Corporate Sales & Marketing Manager, Connacht Hospitality Group
I have been a proud member of Galway Chamber of Commerce for the past 15 years and it is an organisation that plays an integral role in our business, The Connacht Hospitality Group. Galway Chamber membership helps us strengthen our connections with the business community in Galway, the large range of networking events such as breakfast seminars, monthly Business After Hours events and Business Lunches are a wonderful opportunity to network and cement relationships.
The extensive marketing services provided to members are excellent to reach the key decision makers. Having the newly refurbished Galway Chamber offices is a great addition. It’s bright fresh look with the warm welcome you always receive from staff provides an excellent space that members can meet in, in the city. The member benefits package that the chamber provide is extensive, they certainly provide members with a broad range of services and should be the first port of call for anyone in business who is looking to expand.
Managing Director, GK Media
Joining Galway Chamber was one of the best business decisions I ever made. Over the past few years I have not only gained a lot more business through networking at various Galway Chamber events but I have also developed a great relationship with like-minded business people in my community.
Meeting different business owners and employees at the monthly meet-ups, it’s amazing how engaging and supportive everyone is with one another. Also by attending a chamber event you get to meet some of the most respected business people in the West of Ireland and it’s at these social events where you can get to know each other and talk about your business in a more relaxed and informal manner.
Whatever you put into the chamber whether it’s attending network meetings or seminars, you get that back at least 10 times. It’s not just about gaining new business, self-education, or forming new relationships; but it’s also a huge benefit to be surrounded by people working in so many different industries and who have been in business for years. We all learn so much from each other and the support is genuine. Every business person starts off somewhere and to be surrounded with people that know and understand this is what gives Galway Chamber its strength and personality.
Finally I need to mention the staff at Galway Chamber – because they are just fantastic! They are extremely supportive and encouraging, and they are one of the best supportive bodies that I have ever come across. In both life and business, it’s all about surrounding yourself with the right people.
Add Value to your Business
Galway Chamber adds value to your business by providing seminars, workshops and information briefings on a wide range of relevant subjects and topics. Topics include social media, finance, marketing & PR, trade & licensing, exporting & innovation support and procurement.
Promote Your Business
Members of Galway Chamber have the opportunity to advertise their products, services or events through our weekly ezines, website, monthly newsletter, targeted mailshots and also our social media outlets. They also have the opportunity to sponsor one of our many events or host our Business After Hours Networking Events. Also central to Galway Chamber’s role is to encourage member to member referrals.
Principal, MacSweeney & Company Solicitors
MacSweeney & Company Solicitors have been proud members of Galway Chamber since the firm’s foundation in 2003. For newly established businesses, in particular, it offers a great platform to extend one’s network. It offers all members the opportunity to share ideas and build connections, to their mutual advantage.
From sector specific conferences to frequent social events (formal and informal), training and short let office space, the chamber offers members cost effective, diverse and practical support. Galway Chamber strongly represents and advocates on behalf of the city and region, providing a crucial voice for business. It has bespoke committees to address key areas such as transport, tourism and regional strategy.
As is so often the case, those who participate enthusiastically in chamber events will inevitably get the most out of it. Galway Chamber has helped MacSweeney & Company to grow its business. It can help your business to grow too.
Extend your Network of Business Contacts
Informing people about your business, and making new contacts is the best way to help your business grow. We give members the opportunity to do this by organising a programme of over 35 events per year. These include Networking events, Business Lunches and Workshops/Seminars. Every event is a chance to connect with other businesses.
International Business Opportunities
Galway Chamber provides support to SMEs seeking to expand to international markets through the provision of the following services: international networking opportunities, trade documentation services, international trade training, and the facilitation of trade missions.
As a member of Chambers Ireland, Galway Chamber is connected to both Eurochambres (the European Chamber of Commerce), and the World Chamber Federation. This allows us to access a number of international trade supports.
Galway Chamber is the influencing Voice of Galway Business
Galway Chamber lobbies locally, nationally and internationally to address and achieve Galway’s business goals. We lobby on issues of concern dictated by our members and work with stakeholders to achieve our goals. By being a member, you strengthen the Chamber’s lobbying power.