Galway-owned Revive Active took the top prize in the Food and Drink Category at the recent SFA National Small Business Awards 2018.
The super-supplement company adds this to a growing list of accolades, having been named by Business and Finance as one of Ireland’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies, listed in the Financial Times Top 1,000 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe last year and taken top honours atthe Irish Pharmacy Awards.
Now employing 22 people, Revive Active is on a significant growth trajectory with turnover at the end of 2017 surpassing €4m and exporting online to 42 countries worldwide.
Revive Active has six products on the market including its flagship product Revive Active, Joint Complex, Mastermind, Beauty Complex, Antarctic Krill Oil and Ubiquinol Co-Q-10 and it sells in over 1,000 select health food stores and pharmacies on the island of Ireland and in London and ships product worldwide, online at www.reviveactive.com.
Founder and Managing Director, Daithi O’Connor was also a finalist in last year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
“We are delighted to receive this award from the SFA which recognises the success of small Irish businesses and particularly thrilled to be winners in the Food and Drink Category,” he said.
“Our immediate plans are to launch three new innovative products this year while continuing to develop exporting channels to China, mainland Europe and the US,” he added.
Two arrested following taxi hijacking in Galway
Gardaí have arrested two men following the hijacking of a taxi in Co Galway last night.
Shortly before midnight, Gardaí received a report that two men who were passengers in a taxi had attacked the driver and stole his vehicle.
The driver was ejected from the car on the M18 motorway.
Gardaí were alerted and observed the car in Claregalway.
A managed containment operation to ‘block in’ the taxi was put in place with assistance from the armed Regional Support Unit.
The car was brought to a stop on Bothar na dTreabh and two men fled on foot. The two men, one in his mid-20s and the other in his early-30s, were subsequently arrested.
They are currently detained at Garda HQ in Renmore under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
Man arrested after €90,000 drug seizure
Gardai have arrested a man after €90,000 worth of drugs were discovered in a bog near Ballinasloe.
As part of an ongoing surveillance operation, Gardai conducted a search in Poolboy Bog late yesterday afternoon.
They discovered €70,000 worth of cocaine, and a further €20,000 worth of cannabis along with other drug equipment.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballinasloe Garda Station.
He’s since been charged and will appear before Ballinasloe District Court next Thursday.
Waiting lists surge since pandemic
Waiting lists at Galway hospitals have rocketed since the onset of Covid-19, with fears that the situation will only worsen as doubts have been cast over the long-awaited new elective hospital at Merlin Park.
Figures released from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which covers the cost of outsourcing public patients to private hospitals, show that since 2020, waiting lists locally have surged by almost 25%.
Galway City Councillor Níall McNelis said statistics obtained by the Labour Party showed the numbers waiting for inpatient and outpatient treatment were ever increasing, and little was being done to address the problem.
“Waiting lists have skyrocketed since the beginning of 2020 and have increased from 52,935 in January to 65,548 in March 2021, an increase of a whopping 23.8% in a little over a year.
“In every specialism, the numbers waiting at Galway University Hospitals are growing and growing month after month, with the number of people waiting for general surgery growing from 3,468 to 4,990 – a 43.9% increase; [the list for] cardiology treatment has grown from 2,406 to 3,231, a 34.3% increase in little over 14 months,” said the Labour Party councillor.
This sharp increase in waiting times came as Moycullen-based Senator Seán Kyne (FG) cast doubt over the mooted 200 in-patient beds and new elective hospital at Merlin Park – something that has long been presented as the solution to Galway’s health woes.
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