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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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Galway café stars in ad series

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Graham O'Riordan and Jennifer Power outside their café.

The owners of a thriving Galway city café will feature in a new EU-funded advertising campaign – designed to reinforce consumer confidence in dairy products.

Jennifer Power and Graham O’Riordan, owners of the Little Lane Coffee Company, are one of seven foodservice outlets from across the country to feature in the new advertising campaign for the National Dairy Council.

The EU-funded campaign is supporting the foodservice industries impacted in Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Northern Ireland during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Bord Bia estimated that the food industry in Ireland contracted by almost half during the pandemic crisis where restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace, hospitals and educational canteens were all forced to close.

The campaign will be a mix of outdoor, print and online media and is designed to reinforce the impact and to restore the consumer confidence in dairy products.

Interestingly recent research undertaken by NDC showed a 48% increase in dairy consumption during the pandemic.

Nearly one third of young adults without children indicate that their consumption of dairy products has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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