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Galway duo make shortlist for Social Entrepreneur Ireland Award

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Psychologists Lorraine Lynch and Arlene Naughten, authors of #100happydays4kids.

Business partners, authors and psychologists, Lorraine Lynch and Arlene Naughten, who received an innovation award from SCCUL Enterprises in the Ballybane Enterprise Centre earlier this year, have now been nominated for a national award for their innovative child-centred programme.

Arlene from Ballinasloe and Lorraine from Portumna have made it through to the final of the Social Entrepreneur Ireland 2015, which will be held in Dublin next month.

Arlene and Lorraine have shown dedication and passion over the past year since the opening of Arlene’s business, Sugru Child Development and Contextual Play Therapy Services in Athlone.

Sugru, which specialises in promoting well-being for children and families, has now expanded its services from Athlone to Athenry’s Primary Care Centre, where services include contextual therapeutic play, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and family interventions, as well as individualised therapy for children with neuro-developmental disorders, such as Dyspraxia and ASD.

The women also deliver professional, education and health workshops to organisations and schools around the county, including mindfulness and positive mental health programmes.

Earlier this year, Lorraine and Arlene launched their book #100happydays4kids in Charlie Byrnes Bookstore in Galway City. It has received acclaim from professionals, children’s organisations and parents alike and earned them the SCCUL innovation award. #100happydays4kids is a parenting book, which guides readers through 100 effective steps to increasing familial well-being and attachment. Readers can register their details on the secure online site and share photos, or blog about their experiences alongside a community of parents from all around the world.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have chosen Lorraine and Arlene’s approach to positive parenting from over 180 applicants from across Ireland after they participated in a business boot-camp in Dublin. Judges at the event included Gavin Duffy from Dragon’s Den and RTÉ newsreader Bryan Dobson.

It is part of the Elevator Programme, a national competition which identifies Ireland’s most innovative business start-up endeavours and awards €20,000 to the top candidates. The award ceremony will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House in early July.

For more information on Sugru services, visit www.sugru.ie or call 090-64-99144.

They are also running psychologist-led Well-Being Retreat Summer Camps and Dyspraxia Summer Camps in Athenry and Athlone.

For more information on these, email lorraine@sugru.ie

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Rural broadband boost

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Remote workers in Galway can connect to high-quality broadband for the first time – following the launch of a new service with average minimum speeds of 20mbps virtually anywhere in the country.

With a simple plug and play installation, and no waiting time on deliveries, customers can be up and running 24 hours after their initial enquiry.

Broadband Anywhere from Magnet Networks is a new mobile technology product which will enable businesses and people working remotely and struggling with basic or no broadband connection to significantly upgrade their connectivity.

Operating on a separate IoT platform, using 4G LTE technology, Broadband Anywhere is not subject to contention and bridges the distance between the fibre exchange and the consumer – commonly known as the last mile.

Testing carried out at a number of locations in Galway resulted in guaranteed minimum speeds of 20mbps download and 20mbps upload while most were averaging between 40mbps – 60mbps.

The tests were conducted in Ardrahan, Bullaun, Bunowen, Clifden, Clonberne, Galway city and Tuam.

John Rattigan is MD of Lafferty Project Managers, based between Tuam and Dunmore – and he says that Broadband Anywhere is delivering speeds of 35 mbps, changing the experience of working remotely.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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At the Edge makes move onto the web

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Special guest....billionaire entrepreneur Iza Login

An international conference on today’s business leadership challenges originally planned to take place in Galway this October was relaunched online with a new focus this week.

Organisers of Leading at the Edge have re-engineered the event to focus on the barriers facing businesses in dealing with the fall-out from COVID-19.

The conference will bring together online, 300 leaders from organisations large and small in every sector from across Ireland to hear from international experts and local success stories on  what’s required to lead in this new environment: rapidly recovering revenue, rethinking the business model and accelerating digital.

“We believe that this conference will provide inspiration, how-to and direction to business leaders in this hugely challenging time,” says Galway resident Kevin Kelly, one of the organisers of Leading at thew Edge.

The event will bring a mix of interviews, presentations and round-table discussions on the themes of Recovering Revenue; Rebuilding Operations; Rethinking the Organisation; and Accelerating Digital.leadingatht

Billionaire entrepreneur and creator of Talking Tom, Iza Login, will talk about how she built a billion-dollar business from nothing, starting in the last recession and what learnings are still relevant today.

US TV personality and author Kelly Swanson will demonstrate how strategic storytelling engages your staff and your customers/clients with your organisation’s purpose.

They’ll be joined by Kevin Kelly, Patrick McKeown and Paul O’Kelly as well as contributors from organisations in Ireland which have compelling leadership stories to share.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 7. Early bird tickets are on sale on Eventbrite until the end of July; for further details see www.leadingattheedge.ie

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Hotels peak at quarter full

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John Ryan...hotels need Government support.

Galway hotels will be just one-quarter full for these peak holiday months of July and August – down from an average of 90 per cent occupancy this time last year.

That’s according to the latest industry survey conducted by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) shows national occupancy levels of 23% and 26% for the peak summer months.

The figures based on responses from 217 hoteliers across the country and was conducted during the last week in June.

Occupancy for September – traditionally a popular time for US visitors – currently stands at just 22 per cent.

IHF Galway branch chairman, John Ryan of the Ardilaun Hotel, said that the figures show plenty of availability in hotels and guesthouses in every county including Galway.

However, he added that the substantial drop in occupancy levels highlighted the unprecedented challenges facing the sector and the requirement for immediate interventions to support tourism businesses in Galway and across the country.

“When we look across the water to the UK, we see the decisive action taken this week by the UK Government in their Plan for Jobs,” he said.

“The slashing of their VAT rate from 20% to 5% is a clear sign of their commitment to support the recovery of their tourism and hospitality industry. Given how closely our economies are intertwined a similar cut here is necessary.

“The UK is not only Ireland’s biggest market for overseas tourists, it is also our biggest competitor,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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