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Motor industry budget proposal would create 116 jobs in Galway

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A new proposed scheme by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry would help create 116 jobs in Galway – if the government agree to the idea which was part of SIMI’s pre-budget submission announced last week.

The “Swappage” proposal would see a €2,000 reduction in VRT on the purchase of a new car where the trade-in is six years or older.  The SIMI estimate that this will see an increase of 17,000 new cars sold across the country, creating 2,200 jobs, producing €129million for the Irish exchequer and also cutting CO2 emissions by 11,500 tonnes per year.

Tony Barbour, SIMI Centre Chairman for Galway, said; “Like every village, town and city across Ireland the Galway Motor Industry has been hit just as badly as everywhere else.  The prospect of having 116 new jobs in the industry in Galway alone next year would be a huge boost.

“It would be light at the end of the tunnel for us all after 6 terrible years.  It will also save 1,343 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the county.  Swappage is a no brainer for the government and like the Scrappage scheme, has the potential to re-invigorate an industry that’s on its knees,” he said.   

SIMI Director General Alan Nolan added: “Similar to Scrappage but much more beneficial to the Exchequer, Swappage has the potential to deliver an even greater benefit but at no greater risk to tax revenues, the Industry or the State.

“If Swappage is introduced next year, it could help new car sales reach 90,000. On top of that, there would be an increase in used car sales and servicing due to the cycle of business generated by the resale of trade-ins and local jobs & businesses in 400 towns across the country would be protected.”  

The Irish motor industry has suffered a huge slump over the past six years; in 2007 186,000 new cars were sold, this year it is projected that will fall to 73,000.

Over the same period, 12,800 jobs have been lost in the motor industry and 150 garages have closed.

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Supermac voted All-Ireland PR champ for 2020

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Pat McDonagh: marketing award.

Pat McDonagh, head of the Supermac’s chain of family restaurants, has been named the All Ireland Marketing Champion of 2020.

The award was created by the Marketing Institute of Ireland to highlight the achievements of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to business, who have demonstrated leadership, vision and skill and in particular whose customer and market focus have been central to their success.

With more than 100 restaurants throughout the country, Supermac’s employs over 4,000 people nationally and has helped to establish up to 60 self-employed franchisees in their own successful businesses.

The current climate means that the consumer is looking for more online and contactless ways of engaging with service providers. Supermac’s has developed its own in-house online platform to meet those needs and has order online messaging at the core of all its key marketing campaigns. Digital marketing has been a key area of focus over the past few years along with using well known sports personalities and influencers.

Some of the brand’s most publicised marketing efforts include taking out a large billboard in Times Square in 2016 which was picked up by global media as a small Irish business punching above its weight.

Furthermore, Supermac’s ‘No Clowning Around’ humorous dig at a competitor in the height of a legal battle also resulted in widespread attention.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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NWRA calls for ‘regional investment accelerator’ to distribute funding

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Chairperson of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, David Maxwell

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has called for a dedicated ‘investment accelerator’ to be set up to distribute Government and EU regional development funds – in an effort to address an imbalance.

The Government is about to decide how to spend the €1.2 billion pot of EU Cohesion Funds for the period 2021 to 2027 with €350 million allocated for the Northern and Western Region.

The NWRA wants the Government to give local bodies more control over how the 2021 to 2027 funds are spent – it suggests replicating a model that has been successfully rolled out in the Cornwall region of England.

This week, it launched a campaign called ‘Let’s Be More’ to address inequality and economic decline in the region.

The NWRA believes the region can do more with funding by:

  • Being allowed to make more localised investment decisions using a new instrument called an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI)
  • Encouraging more action’ to stimulate research and innovation
  • Doing more to facilitate local industrial transition and entrepreneurship
  • Offering more SME supports and funds for urban rural regeneration.
  • Funding more climate-friendly innovations

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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CitySwift announces 50 new jobs for city as part of its major expansion

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the CitySwift jobs announcement with Brian O'Rourke and Alan Farrelly of CitySwift.

A Galway company, which produces cutting-edge technology to optimize the public transport experience for operators and customers alike, this week announced 50 new jobs over the next two years.

CitySwift, the transport data company which works with global players such as Go Ahead and National Express to transform the operations and passenger experience of public transport, announced the jobs for over the next two years – with 15 roles to be filled immediately.

The announcement comes after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty.

The new roles will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing.

As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway city centre.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the jobs announcement.

“Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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