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Online Marketing Awards carry €20,000 prize fund

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Maricka Burke Keogh, Dave Hickey and Breda Fox launching the OMiG Awards.

Galway businesses will compete for a prize fund totalling more than €20,000 in the second annual Online Marketing in Galway Awards which were launched this week.

The awards will acknowledge businesses based in Galway which market themselves online across a number of categories.

They will celebrate the best digital talent in Galway with awards for Best Website, Best Blog, Best Social Media Campaign, a People’s Choice Award and Overall Marketing Leadership.

Last year’s awards, the first, attracted over 100 entries across all categories with Kinlay Hostel emerging as overall winner.

The awards are held in partnership with Galway’s Local Enterprise Office and the Connacht Tribune Group.

“We are delighted to support the awards for the second year and acknowledge those who excel in marketing their businesses on line,” said Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise at Galway LEO.

“We know from supporting growing businesses that those with an on line presence grow twice as fast and export twice as much as those without a digital strategy,” she added.

Entries will be judged by panels of experts in each category from which a shortlist of finalists will be published at the end of March.

“Any business, no matter what size they are, should enter if they have a presence in any of the categories,” said Dave Hickey, Group CEO at the Connacht Tribune.

The awards will be presented at a celebration at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Thursday, April 8. The evening will also include a panel discussion with three top speakers from the world of digital marketing and content.

Other key sponsors include Irish Apps and Ireland West Airport Knock

Nominations are now open for all categories and entries can be made through the OMiG website at www.galwaymarketing.ie/awards/. Closing date is Friday, March 13.

 

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GMIT conferring for employees as best in class

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Seventeen employees from manufacturing engineering companies all over Ireland will be conferred with GMIT’s first ever professional apprenticeship award at an online ceremony hosted by GMIT and Ibec next week.

Conferrings for the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering will take place remotely next Thursday, March 4.

The GMIT group are among 37 professional apprentices nationwide to recently complete their three-year programme, developed by Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association and GMIT, together with representatives from the medical technology sector.

This first group of apprentices includes many students who were long-time employees of their companies and who were identified as having the potential to develop on Technician and Engineer career paths.

Galway-based companies involved include Cambus Medical, Creganna, Merit Medical, Synecco, M&M Qualtech and MSA Safety.

In a follow-up to this, GMIT and Ibec will then host a free online Employer Briefing on March 24 from 11am to 12 noon, providing up to date information on this Engineering Apprenticeship programme, funding, and other supports to help upskill existing employees or take on promising school-leaver apprentices.

The online briefing will provide information on the Government grants scheme (€3,000 grant per apprentice) which will expire on June 30.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Top award for Galway firm

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Pat O’Donnell

A recruitment company co-founded by a Galway man, with offices in Headford and Dublin, was one of the big winners at the ninth Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards.
Galway executive search firm, Principal Connections, was named Best Executive Recruitment Firm at the 2020 awards, which took place later than usual this year, at the end of last month.
Principal Connections – the Irish office of Agilium Worldwide LLC with offices in Headford and Dublin 4 – was co-founded by Galway native Pat O’Donnell and ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’ Hilarie Geary.
Mr O’Donnell was delighted with the company’s achievement. “As a senior executive and board search firm, Principal Connections is in a privileged position. Each day we work towards appointing many of the senior executives and board directors who drive Irish business,” he said.
“To be recognised for excellence in this endeavour, I feel truly honoured and especially delighted to accept this prestigious award,” he added.
This year’s winners were selected from across 19 distinct categories based on the criteria of: ‘resilience’, ‘exceptional performance’ and their response to the ‘adversity’ presented by 2020.

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US software provider selects industry veteran to lead European HQ

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Ruairí Conroy..Diligent’s Site Lead.

A US software provider – at the cutting edge of assisting multi-nationals in the area of corporate governance – has announced the appointment of an industry veteran to head up their new European Hub, based in Galway.

Ruairí Conroy, who has been appointed as Site Lead, will oversee Diligent’s European Hub – including recruitment, department integration, business operations and facilities.

Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President of Inside Sales at SiteMinder, a cloud platform for hotels, where he was responsible for recruiting and expanding operations at the Galway site.

Last November, Diligent announced plans to create more than 200 local jobs in Galway across several business functions – including customer support, customer success, finance, product, HR and marketing.

The Corporation, described as a leading modern governance company with a platform used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders, is headquartered in New York City.

Reacting to his appointment Ruairí Conroy said that Diligent’s commitment to growing in Galway – engaging with the community and building a top-performing workforce – was what really drew him in.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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