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Topform lives up to its name!

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The Topform Management Team pictured with the award (from left) Alan Wiseman, Maria Murphy, Aislin Le Provost, Paul Glynn, David Prendergast and Dermot Spellacy.

Topform – based in Gort – took the SFA Award for Small Business Exporter of the Year Award at a Gala ceremony in Dublin recently.

Management were presented with their award Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and SFA Chairman AJ Noonan, at what was the eleventh year of the SFA National Small Business Awards, held in the RDS.

Topform an indigenous Irish company trading for over 38 years has managed to grow their business successfully within the domestic and export markets.

It accredits the popularity of its worktops to a consistent emphasis on creating new and innovative worktop solutions.

Topform marketing manager Aislin Le Provost says diversification of its product range has been key to the success of Topform.

Initially a manufacturer of laminate worktops, it now presents itself as a “Creative Worktop Solutions” company, manufacturing worktops for both domestic and export markets. In fact Topform produces some of Ireland’s best known kitchen worktops, including TopShape, TopShape Custom, TopPlus and TopWood.

The firm’s export business grew substantially in 2014, with an increase of 13% and it is expected to increase by double digits again this year.

Its main export activity is supplying tops to the holiday home and leisure industry in the UK as well as exporting worktops to Australia.

“By developing your export business, not only can you tap in to significant new market opportunities but you can spread your business risk and enable you to achieve greater economies of scale, explained MD Paul Glynn.

“Having researched our target markets, whilst being absolutely clear on our market-entry proposition, this determined our success and allowed us to differentiate our products and services from local competition. The local customer relationships also help to cement a sustainable export business,” he added.

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Supply chain challenges in retail

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SPONSORED CONTENT  – EZ LIVING FURNITURE

There has been a huge demand for consumer products in 2020 and 2021. Covid-19 has resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before. Lockdown especially saw all non-essential workers previously confined to their homes. Investing in goods such as clothing, electronics and furniture was one of the few ways that people could spend their discretionary income from the comfort of their own homes. However, this major spike in consumer purchasing is only one of many challenges that the retail industry is currently facing.

Every retailer and consumer across the globe is being affected by rising costs and frustrating delivery delays and this, unfortunately, includes  EZ Living Furniture. As Ireland’s most loved and well-known furniture retailer, we wanted to help our customers understand the issues the entire retail industry is currently facing and will continue to face for some time by outlining the order fulfilment process to you.

Supply Chain explained

March 2020:

Many suppliers (including EZ Living Furniture) source their products from overseas. When Covid-19 first struck in the Far East in March 2020, illness and a lessened workforce lead to a dramatic decrease in production. When those countries entered lockdown, supply stopped coming from the Far East entirely.

April 2020:

When these countries began to recover and started to exit lockdown, Europe, unfortunately, went into lockdown. Because we were unable to sell stock to the same capacity, we stopped ordering from these countries.

June 2020:

Customers began ordering products again, but only online as all of the physical stores in Europe were closed. It took us, and many other European businesses a number of weeks to come to terms with the new working from home arrangements and the redirection of resources towards the increase in online sales that occurred subsequently.

November 2020:

Product manufacturers and raw material manufacturers in Europe were still closed due to the pandemic. This meant materials and products were not being produced in Europe at all.

This caused major issues with supply and production. For instance, foam is one of many materials used to make mattresses, dining chairs, and sofas. When this is in short supply, so too is the furniture that uses foam.

Hospitals around the globe began ordering thousands of containers of PPE. With no warehouses to store these essential healthcare items, they remained in the containers at ports. This lead to congestions at ports and a shortage of shipping containers worldwide.

Shipping ports closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in ports.

March 2021:

The Suez Canal was blocked by a container vessel for six days. This put further strain on supply chains that were already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.

October 2021:

We are still continuing to suffer from the lack of containers. This is causing a rise in transportation and raw material costs. Deliveries to customers are also now taking longer than usual.

