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Business year in review

Wednesday, 28th December, 2016 1:00am

► January

Irish telecoms provider Magnet announces the opening of a new office in Galway.

32 new jobs are created in Athenry by Amicitia, a socially inclusive social enterprise that aims to offer more job opportunities to people with disabilities.


► February

Galway company PolyPico wins the €10,000 top cash prize in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards for their innovative fluid dispensing technology, while 17 year old teenage entrepreneur Conor O’Flaherty scoops the new €5,000 Bursary with his online talent management agency for YouTube stars.

Galway organic vegetable farmer Kenneth Keavey features in UTV Ireland’s fly-on-the-wall rural series, ‘Rare Breed: A Farming Year’.

Fahy Travel Worldchoice is named Travel Agency of the Year with fewer than 10 employees at the Irish Travel Agents’ Association’s annual awards.

The Galway Plaza opens for business at Junction 16, Kiltullagh on the M6. Owned by Supermac’s Pat and Una McDonagh, the Motorway Services Station and Food Court project creates 85 jobs.

175 new jobs are created in Loughrea by Chanelle Group, Ireland’s largest indigenous pharmaceuticals manufacturer, as part of a €70 million investment programme.

Galway is ranked one of the winners of The Financial Times fDi Magazine’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17. Galway is ranked fDi’s No. 1 Micro European Cities of the Future 2016/17 for Economic Potential and No.1 Micro European Cities of the Future 2016/17 for Business Friendliness.


► March

Ballybrit-based medtech company Alere announces it is tripling its operations at its Galway facility, resulting in over 150 million state-of-the-art rapid diagnostic tests being managed through Galway, and the creation of 40 new jobs.

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is recognised as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2016.


► April

The World Travel & Tourism Council announces the election of Galway native Gerald Lawless, Tourism and Hospitality at Dubai Holding, as its Chairman.

Galway businesswoman Jade Goodfellow wins the Young Business Person Award at the Micro Biz Awards.


► May

The first building in the new Galway City Innovation District, The PorterShed, is officially launched. The building at the back of Ceannt Station, just off Eyre Square, provides co-working space for 75 people.

Shannon Group plc records total turnover of €65.6m in 2015 with post-tax profits of €7.3m in its first full year of trading.

Galway equipment systems engineering firm SL Controls announces 20 new positions.

One-day summit Innovating West takes place at NUI Galway, focusing on ‘Learning from Entrepreneurs’.

Online home furnishings and décor company Wayfair announces the expansion of its multi-lingual European Operations Centre in Galway, creating 160 new jobs at a new 30,000 square foot facility on the Tuam Road.

Father and daughter Joe and Carmel Goodfellow from Claregalway company Eco Grate appear on RTÉ’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, securing €80,000 investment in their product.

Ireland West Airport Knock records a nine per cent increase in passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2016 with over 123,000 passengers using the airport.

Top Oil are named overall winners of the bilingual award Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016.

Galway City is named in the Top 20 European destinations for conferences and conventions by the International Congresses and Conventions Association.

► June

Galway couple Enda and Valerie Dodd develop software, Animated Language Learning, that aims to help children with autism communicate.

Galway City restaurant and café The GBC celebrates 80 years in business.

US medical devices company Surmodics announces the creation of 100 new jobs in Ballinasloe.

Deloitte officially opens its ‘office of the future’ in the Galway Financial Services Centre on Moneenageisha Road.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara holds its National Seafood Conference – Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ event at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Meanwhile more than 60,000 visitors flock to SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, on Galway Harbour.

Home Instead Senior Care celebrates 10 years in business.

Galway chef Michael O’Meara is honoured at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.

US medical technology company Zeltiq Aesthetics announces it is establishing a European manufacturing facility in Galway, creating up to 60 jobs.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU is described as a “huge blow” to Irish tourism by the Restaurants Association of Ireland.


► July

Waste water company Glan Agua and civil engineering company MEIC create 60 new jobs in Galway.

It’s estimated that one million extra visitors are expected to visit Galway City and County in 2020 as a result of winning the European Capital of Culture title.

Connemara medical device company Proxy Biomedical creates over 30 new jobs at its facility in An Spidéal.

Sigmar Recruitment announces the creation of 150 jobs in Galway, Dublin, Cork and Kerry.

A new campaign aimed at supporting job seekers with disabilities and employers is launched by EmployAbility Galway. The organisation calls on employers to back their #100jobs campaign and support their goal of placing 100 people with disabilities in employment.

Australian technology company SiteMinder chose the city as a new base, creating 100 jobs.

► August

The decision to grant permission for Apple’s €850 million data centre in Co. Galway is described as a “huge shot in the arm for the greater Athenry area”.

Saol Cafe at NUI Galway is named JCI Galway’s Friendliest Business.


► September

NUI Galway climbs 22 places to 249 in the QS World University Ranking 2016/2017 – the only Irish university to increase its ranking.

Galway hoteliers welcome a 9.8% increase in visitors but caution that the effect of Brexit needs to be monitored so that the sector can plan for a potential negative impact.

The new €68 million medical device research centre CÚRAM is launched at NUI Galway, targeting chronic diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s and heart disease.


► October

Dervans Fashion Loughrea celebrates 80 years in business.

Galway restaurants Loam on Fairgreen Road and Aniar on Lower Dominick Street retain their Michelin Star status for 2017.

► November

Standún, Spiddal celebrates 70 years in business.

Almost 3,000 people turn out in Athenry to support the ‘Apple for Athenry’ march, in support of the planned Apple data centre development near the town.

Galway City centre institution Treasure Chest celebrates 50 years in business.

American IT company Ipswitch opens a permanent EMEA centre of excellence at Citypoint in Galway City, creating 60 jobs over the next five years.

Galway businessman Jimmy Griffin of Griffin’s Bakery warns that new parking charges on Sundays will drive people out of the city.

Kenny Galway closes its doors after a receiver is appointed to the company by a US vulture fund. The Galway car dealership reopens days later after the High Court appoints an interim examiner to the company.

Source and Supply Logistics (SSL) are named overall winner of the Galway Chamber Business of the Year Award.

The West of Ireland’s largest business networking event, MeetWest, takes place in Mayo with hundreds of delegates attending.

Cambus Medical celebrates its 10th anniversary.


► December

The US Department of Transport’s decision to award a foreign air carrier licence to Norwegian Air International is hailed as hugely positive news for the West.

Paul Killoran from Ex Ordo is named Galway’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.

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