Nine out of ten small Galway companies who availed of grant support to improve or establish their web marketing presence saw a significant increase in trade over the following twelve months.
They were among the 30 Galway businesses approved for Online Trading Vouchers in 2015 by Local Enterprise Office Galway – and so far this year, another 30 companies have been approved for this support.
Online Trading Vouchers provide grant support up to €2,500 to eligible businesses for improving and existing or adding to their existing online activity.
This funding must be used to develop the online presence of a company to enable them to sell their product or service online.
Two Galway companies which have availed of this scheme in 2015 are Go West, Furbo and Inis Meain Suites, Aran Islands.
“Go West has secured more clients as a direct result of the new website and voucher system. US Visitors to the website account for 43% of web traffic which reflects the client base of Go West,” said Kerry O’Sullivan of Go West.
Online Trading Vouchers provide support to companies to develop new/existing ecommerce sites and to increase their visibility online to drive new sales to the business.
“The company also engaged a Search Engine Optimisation expert in the planning of their new website to assist the SEO rankings for the competitive industries of travel, events & conferencing,” Kerry added.
“The process of applying for the grant support was relatively painless and the new ecommerce site has increased sales and helped with the costs and efficiency of selling online,” added Marie-Thérèse de Blacam of Inis Meain Suites.
“Funding is now available in Galway for Online Trading Vouchers and the scheme provides an excellent opportunity for Galway businesses to begin or develop their online trading presence in order to access wider national and international markets and employ more people,” revealed Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway.
The key criteria for companies applying for this grant support is that the company is trading for longer than twelve months, employs less than ten people and has a turnover under €2 million.
The grant can also be used for developing a digital marketing strategy to drive customers to your online site.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
App developer brings pampering back home
An Irish entrepreneur, whose grandmother hails from Tuam, has launched a new app that allows you to be pampered in the comfort of your own home.
Elaine Doheny – the woman behind uGlow – is calling on health, wellness and beauty professionals in Galway to sign up the app which will be available to customers later this spring.
uGlow is a booking platform for health, beauty and wellbeing services wherever, and whenever you want.
In the first phase of the launch, uGlow are looking for professionals (GloPro’s) to sign up to the app. The services will be available to customers from April.
“Right now, uGlow’s focus is to get professionals in the areas of wellness beauty and lifestyle signed up – the hair stylists, beauticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, stylists, you name it,” explained Elaine.
“The benefits for professionals signing up to uGlow include having more control over your time and increasing your revenue potential. uGlow works very much off your location so as the platform grows, you can work from anywhere in the world.
“The professionals, otherwise known as GlowPro’s, will also be given access to training and webinars on marketing their businesses, managing their finances and developing their brand.
“Freelancing can be lonely so I’d like uGlow to become a community for the freelance hairdressers, lactation specialists and other service providers who sign up to the app.”
The benefits for the professional is that it gives them the freedom and flexibility to plan their working week around their availability and opens them up to new audiences around Ireland – and globally in the future.
For the customer, it means they can be pampered anywhere, anytime at whatever cost they can afford; you make an offer on the App and the professional can choose to accept/decline – and one per cent of every booking will go to charity.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Why NUI Galway is the University of choice for 2022
It’s a time in our lives that many of us can relate to. Life after the Leaving Cert. When what feels like all the studying in the world is narrowly behind you and all of a sudden, you’re faced with one of the most important decisions of your life. As daunting as it can be, choosing where to study can become one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.
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NUI Galway, recently awarded the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2022, is a place where you can take the weight of potential from your shoulders and plant it in fertile soil. The diversity, dynamism, and direction, embodied in the culture of this city, is plain to see reflected within the historic walls of its prestigious and proud university.
Situated in the heart of Galway city, renowned for its natural beauty, students at the university can benefit from a place famed for its creativity, become empowered by values of excellence and sustainability, and truly contribute to a lasting vision for the future. With world class teaching, offering a wide-ranging array of subjects that seek to take on the most significant contemporary and future challenges facing humanity.
To lend NUI Galway’s weight to the welfare of the planet, a research and innovation strategy, including decarbonisation, antimicrobial resistance and the health of our oceans and coasts, will champion interdisciplinary breakthroughs in collaboration with over 3000 international institutions in 114 different countries. By doing so, traditional boundaries can be bypassed, and research processes previously bogged down by these hurdles can be propelled thanks to digitalisation and technological innovations.
A thriving student community awaits, ranked in the top 30 most beautiful campuses in Europe, welcoming students from all over the world. The west of Ireland is a place for the untamed mind to truly explore, both academically and culturally, but the sense of togetherness and collaboration that students will experience can be the bond, forming friendships that last a lifetime.
NUI Galway degree courses have adapted in an instinctive way to a world interrupted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and, in many cases, allowing students to study subjects from a broad context for the first year, getting a feel for them before specialising later. This energising approach to study has proved to be not only popular, but hugely effective in navigating the challenges of the career street map.
Studying with NUI Galway goes beyond the time you spend on campus and surrounding areas. Students will be immersed in world-class teaching programmes, learning from expert academics and gaining new skills and perspectives, ensuring they are among the most employable graduates anywhere and setting them apart in the world of work. With an alumni network of over 100,000 worldwide, opportunities for placement abroad are also a great way to further prepare you for the world and your chosen workplace.
Surrounding yourself with exceptional facilities and technology, immersing yourself in a research ecosystem that informs industry, and setting your creative spirit free in a place of natural wonder are, in isolation, resounding reasons to choose NUI Galway as a place to take the next steps in your life’s adventure.
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Fears on inflation and supply
Inflation – general and wages – along with supply chain issues are the issues of most concern to a majority of business leaders as their organisations face into 2022.
That’s according to the latest quarterly research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland, which has also found that a majority of business leaders remains optimistic about the financial performance of their primary organisation in both Q1 2022 and, indeed, for the year 2022.
The advance findings of the IoD’s latest Director Sentiment Monitor survey for Q4 2021, to be published in January, found that 86% of the business leaders are concerned that general inflation will negatively impact the financial performance of their primary organisation in Q1 2022.
And 83% of the survey’s respondents fear that wage inflation will impact staff retention and staff recruitment over that same first quarter.
Nearly a third say their business model has been adapted for supply chain issues – but two-thirds remain concerned regarding their primary organisation and its supply chain issues for the end of 2021.
Again, 34% of respondents say supply chain issues are impacting their ‘bottom line’ for 2021 – and 46% of the business leaders are concerned that there will be supply chain issues for their primary organisation in 2022.