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Local entrepreneurs head off on networking trip of a lifetime

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Mentors Padraig McBride (left) of Brandtone and Frank Madden (second right) of Crest Solutions with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Connacht finalists (from left) Sean Brett, Steeltech Garden Sheds, Galway; Denise Tormey, PlanNet21, Galway; Michael O’Dwyer, TyreCheck, Kinvara, and Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon, Roscommon, pictured at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where they joined over 100 former and present EOY finalists for the 2015 CEO Retreat to Berlin and Munich.

Four Connacht-based companies – three of them from Galway and all shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year – have touched down in Berlin for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year CEO Retreat.

The invitation-only CEO Retreat will see the group of entrepreneurs travel to Berlin and Munich on a week-long executive education programme focused on the future of industry.

Joined by over 110 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs, the Connacht EOY finalists attending the CEO Retreat include Sean Brett (Steeltech Sheds, Galway); Denise Tormey (PlanNet21, Galway); Michael O’Dwyer (TyreCheck, Kinvara) and Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon, Roscommon).

“Regardless of sector, technology is increasingly going to transform the way that all businesses operate and develop their strategies in the future. The speed of innovation is accelerating; and keeping apace with this rapid change is essential to survival in the fiercely competitive business landscape” commented Kevin McLoughlin, Partner Lead for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

“With this in mind, we have constructed a future-focused Retreat that will educate our group on the disruptive forces at play across all industries and equip them with the knowledge to build forward-looking strategies for their businesses and their people.”

The first leg of the Retreat was held in Dublin over the weekend and included talks from Managing Partner for EY Ireland, Mike McKerr, on the professional services firm’s growth story and future aspirations; EOY Alumnus, Colm Lyon (Pay with Fire) who shared the story behind Realex Payments’ journey from startup to recent exit; as well as David Hunt (Agrilarity) who discussed the future of agri-preneurship and the opportunities this holds for farmers, consumers and technologists alike.

“Germany is one of Ireland’s most resilient export markets making it a fitting choice for our first European Retreat,” explained Kevin McLoughlin.

“Total trade between Ireland and Germany amounts to over €20 billion per annum, and, as Europe’s largest economy and the world’s second largest exporting nation, gaining a foothold in Germany presents a number of opportunities for Irish entrepreneurs to further internationalise their businesses,” he added.

Fostering collaboration is central to the design of the CEO Retreat, which includes sectoral break-out groups and relaxed networking opportunities for the group of entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges they’re facing in a trusted environment.

To date, over 51% of the EOY community of entrepreneurs have done business together and the annual CEO Retreat is often referenced as the source of many new business partnerships and ideas.

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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