At a prestigious event in the Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London last Friday night, Galway was awarded ‘Great Town of the Year’ by the Academy of Urbanism, having beaten off stiff competition from 50 towns and small cities across Ireland and the UK. City Mayor Terry O’Flaherty was present to receive the award and I’m sure it was a wonderfully moment for this devoted Galwegian.
That Galway was successful in this competition came as no surprise to me. I had the pleasure in being involved in a reception for the Urbanism Academy assessors in the City Museum in September. These assessors had already spent a couple of days in Galway, going about their assessing and the event in the museum was their final evening. They were quite clearly charmed by the city and its people. They spoke enthusiastically about the vibrancy in the City Centre and the integrated nature of the streetscape. They were flattering about the sense of common purpose they had encountered and how everybody they had met seemed to be playing for ‘Team Galway’.
On the evening in the museum, it was hugely gratifying to see ‘Team Galway’ in action. The public sector led by Galway City Council was strongly represented and the private sector too turned out to champion Galway’s case. The effort being put in by all was not lost on the assessors and, thankfully, it has paid off.
I attended the Ulster Bank’s High Achievers Awards launch yesterday morning in the Meyrick Hotel and, at the event, there was a panel discussion on marketing your business and the value to be gained from participating in awards competitions. One of the panel was a previously successful entrant in the Ulster Bank’s awards, who highlighted the marketing benefit of being recognised as a high achieving company following its success. Hopefully, Galway’s recognition as ‘Great Town of the Year’ will bring similar benefits in the form of additional visitors to our city.
Another ‘Well done’ is due to the team at the IDA and Fidelity Investments in respect of the announcement of up to 200 new jobs in Galway and Dublin. This announcement, together with The City Bin Company’s announcement of 35 new jobs, has made it a great week for Galway.
The theme of the Chamber’s Pre-Budget submission to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD is ‘Create Confidence and Cut Costs of Employment’. See our website www.galwaychamber.com for the complete document. We should take confidence from Galway’s Great Town Award and the Jobs announcements this week. Keep up the good work, Team Galway!