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Leading employers awarded Certification by NSAI

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NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley.

Galway based companies Bon Secours Hospital, Coffey Water Ltd and Bord na Mona Feedstock Division were among 35 Irish companies who recently received certification to world class standards from the National Standards Authority of Ireland.

At the certification event in Santry, Barretstown , Iarnród Eireann and Glanbia were just some of those achieving the standards ‘badge’ in areas such as Medical Devices Quality Management, Environmental Management, Energy Management, Food Management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Excellence Through People – fast becoming one of the most popular of NSAI’s certification schemes.

“Standards are crucial in today’s fast-paced, competitive environment, where businesses are expected to continuously update and improve their products and services in line with market needs and customer demand,” said Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash.

“Standards give companies a competitive edge in national and international markets and can ensure Irish companies can be at the forefront of new opportunities as global markets return to stability. The commitment to standards made by businesses like these here this morning has the potential to contribute, not just to their own business and industry, but to the wider economy and the Government’s overall plan for job creation,” he added.

Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of NSAI, recognised the importance of investing in standards.

“These 35 companies – working  in a variety of professions across the transport, construction, energy, food and drink, IT, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, security, and charity sectors – have invested in standards because they can see the return on investment. It’s very positive to see a number of these companies receiving certification to a second or third standard,” he said.

“Certification to standards helps businesses to be innovative, allowing SMEs to compete with much larger companies, attract new customers, and access global markets both at home and abroad. In addition to this, standards in a business create greater staff satisfaction, pride in the organisation, and staff retention,” added Mr Buckley.

Other companies present at the event included Zehnacker Healthcare Ireland who were certified to the Quality Management standard (ISO 9001), and Medical Devices Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485).

This standard assists companies in the highly regulated medical devices sector to sell their products on the European market and demonstrates to customers, and to the regulators, a professional approach as well as quality and excellence.

 

 

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Woodie’s digs deep for heroes

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Staff at the country’s Woodie’s outlets – including Galway – have just launched their annual fundraiser which has raised a fantastic €2.5 million in last seven years for eleven children’s charities in Ireland.

And as they kick off their annual Woodie’s Heroes campaign, their hope is to have their biggest and best year of fundraising to date so that they can help four heroic Irish charities continue their incredible work.

The campaign – which kicked off last Sunday and runs all the way through to Saturday, August 13 – will support ISPCC Childline, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Each charity has been carefully selected using a colleague vote shared with all 1,600+ Woodie’s colleagues earlier this year.

Over the last seven years, Woodie’s Heroes has already raised €2.5 million for Irish children’s charities – and last year alone, Woodie’s Heroes surpassed its target and raised over €536,000 for children’s charities.

This summer, Woodie’s hope to continue to build on their fundraising efforts, thanks to the generosity of their customers and suppliers, and the support and enthusiasm of Team Woodie’s. Every cent raised goes directly to the four charities and will be divided evenly among them.

It is now easier than ever to donate to Woodie’s Heroes.

You can donate at the till in store by adding €1, €2 or €5 to your bill, or online at woodies.ie – and you can also text to donate €4 to one of the Woodie’s Heroes charities.

Simply text one of the below keywords to 50300 to donate €4.

ISPCC to 50300 to support ISPCC Childline;

AADI to 50300 to support Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland;

DSI to 50300 to support Down Syndrome Ireland;

MYWISH to 50300 to support Make a Wish Ireland.

Each text cost €4, and the charities will receive a minimum of €3.60.

 

 

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