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DCU student team showcases entrepreneurship projects at Toronto gathering

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Galway duo...Enactus World Cup DCU team members Katie Mannion and Jack Kane.

Three Galway students played their part on a third-level team that represented Ireland at an international event for entrepreneurs of the future in the Canadian city of Toronto recently.

Dublin City University students Katie Mannion (22) from Oranmore, Christopher Sheeran (19) from Galway City and Jack Kane (20) from Renvyle travelled to the 2016 Enactus World Cup at the end of September as part of Team Ireland.

The team, comprising 16 Irish students, showcased innovative social entrepreneurship projects, during three unforgettable days of competition, collaboration and celebration.

Enactus is an international, non-profit organisation, which assists third level students in creating entrepreneurial projects that make a positive difference in the world, spark business innovation and develop students’ skills to become socially responsible business leaders of the future.

The Enactus World Cup allows teams of students from 35 countries to present their entrepreneurial, socially sustainable projects and businesses to a group of international leaders within 17 minutes to become Enactus World Cup Champions.

A 53-strong delegation travelled to the event in Toronto with team Ireland. This was the biggest group from any European country to attend the Enactus World Cup in Toronto – a significant achievement for Ireland and the support that the team had.

Ireland and Enactus have grown largely throughout the years, in 2012, a delegation comprising just six students took part in the World Cup.

Just four years on, three Enactus projects – FoodCloud; Access Earth, and 100 Minds – are successful self-sustainable companies.

Katie, Christopher and Jack joined the DCU team led by Mark Farrelly, Róisín Nestor, Alison Ring, Matthew Hewston, Sinéad McCool and comprised ten other students, who went on to present the results of their community outreach projects, Prisonbreak, HeadstARTS, Well on the Way and Camphill Crafts.

Prisonbreak empowers ex-prisoners to become entrepreneurs by creating their own fitness boot camps. The DCU team paired up with Care After Prison for this project

HeadsARTS provides art education classes tailored for people with intellectual disabilities.

Well on the Way empowers women in Mombasa to build their own wells through the selling of water cups in Ireland – and Camphill Crafts provides a route to market for product made by people with intellectual disabilities.

For more information on Enactus, visit http://enactusireland.org/

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New President for Local Ireland

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Left to right, Bob Hughes, Executive Director, Local Ireland, Dan Linehan, Head of Irish Times Regionals and Declan McGuire, Operations Manager of the Connacht Tribune.

The new President of Local Ireland, the association representing local news publishers around the country, is Head of Irish Times Regionals Dan Linehan.

Mr Linehan takes over the presidency from Declan McGuire of the Connacht Tribune. His appointment was confirmed at the recent Annual General Meeting of Local Ireland at Bloomfield House Hotel near Mullingar, Westmeath.

Mr Linehan, who has served as Vice President of the organisation for the last two years, said: “The coming years are a very important time for local publishers with many important issues to be addressed, including the implementation of the Future of Media Commission recommendations, defamation reform, the role and support for local publishers in public service reporting and helping publishers develop commercial digital offerings.”

Speaking at the AGM, Mr McGuire acknowledged the work done by the Executive in the past two years under the direction of Executive Director, Bob Hughes, on several projects related to the publishing industry but most especially the successful conclusion of the long-running campaign for the abolition of VAT on newspapers.

He also wished Mr Linehan the very best in his new role as President of the association for the next two years.

Mr Hughes thanked Mr McGuire for his leadership and support during his term of office and said he looked forward to working with Mr Linehan on the key policy priorities for the association, including Government supports, Government advertising, fair remuneration for content from the tech platforms and the reform of the legislation for defamation.

Local Ireland members also elected Seán Mahon, Managing Director of the Southern Star, as Vice President for the next two years.

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Employers’ group hears of key challenges facing businesses in the region

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Pictured at Regional Insight Series in the Galmont Hotel are: Trevor O’Rourke, (CEO, Fibre Networks Ireland); Senan Colleran, (Head ESB Assets, Generation & Trading, ESB); Eilish O'Sullivan, (Human Resources Director, Medtronic); Danny McCoy, (CEO, Ibec); Helen Leahy, (Head of Regional Policy, Ibec); Ruairi Conroy (Diligent Corporation) and Fergal O’Brien, (Executive Director of Lobbying & Influence, Ibec). PHOTO: Michael Dillon.

The shortage of affordable housing is the single biggest impediment in attracting and retaining workers in the West, according to business group Ibec.

At a ‘Regional Insights Series’ meeting in the Galmont Hotel in Galway last week, employers were told that capacity constraints and labour supply are the key challenges facing business growth in the region.

Ibec Head of Regional Policy Helen Leahy said: “There must be greater focus by government on enhancing quality of life issues such as housing and infrastructure which are driving labour shortages in the region.

“Ibec’s vision for the West is to realise its potential to become a globally competitive location. An inadequate supply of affordable housing is now the single largest impediment to attracting and retaining talented workers, without whom business investment and expansions are not possible.

“Labour shortages are a real concern for businesses in the region. People decide where to live and work based on quality of life and access to high quality services and amenities. Industry tends to follow talent, and in this regard, the region needs to have all the building blocks in place as the attraction and retention of world-class talent becomes increasingly competitive on a global level,” said Ms Leahy.

Amongst Ibec’s priorities for the West are:

  • Addressing housing and infrastructure challenges
  • Transitioning towards a new growth model with Net Zero energy powered by Atlantic offshore wind resources
  • Adapting businesses to the new economic realities
  • Enhancing capacity and skillsets to achieve sustainable development objectives
  • Investment in people and skills
  • Creating competitive advantage through digitalisation
  • Innovation as a key driver of productivity growth

 

 

 

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Survey finds one in five retailers in Galway want to go fully cashless

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Conor Quirke of BOI Payment Acceptance: move to card payments.

One in five Galway businesses want to go fully cashless, as the move towards card payments and tapping continues unabated post-Covid.

In all, 22% of Galway businesses would like to be fully cashless, according to a survey carried out by BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA), a provider of payment technology solutions, which asked Irish businesses about the current payment landscape as well as business confidence and concerns.

Over one-third (36%) of Galway businesses were unaware there is no contactless limit on mobile wallets – just below the national average – while 54% believe the increase in card over cash transactions has helped them run their business.

Six out of ten Galway businesses expect to grow this year despite the cost-of-living crisis and running costs dominating as key concerns; 62% believe their business will grow over the next twelve months despite global economic uncertainty.

Unsurprisingly cost-of-living increases and running costs were the main concerns the majority of businesses had.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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