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Talented locals ready to set out their stalls at Craft, Food and Gift Fair

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Ronan Brennan and Aidan Murphy of Galway Hooker Beer who will be launching a new product at the fair.

Taking part in an organised craft fair makes perfect sense for small businesses, especially if they are local start-ups, like some of those who will be showing off their wares this weekend in Galway City.

The third annual Galway Craft, Food and Gift Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday in the Black Box on the Headford Road, where over 40 exhibitors will set out their stalls.

Organised by the Galway Enterprise Board, up to 6,000 people attended the two day event last year such is the interest in craft or cottage industries, especially if they involve organic materials or home grown or home produced food!

One of this year’s first timers at the Fair will be Sineád O’Brien, a law graduate student who has shelved her law aspirations for now to concentrate on a seaweed business.

Mungo Murphys Seaweed Co is based in the Conamara Gaeltacht, in Ros a Mhil, which has a history of fish and seaweed products.

Sineád’s products involve bath and beauty but she also supplies fresh seaweed to restaurants — the nori is quite popular with the growing popularity of sushi in local eateries.

She also hopes to further develop the beauty end of it and is currently working with the Limerick Institute of Technology on that aspect.

“I was in Amsterdam working on a Masters and saw a lot of my college colleagues setting up their own businesses, but it was when I met someone who imported seaweed from Galway that I got thinking maybe I should go into that myself.

“Though my mother is involved in the seaweed business, I hadn’t appreciated how it is valued until I went abroad,” she admits.

Her company was set up a year ago so this weekend she hopes to introduce her products to a whole new set of customers. Her products are currently sold online. . . and yes Mungo is a fictitious character!!

Another first-timer is Tony O’Reilly of Beleaf, also set up just a year ago quite by accident.

He was involved in a company which makes stairs but when the construction business quietened down, he agreed to help make a few wooden products for a friend who opened up a pop-up shop last Christmas. The chopping boards, jewellery holders and tea light holders were all sold out and he decided there was more demand on hand-crafted products than stairs.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway start-up’s €3m investment

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Investment...Orreco CEO Dr. Brian Moore.

Galway-headquartered sports performance and data science company Orreco will scale its operations in Ireland, the United States and UK following a €3 million investment round led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm True Ventures.

The new investment will enable the Galway company to expand its product, engineering, data science and commercial teams, in addition to accelerating the development of its elite performance solutions, @thlete and FitrWoman.

Up to 30 new hires will be made across the company’s offices in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S., specifically Galway and Los Angeles where Orreco operates a performance centre. The company currently employs 30 people.

Its performance centres provide sports science and data solutions for professional sports teams and athletes including the US basketball NBA sides the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, NBA Champion and All-Star Pascal Siakam, English Premier League side Newcastle United and WSL club Chelsea FC Women, USA Swimming, and the Wasserman Sports Agency (Los Angeles).

Top golfers Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell became investors after experiencing the benefits of Orreco’s services first-hand.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State aiming to make remote work a reality

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton

Galway is expected to benefit from ‘significant investment’ in the development of remote working hubs later this year – as part of the Government’s new National Remote Working Strategy.

Legislation will be introduced by the end of September entitling employees to request remote working arrangements. And while there will be no automatic entitlement, employers will be required to explain why such arrangements are impossible.

If an employee is unhappy with the explanation, they can take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission for adjudication on the matter.

A total of €5 million has been allocated under Budget 2021 for the development of a national hubs network, while the Western Development Commission (WDC) is currently working on the development of 100 hubs in the Atlantic Economic Corridor region, which includes Galway.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton said that the strategy had the potential to transform local economies and the quality of life of thousands of employees in the west.

“The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated exponentially the move towards remote working, and we have responded to that trend by investing in broadband infrastructure and hubs in recent months,” explained the Galway West TD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three of Galway’s shining success stories reveal plans to expand in 2021

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Senator Aisling Dolan....good news.

Three of Galway’s start-up success stories have all gone into the New Year with expansion plans – creating around ten high-end jobs each in the process.

The continued expansion of these Enterprise Ireland-supported companies – based in the med-tech and new technology sectors – are a ringing endorsement of enterprise in the west, according to Galway Senator Aisling Dolan.

Palliare, a medical device company founded in 2018 as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, has hired ten new employees in recent months.

Flexwork company, Ronspot intends to have a total of ten new employees on board by spring 2021, and has hired five people since September.

Ronspot – based in the GMIT Innovation Hub – is a technology company which enables the flexible workplace between office and home.

And Venari Medical – a spin-out from the BioInnovate Ireland fellowship programme for medical device innovation at NUIG – filled three new positions in October, with plans to recruit up to ten new employees in the coming months.

Senator Dolan described the jobs as a vote of confidence in graduates in the west.

“It shows that the dynamic MedTech research in the west has a strong ecosystem with third level underpinned by Enterprise Ireland and the seed capital investment support from the Western Development Commission,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see Irish innovation rising to the top, competing internationally and winning global export markets. Enterprise Ireland champions Irish based innovative companies and crucially supports early-stage development,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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