Galway Chamber

  • Ireland West Airport Knock is facing a near-catastrophic situation, as passenger numbers over the Summer collapsed by 90%.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a financial crisis for the Mayo airport - due to a collapse in passenger numbers and the stringent travel restrictions currently in place in Ireland.

    The business communities of Mayo, Galway and Sligo have now united for the first time, to call on Government to respond to the challenges currently facing the airport.

    Ireland West Airport Knock was closed for three months this year - from the end of March to the start of July, and since reopening, has seen a dramatic fall in flights and in passengers -with many staff laid off and others on reduced working hours.

    The airport's managing director Joe Gilmore told Midwest News today that passenger numbers collapsed by 90% since July, compared to the same period last year, while they're looking at losses of up to €4 million this year.

    The chambers of commerce in Mayo, Galway and Sligo are now seeking an urgent meeting with Galway-based Minister of State Hildegarde Naughten, and the Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to discuss the challenges facing Knock Airport.

    Ahead of next month's Budget, they're calling for urgent support through an expanded regional airports programme, to address the financial crisis facing Ireland West Airport.

  • Galway Chamber is the inaugural winner of the Partnership for Business Award in the Chambers Ireland Chamber Awards 2021.

    At the start of the pandemic, it focused its efforts on a business recovery programme, aiding businesses on financial and cash flow matters as well as practical issues that arose as businesses opened their doors after lockdown. 

    With the second wave of lockdown the Chamber realised that while information focused around finance, grants and business supports are still vital for businesses, the mental health of employers, employees and their families is hugely important also.  

    So it partnered with Medtronic, Laya Healthcare, Jigsaw and Yoga Mara, to provide employers and staff in the Western Region with information, support and resources focused on five areas: Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit.

    The initiative is continuing.

  • Galway Chamber of Commerce has launched a new campaign aimed at attracting new companies and investment to the city, and the western region.

    "Why Galway" is an initiative that seeks to bring 40 foreign direct investment companies to the area over the next 5 years, creating some 3,000 additional jobs.

    The campaign also promotes Galway and the West as a location for domestic enterprises and entrepreneurs, and it's supported by Galway Chamber, Galway City Council, IDA Ireland and over 50 groups and organisations.

    While 16 FDI companies have announced or expanded their operations in Galway in the last 3 years, creating over 1200 new jobs, Galway Chamber says they want to ensure that this growth continues, and have launched a website - Whygalway.com -  to provide information on investing, working, living and studying in Galway.

     

  • Plans have been unveiled for the expansion of Galway Technology Centre, a move which is expected to lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in the West over the coming years.

    The office space for start-ups in Galway city was established 25 years ago, and so far has helped over 300 businesses to scale and grow.

    The 2,000 square metre expansion, which is being significantly funded by Enterprise Ireland, will see the total floor area of Galway Technology Centre (GTC) extend to almost 7,000 square metres, with the number of floors in the facility growing from two to four.

    CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery says these plans have been in the pipeline for quite a while.