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Galway’s top honour at event industry awards

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The Galway-based BEM Ireland team with their award for Best Event Team which they won at the Irish Event Industry Awards (from left): Project Managers Alan Behan and Laura Hester and Directors Averil Burke and Eamon Howley.

A Galway company specialising in inbound corporate travel won one of the top gongs at the prestigious annual Irish Event Industry Awards in Dublin last week.

BEM Ireland beat off stiff competition from Alltech, The Aviva Stadium, RCSI and The Croke Park Conference Centre, to scoop the award for The Best Event Team.

They were acknowledged for being “a small team managing complex events with warmth and imagination”.

The shortlisting process is a rigorous and thorough process which has resulted in only entries of the very highest standard being put forward for judging by a distinguished panel of Judges from across Ireland’s event industry along with a highly respected International panel.

Made up of Directors Eamon Howley and Averil Burke and Project Managers Laura Hester and Alan Behan, BEM Ireland had been shortlisted for two categories, Best Event Management Company and Best Event Team demonstrating depth, diversity, delivering value for money, originality and faultless execution whilst also demonstrating extraordinary teamwork and going the extra mile to wow their guests.

Founded in 1995, BEM Ireland have established themselves as a leading Destination and Event Management Company specialising in inbound corporate travel in the MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events) covering all of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland for many International clients including Harley Davidson, Condé Nast, Diageo, Ingersoll Rand/Thermo King, Johnson & Johnson, and Yamaha Marine.

Eamon Howley, Director at BEM Ireland said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Our small but passionate team continually strive to provide our clients with the most authentic yet professional incentives and events showcasing Irelands rich culture, hospitality and tradition.

“A lot of businesses and individuals are working hard to ensure Ireland remains as a leading destination for world class conferences, incentives and events. We have to commend the many people we work with right across the industry that continue to give Ireland its good name internationally. This industry is continually growing and we are very proud to be a part of it.”

Now in its sixth year, the Event Industry Awards once again recognises excellence and aim to celebrate and showcase the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry.

 

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Galway start-up’s €3m investment

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Investment...Orreco CEO Dr. Brian Moore.

Galway-headquartered sports performance and data science company Orreco will scale its operations in Ireland, the United States and UK following a €3 million investment round led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm True Ventures.

The new investment will enable the Galway company to expand its product, engineering, data science and commercial teams, in addition to accelerating the development of its elite performance solutions, @thlete and FitrWoman.

Up to 30 new hires will be made across the company’s offices in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S., specifically Galway and Los Angeles where Orreco operates a performance centre. The company currently employs 30 people.

Its performance centres provide sports science and data solutions for professional sports teams and athletes including the US basketball NBA sides the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, NBA Champion and All-Star Pascal Siakam, English Premier League side Newcastle United and WSL club Chelsea FC Women, USA Swimming, and the Wasserman Sports Agency (Los Angeles).

Top golfers Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell became investors after experiencing the benefits of Orreco’s services first-hand.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State aiming to make remote work a reality

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton

Galway is expected to benefit from ‘significant investment’ in the development of remote working hubs later this year – as part of the Government’s new National Remote Working Strategy.

Legislation will be introduced by the end of September entitling employees to request remote working arrangements. And while there will be no automatic entitlement, employers will be required to explain why such arrangements are impossible.

If an employee is unhappy with the explanation, they can take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission for adjudication on the matter.

A total of €5 million has been allocated under Budget 2021 for the development of a national hubs network, while the Western Development Commission (WDC) is currently working on the development of 100 hubs in the Atlantic Economic Corridor region, which includes Galway.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton said that the strategy had the potential to transform local economies and the quality of life of thousands of employees in the west.

“The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated exponentially the move towards remote working, and we have responded to that trend by investing in broadband infrastructure and hubs in recent months,” explained the Galway West TD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three of Galway’s shining success stories reveal plans to expand in 2021

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Senator Aisling Dolan....good news.

Three of Galway’s start-up success stories have all gone into the New Year with expansion plans – creating around ten high-end jobs each in the process.

The continued expansion of these Enterprise Ireland-supported companies – based in the med-tech and new technology sectors – are a ringing endorsement of enterprise in the west, according to Galway Senator Aisling Dolan.

Palliare, a medical device company founded in 2018 as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, has hired ten new employees in recent months.

Flexwork company, Ronspot intends to have a total of ten new employees on board by spring 2021, and has hired five people since September.

Ronspot – based in the GMIT Innovation Hub – is a technology company which enables the flexible workplace between office and home.

And Venari Medical – a spin-out from the BioInnovate Ireland fellowship programme for medical device innovation at NUIG – filled three new positions in October, with plans to recruit up to ten new employees in the coming months.

Senator Dolan described the jobs as a vote of confidence in graduates in the west.

“It shows that the dynamic MedTech research in the west has a strong ecosystem with third level underpinned by Enterprise Ireland and the seed capital investment support from the Western Development Commission,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see Irish innovation rising to the top, competing internationally and winning global export markets. Enterprise Ireland champions Irish based innovative companies and crucially supports early-stage development,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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