What are we doing to resolve this?

Stores like us are working even harder to ensure that customers receive the same products in the same time frame and at the same price-point that was in place before the pandemic. Any solution to this supply chain problem is not perfect. Prioritising faster delivery will inevitably lead to higher costs while focusing on lowering product prices will inevitably delay delivery times.

Alternatives and long-term solutions are being explored such as supply chains in eastern Europe. However, this is a time-consuming process primarily due to quality control and logistics.

What you need to know

Already this year, we have had to increase our stock levels to try to compensate for any future delivery delays. Until now, we have been absorbing the increases in transportation costs and raw materials in order to continue to offer our customers such a wide range of furnishings.

Unfortunately, due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, stock is going to be limited, especially during certain holiday periods. Prices may also have to be increased again in the future with smaller companies likely to be affected to an even greater degree. We want to be completely transparent with our customers and make you all aware that our promotions listed below may be the last chance for you all to purchase EZ Living Furniture items at such low prices.

So, don’t wait to buy that EZ Living Furniture Item you have been eyeing and prioritise our in-stock items. The products available in all retail stores now could sell out and take a long time to return to stock. Shipping delay issues could also mean you are waiting months to receive your items.

Although we are uncertain as to how long these global supply-chain issues will last, we aim to keep you updated at all times. We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.

For any queries regarding your order, please contact our Customer Service team by phone, email or live chat:

Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

Phone: 0818 222 272

Customer Service Email: customerservice@ezliving.ie

Website Enquiries Email: websales@ezlivingfurniture.ie

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Wild Atlantic Way creates template for sustainable coastal tourism in Europe

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The spectacular Poll na bPheist on Inis Mór – one of the many unique attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The success of the Wild Atlantic Way will be used as a template for other European regions to look at their potential to capitalise on sustainable coastal tourism.

The west’s success story has been used as a research model to establish best practice for the development of marine and coastal tourism trails in the EU – without having a detrimental effect on local communities or the environment.

The research – which was driven by a team at NUIG with input from the Northern & Western Regional Assembly – forms part of the Moses Project which aims to further the EU’s Blue Growth strategy in five focus maritime areas with the potential to accelerate learning across Europe.

The five maritime areas are aquaculture, marine and coastal tourism, offshore renewable energy, ports and fisheries.

Blue Growth is defined as growth that does not interfere with the marine environment’s long-term ability to continue to deliver ecosystem services.

The Moses Project, which is concluding this year, has eight partners in five countries, comprising a mixture of research centres/universities, regional government and a public body representing marine-based activities.

The project is funded through the innovative EU INTERREG Programme called Atlantic Area.

The research on the 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way was carried out between 2018 and 2020 by a project team in the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) based at NUIG, following a brief review of the marine and coastal tourism management regime in Ireland.

The Northern & Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) was also a partner in the two-year project.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Roadshow’s nationwide brainstorm

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The Creating Our Future Roadshow on its stopover in Galway city.

Galwegians were offered the chance to play a part in creating a better future for Ireland – by participating in a nationwide brainstorming session last week.

The Creating Our Future Roadshow is midway through its mission to visit every county in Ireland in a month – having started out on September 24 in Wicklow and running until October 26.

It’s a government-led national brainstorm that will involve the people of Ireland in a conversation on the role research can and should play in addressing opportunities, challenges and hopes for the future.

Creating Our Future, according to Minister Simon Harris, will ensure that the direction of research in Ireland is informed by the people it serves.

The organisers are asking people to submit their ideas about what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future through the dedicated online portal www.creatingourfuture.ie, which is open until November 30.

The Roadshow is also pulling up in towns across the country to encourage the public to engage in a conversation with researchers over a cup of coffee – and to submit an idea about an opportunity or challenge in their lives, community, Ireland or the world; or something they are curious or passionate about and would like researchers to explore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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