Award’ from the European Foundation for Management Development, with Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and Nan Gou, Programme Director, ESMT Berlin.

Irish entrepreneurs have the skills, products and services to break down barriers across Europe, according to one Galway-based marketing agency that is helping SMEs enter new markets.

Kevin Moran, Managing Director of IMS Marketing in Galway, said that this creativity and enthusiasm allows Irish entrepreneurs to punch above their weight in new markets.

He was speaking after his IMS Marketing was honoured for its ‘Enter-the-Eurozone’ Programme which has helped 19 SMEs break into Europe.

And he urged all SMEs to continue to set their ambitions on export markets as we emerge from the Covid-19 restrictions and revisit the challenges of Brexit.

Mr Moran said that IMS Marketing, along with its partners, Enterprise Ireland and ESMT Berlin, was delighted to receive the Excellence in Practice Silver Award’ from the European Foundation for Management Development.

“The vision for the ‘Enter the Eurozone’ Programme was to enable progressive Irish SMEs  to enter a new Eurozone market in a strategically led way,” he said.

“Export markets will be more important than ever for Irish companies and jobs as they now face the twin threat of Brexit and a post Covid19 economic recession.”

Accepting the Award’ from the EFMD, Mr Moran said that his company witnessed the strength of the Irish SME sector during the delivery of the award-winning ‘Enter the Eurozone’ programme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Businesses miss out on restart grant

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Mr. Kenneth Deery. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure
CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery

Just one-third of Galway business eligible for the Government’s Restart Grant have actually applied for the scheme which aims to bolster small enterprise as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

It was revealed this week that businesses in Galway City and County have received almost €4.5 million in grant aid under the scheme which offers grants of between €2,000 and €10,000 to commercial rates-liable enterprises.

To qualify for the €250 million scheme, businesses must have an annual turnover of less than €5 million; have 50 or fewer employee; and have a projected loss of revenue of 25% or more.

CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery said there were many Galway businesses that had yet to apply for the grants, despite the fact that they were entitled to do so.

Only around 1,100 of the about 3,000 businesses in the city and county that may be due a pay-out have applied, and confusion over eligibility was contributing to that issue, he explained.

“Some businesses are of the view that they’re not eligible, but they need to realise that even if they only paid €500 or €1,000 in rates in 2019, they could still be eligible for €2,000,” he said.

Those who were in rates arrears were also entitled to the grant, said Mr Deery, adding that as long as a business had a rates liability in 2019, they could apply for the grant.

“The payment have just started being paid out to those who applied about two months ago, so it has been slow in terms of progressing those applications.

“What I would be saying to small businesses is that they would need to sell a lot of cups of coffee or a lot of sandwiches to make €2,000 or €5,000 in profit,” said Mr Deery.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway embraces Mass changes

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Parish Priest Fr Hugh Clifford wearing a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara, on Saturday evening. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Parishioners in Kinvara made a long-awaited return to weekend services on Saturday at St Joseph’s Church, and while it was far from business as usual, mass-goers expressed delight at their return to the church.

Parish Priest Fr Hugh Clifford said while there were necessary changes to what people would be accustomed to, the congregation was understanding of why that was necessary and thankful that the implementation of these measures meant they could return to services after a four-month absence.

As part of Phase 3 of the easing of restrictions, services of up to 50 people were allowed, and to respect physical distancing, that meant two seats in every three were blocked off, said Fr Hugh.

“Households can sit together, but at the moment, we have the limit of 50 people, but we hope that will change in the next phase. We have to advise people who are more vulnerable that they should consider staying at home for the time being,” he explained.

The obligation to attend Mass has been lifted since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, continued Fr Hugh, meaning that people need not worry if they are unable to attend.

For the Eucharist, the Priest and Eucharistic Ministers wear face coverings and use hand sanitiser to ensure there is no cross-contamination, with Communion administered to people in their seats, said Fr Hugh.

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