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Galway’s young entrepreneurs share €50,000 fund

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Galway’s Best Young Entrepreneur Awards….Michael Fitzgerald, CEO OnePage CRM, with Dara Lynch of Twizt Hydration, Winner of Best New Idea; Cian Brassil of Cloud Dock, Best Start Up Business and Pat Divilly, Best Established Business and Overall Winner of Best Young Entrepreneur, Galway, joined by Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Galway. Photo Martina Regan.

Twizt Hydration; CloudDock and Pat Divilly Fitness have been announced as overall winners in the Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur competition for Galway with Pat Divilly Fitness named as Galway’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

The companies were presented with their Awards by the Mayor of the City of Galway, Councillor Donal Lyons at a reception in the Local Enterprise Office this week.

The Awards are part of the Local Enterprise Office overall aim to support and recognise young entrepreneurs as part of this national competition.

The prizes worth €50,000 for Galway can be used to create new businesses and help existing businesses strengthen their product offerings to the Irish and export markets. The entrepreneurs and their businesses were judged on areas including: business plans; marketing strategy; finance; the use of technology and innovation in the business and the entrepreneurial skills of the business owner.

Receiving the award for the Best New Idea category was Dara Lynch from Twizt Hydration. Twizt Hydration offers a comfortable hydration solution that can be used seamlessly during runs to aid hydration. This in-turn enhances performance and compliments the overall running experience.

The recipient of the Best Start-Up Business was Cian Brassil of CloudDock. CloudDock acts as a universal adaptor for cloud storage companies making them compatible with each other. CouldDock offers a platform for users to share folders and works across services seamlessly. So, for example, a Dropbox user can work with a Google Drive user, without ever needing to have a Google Drive account or vice versa.

The winner of the Best Established Business was Pat Divilly Fitness, which started as a small fitness class on Silverstrand beach in May 2012 and has quickly become one of Ireland’s most recognised health and wellness companies serving over 800 clients globally each month with his online presence. The business also operates a successful fitness studio in Barna.

“Twizt Hydration; CloudDock and Pat Divilly Fitness are great examples of young business people who are making a mark in Galway and their respective marketplaces. As young entrepreneurs under 30, we are proud of their remarkable achievements to date and confident that these individuals and their companies will continue to carve out and develop a niche for their products here in Ireland while slowly developing their markets in the UK, Europe and the US,” said Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise for the LEO.

Twizt Hydration; CloudDock and Pat Divilly Fitness will represent Galway city and county at the Regional Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Awards which will be held on October 29. The National Awards will take place in December.

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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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