A Galway company specialising in inbound corporate travel won one of the top gongs at the prestigious annual Irish Event Industry Awards in Dublin last week.
BEM Ireland beat off stiff competition from Alltech, The Aviva Stadium, RCSI and The Croke Park Conference Centre, to scoop the award for The Best Event Team.
They were acknowledged for being “a small team managing complex events with warmth and imagination”.
The shortlisting process is a rigorous and thorough process which has resulted in only entries of the very highest standard being put forward for judging by a distinguished panel of Judges from across Ireland’s event industry along with a highly respected International panel.
Made up of Directors Eamon Howley and Averil Burke and Project Managers Laura Hester and Alan Behan, BEM Ireland had been shortlisted for two categories, Best Event Management Company and Best Event Team demonstrating depth, diversity, delivering value for money, originality and faultless execution whilst also demonstrating extraordinary teamwork and going the extra mile to wow their guests.
Founded in 1995, BEM Ireland have established themselves as a leading Destination and Event Management Company specialising in inbound corporate travel in the MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events) covering all of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland for many International clients including Harley Davidson, Condé Nast, Diageo, Ingersoll Rand/Thermo King, Johnson & Johnson, and Yamaha Marine.
Eamon Howley, Director at BEM Ireland said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Our small but passionate team continually strive to provide our clients with the most authentic yet professional incentives and events showcasing Irelands rich culture, hospitality and tradition.
“A lot of businesses and individuals are working hard to ensure Ireland remains as a leading destination for world class conferences, incentives and events. We have to commend the many people we work with right across the industry that continue to give Ireland its good name internationally. This industry is continually growing and we are very proud to be a part of it.”
Now in its sixth year, the Event Industry Awards once again recognises excellence and aim to celebrate and showcase the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry.
New President for Local Ireland
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.
Employers’ group hears of key challenges facing businesses in the region
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
Survey finds one in five retailers in Galway want to go fully cashless
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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