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Workers are clueless on the pension

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Aoife Gleeson from Clarinbridge, Concern Worldwide’s finance director, with the top prize in the ‘Large Not-for-Profit and Charities’ category at the Published Accounts Awards, organised by the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society and sponsored by the Irish Stock Exchange which Concern won for the sixth consecutive year.

A national survey, commissioned by the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) and conducted by IReach, sought to examine retirement planning in Ireland and whether people are being realistic as to their expectations for retirement age. It concluded that people simply avoid thinking about retirement for much of their working lives.

The IAPF survey found that almost 80% of adults in Ireland between the ages of 18 and 34 don’t know the level of the State Pension.

There are approximately 65,800 people in this age category in Galway which means that an estimated 52,700 don’t know what the State pension is.

The IAPF say that the results show a clear dearth of knowledge amongst not just the younger demographic, but amongst the Irish public in general when it comes to understanding how much the State pays out to people once they hit retirement age – with just four in ten Irish people over 18 selecting the correct amount of €230.

“Burying our heads in the sand and simply committing to work forever can’t replace sensible retirement planning,” said Jerry Moriarty, CEO of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

“While it’s relatively late in the day, those over 55 facing retirement appear to have greater awareness, with over 60% knowing how much they’ll receive from the State when they retire, but unfortunately pension statistics show that many will have left it too late.

“Overall, 29% say they will retire before age 64; 27% say they will have to keep working as long as they are able, while a further 11% say they can see themselves working past aged 70,” he added.

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Galway call-out with entries now open for Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

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Pictured at the launch of the Guaranteed Irish Business Awards are Patrick Farrell,Retail Banking Director, Permanent TSB; Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson; broadcaster Anton Savage, and Christina Conlon, Marketing Manager, Guaranteed Irish.

Guaranteed Irish has announced the launch of the 2023 Guaranteed Irish Business Awards, celebrating the best of locally based businesses in recognition of their contribution to business in the country.

The Awards – back after their inaugural year – aim to put the spotlight on local businesses that have made a commitment to support local jobs and contribute to local communities across the country.

The event, which will be MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage, will take place at an awards luncheon in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, March 14 2023.

“Guaranteed Irish has been supporting businesses in Ireland for almost 50 years and is recognised as the national symbol for trust in business and provenance,” explained Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.

“It’s important to celebrate the best of homegrown businesses as well as firms that have chosen to operate locally here in Ireland. Through the Guaranteed Irish licensed symbol, consumers identify businesses that build local supply chains, support local jobs, and embrace sustainable business practices.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway firm thrives through Covid

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Richard Watson, Managing Partner, Furthr VC; and Michael Furey, CEO, Ronspot, announcing that Furthr VC has led a €1.1M investment in Ronspot.

A Galway company described as an all-in-one space management solution for businesses – and which bucked the trend to thrive during the Covid pandemic – has announced a major investment in its operation by an international venture capitalist.

Ronspot, founded five years ago by CEO Michael Furey as a corporate parking management solution, quickly evolved into a three-in-one proposition to manage desking, parking spaces, and meeting rooms for businesses.

This in turn allowed them to easily manage their hybrid workplace and save time on administration, scheduling, staff queries, and real-estate costs.

When the pandemic hit and the world came to a standstill, Ronspot’s parking product and market expansion was put on hold – but, in response, the company pivoted to desk management, creating a system to help manage office desks.

And that allowed the team – based at the ATU (former GMIT) Innovation Hub – to turn a monumental challenge into a massive opportunity to expand and grow the company.

The next step in that process was unveiled last week when Furthr VC announced that it has led a €1.1m investment round in the hybrid workplace management platform, Ronspot.

The investment, which also included funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Enterprise Ireland, will help Ronspot to expand its team and scale globally.

Ronspot’s cloud-based application enables users to book car and bicycle parking, hot desks and meeting rooms, as well as manage visitor requirements and other resources including lockers – all on one unified mobile app. Users can see real-time availability, as well as the bookings of their colleagues.

Ronspot CEO Michael Furey explained that modern organisations were acutely aware of the need to provide flexible hybrid working solutions in order to retain and attract talent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway programme to boost start-ups

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New programme… PorterShed Programme Manager Rosemary Gallagher.

Galway’s PorterShed is preparing to launch a new programme next month – to get start-ups Accelerator and revenue-ready.

Launching on October 24, the six-week programme will offer companies the chance to learn from mentors, hear insights from expert founders, and really examine their objectives.

Developed by the NDRC, and powered by the PorterShed, this Pre-Accelerator offers start-ups the chance to learn, grow, and finally, pitch.

The NDRC offers a whole host of supports for start-ups, and through hubs like the PorterShed, the NDRC is able to deliver these programmes across the country, ensuring that regional innovation continues to thrive.

“The PorterShed’s network effect becomes even more heightened through a programme like the Pre-Accelerator, because you’re really in it with other startups at a similar level to you experiencing similar challenges – and working through those together. It can feel like summer camp!” PorterShed Programme Manager Rosemary Gallagher said.

Start-ups such as Receipt Relay, Tonnta, and Precisions Sports Technology are just some of the Galway-based companies that have come through the NDRC Pre-Accelerator.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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