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McCambridges carry Galway’s hopes for friendliest business

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Business Awards 2014, were (from left): Ronan Walsh, JCI Galway Deputy President; Ray Flaherty, SME Specialist, AIB; Luke Anthony & Maggie Murphy, McCambridges; Des Larkin, Branch Manager, AIB and Dr Garry Lohan, JCI Galway President.

One of Galway city’s best known and longest established shops carries the hopes of the city and county in next month’s completion to find Ireland’s friendliest business.

McCambridges on Shop Street was overall winner in the recent Junior Chamber International Galway awards, the third annual friendly business awards held here. They scored highly on all sections, most notably in the customer care category.

Other category winners include Ernie’s Fish and Veg Shop on Sea Road (Customer Choice award), the Meyrick Hotel (Shop Layout/design), the Evergreen Health Store (Digital Experience), Pat Divilly Fitness (Consumer Choice) and the Delight Café in Renmore (Disability Access).

The Friendly Business Awards seek to recognise and celebrate businesses that go the ‘extra mile’ by continuing to enhance the customer experience without compromising on customer service, despite the current difficult economic climate.

Entrants were judged on customer care and friendliness, eco friendliness, shop layout and design, disability access and finally digital media, which reflects the importance of user-friendliness of websites, social media and so forth for customers.

McCambridges will now bid to become crowned Ireland’s friendliest business at the JCI national convention being held in Cork on the weekend of October 3.

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Transport key to success for west

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Ibec’s Helen Leahy....recommendations.

A world-class transport infrastructure is critical to the west achieving its economic potential, according to the umbrella group for the Irish business sector.

Ibec has again reiterated its shopping list for the West region, which it outlined in its recent NDP submission.

It wants to see the state step up to progress a host of key road projects – including the N6 Galway City Ring Road, and the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny.

It has also called for the implementation of the Galway Transport Strategy to deliver vital public transport across metropolitan Galway – and investment in future Port of Galway developments and expansion, including the facilitation of offshore renewable energy projects.

And in more general terms, across the region, Ibec has called for an increase capital investment in the further and higher education sector and establish a Technological University in the region, and the acceleration of the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan and ensure a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

The body also wants to see town centres revitalized, to ensure their future viability and underpin recovery across the region.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway customers to reap insurance merger benefits

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Merger...Chief Executive of Campion Insurance, Jim Campion.

One of Ireland’s leading independent insurance brokers will combine nationwide reach with local expertise to provide Galwegians with a wide range of products and first-class customer care

Campion Insurance has arrived in Galway through a merger with McLaughlin & Greaney Insurances trading as Future. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Under the terms of the merger, which has been approved by the Central Bank of Ireland, Future will become part of Campion Insurance.

The merger will allow Future customers in Galway to avail of the full range of insurance products offered by Campion Insurance, while maintaining the same level of local expertise in customer service as Future staff will continue to be employed in the Galway branch.

Founded in 1984 Campion Insurance has a presence in twelve towns and ten counties across Ireland and employs over 180 people. Campion Insurance is a full-service insurance solutions company offering personal, business and financial insurance products.

Having decided to establish a presence in Galway, Campion was drawn to the possibility of working with Future as a company whose leaders and staff have many years of experience and intimate knowledge of the needs of local people and businesses.

Chief Executive of Campion Insurance, Jim Campion said he was delighted to announce the arrival of Campion Insurance in Galway, which he called ‘Europe’s friendliest city’.

“Mickey McLaughlin is a true local leader and the level of local expertise he and the Future staff have is unparalleled,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Further your career at Galway Community College

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Galway Community College of Further Education (GCC) continues to offer full-time courses in a wide variety of career areas designed as a step towards skilled employment, in preparation of starting an apprenticeship or progression to further and higher education.  All our one-year courses offer a mix of blended learning, with work experience which gives the opportunity to people who are usure of their career path, to taste a vocational area before committing to a longer course. These courses are aimed at Leaving Certificate graduates, mature learners and anyone finding themselves unemployed or facing uncertain job security, this is the perfect time to reevaluate their options regarding their future career paths.

There are no CAO points required to apply for a further education course and on completion, you can convert your results from the course, up to 390 points, to apply for more than 1,200 CAO courses that will accept a QQI award for progression to Institutes of Technology and Universities nationwide. Our level 6 courses give direct access to some second-year courses in GMIT. Information talks by GMIT and NUIG on progression opportunities are held throughout the year and our guidance counsellor is available for information on progression and job opportunities in Galway and nationwide.

The option of studying a PLC/Further Education course is now attractive to school leavers and those hoping to upskill, because the costs involved are low in comparison to higher education courses. Further education courses qualify for a SUSI grant.  The registration fee for a full-time course in GCC is €175, with a government levy of €200, of which the latter, many are exempt if in receipt of a SUSI grant, hold a medical card or BTEA allowance. More information on fees can be accessed on our website galwaycc.ie.

While studying in GCC you can expect a friendly inclusive environment, we have a strong reputation for excellent tutoring. We offer fully funded Erasmus placements where there are plenty of work experience opportunities abroad. Situated at Moneenageisha Junction, we have an ideal location close to the city centre, with free parking, a café, playing pitches, bus stop and a fully equipped gym among the many modern facilities available.

Apply online now at www.galwaycc.ie for September 2021, for a course in your preferred area; Business, Secretarial, Retail Pharmacy, Graphic Design, IT, Film, Music & Theatre, Social Care, Sport, Equine, Science, Motor Technology and Horticulture. For enquiries email, gcc@gretb.ie and follow our social media channels @GCCFurtherEd.

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