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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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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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