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People in Business – Paul Gill Managing Director, Claregalway Hotel

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Paul Gill’s business life, so far, could be summed up as: learning and doing; learning more and doing more. The managing director of the Claregalway Hotel is currently studying for an MBA at NUI Galway and says that he has already implemented some ideas generated as part of his studies.

‘It’s important to attract high-calibre graduates to work with us,’ he says.

‘To do that, I need to go through a similar education path so that I can better understand their perspectives.

It also has some very positive immediate benefits for the business, for example giving Paul an appreciation of the importance of IT systems to the operation.

‘A good IT infrastructure won’t give you a competitive advantage on its own but can give you easier access to data which can do that,’ he says.

Born in Kenya and raised on the Aran Islands, Paul studied hospitality and hotel management at GMIT and Shannon, rounded off by a 15 month placement in Switzerland.

Following a year in Southampton he spent 18 months at the Connemara Coast Hotel before moving to the Ardilaun House Hotel for eight years.

‘I learned a lot in those hotels, particularly at the Ardilaun where I had a number of management roles starting with the back office before moving to front of house,’ he recalls.

In 2001 Paul was asked to become general manager of a planned new hotel but after months of planning the project didn’t get off the ground.

‘I spent a lot of time at weekends and nights researching and planning this project,’ Paul remembers.

‘Although it didn’t work out I learned a lot from the process which was invaluable when the Claregalway opportunity came up.

Sitting on a main artery into the city with a population of 15,000 people living to the north and east and with no new hotels planned in North Galway at the time, Claregalway had a gap in the market for hotels.

It also helped that his wife, Nora, is from the area.

Nora had also worked in the industry in Eyre House and Park House where she received ‘the best training you could get anywhere,’

They worked closely with the developer for 18 months, all the time planning, researching and making advance sales, and in mid-2004 took up the lease and opened the doors of the Claregalway Hotel.

‘We had specified turn-key three star or four star hotel and the developer delivered the project to our requirements,’ he says.

They identified that weddings would be key to their success and targeted this market carefully and successfully with almost 600 catered for in the past nine years.

They established a strong and loyal local trade which has stood to them during the recession and also secured corporate business from nearby Parkmore as well as businesses in Galway city and Tuam.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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