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Seminars aim to improve access to finance for SMEs

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Breda Fox

Enterprise Europe Network in association with Galway Chamber will host a series of seminars as part of Chamber Week 2014 – from September 15 to 19 – aimed at unravelling the complexity of access to finance for small businesses.

The seminars will give a clear and basic outline of the availability of different types of SME finance, how to access it and the criteria involved. The seminars will cover crowdfunding, bank financing and state agency funding.

Seminar One – Crowdfunding and Business Angels – is on September16. Crowdfunding is new to many but has already delivered significant finance for small and medium sized businesses. This aims to show how it actually works, who it can benefit and what results can be expected.

Presentations are from Marc Rafferty of Linked Finance and Gerry Mackey of Halo Business Angel Partnership, with local case examples.

Seminar Two – Financing from your Bank – is on October 14. For most businesses, different stages of their business life cycle present different financing challenges. This seminar looks at what businesses can expect at different stages of the business cycle and how financing from the bank plays an important role.

And Grant and State Agency Funding – the final seminar in this three-part series – on November 11, focuses on the role of state agencies and government bodies in supporting SMEs, with presentations from Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland; Breda Fox, Local Enterprise Office; Jim Keogh, Údarás na Gaeltachta; and Lorna Coleman, MicroFinance Ireland, with local case examples.

All seminars will take place in Galway Chamber, Commerce House, Merchant’s Road, Galway commencing at 9.30am until 11am. Attendance to the event is free and welcomes both members and non-members of Galway Chamber.

Bookings in advance to Mairead at eengalway@galwaychamber.com or Tel. 091-563536

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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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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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