Galway Chamber finalists attend networking event at Shannon Airport

Galway Chamber Business Awards finalists have been told their innovation and creativity is helping to drive the region, at a networking event hosted by the Shannon Airport Group.

Over 20 shortlisted candidates attended the event at Shannon Airport today, ahead of the Galway Chamber awards next week, which is sponsored by The Shannon Airport Group.

Businesspeople from across tech, hospitality, entertainment, retail and healthcare industries were invited to visit the Shannon Campus where they kicked off their morning at Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) and met with CEO of FMCI Russel Vickers, to learn more about the cutting-edge work being done in the area of driverless cars.

Shortlisted candidates from organisations such as EC Precision, MedScan3D, University of Galway, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens and more, were then welcomed to the airport by CEO of the Shannon Airport Group, Mary Considine.

During the presentation delivered by outgoing Airport Operations and Commercial Director, Niall Maloney, they heard about the rich history of innovation since Shannon Airport opened its doors in 1945.

This included the many firsts at Shannon Airport, from the opening of the world’s first Duty Free shop, established in 1947 (and now a global multi-million-dollar industry), to more recent initiatives like the first airport in the world outside of the Americas to have full United States Preclearance services; the first airport in Europe to open a sensory room; and the first airport in the state to provide a multimillion-euro state-of-the-art screening system that eliminates the need to separate liquids and electronics from cabin bags.

Welcoming the finalists, Mary Considine said, “We are proud to sponsor the Galway Chamber Business Awards again this year. The awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge the innovation, talent and entrepreneurial spirit which is thriving in the Galway region, and our event at Shannon today allowed the finalists to network and to learn about the many facets to the work of the Shannon Airport Group.

“We’d like to congratulate all of the finalists and wish them the very best for the future. Their innovation and creativity are having a significant impact on driving business for the West of Ireland.

Commenting on the networking event, CEO of the Galway Chamber, Kenny Deery said, “It is wonderful to have the Shannon Airport Group as our main sponsor for the 9th year running, and we really appreciate their support. Today’s event was a fantastic chance for our finalists to network before our black-tie awards ceremony next week, and to hear about the impact the Shannon Airport Group is having on the region.

The Galway Chamber Business Awards, sponsored by The Shannon Airport Group takes place on Friday November 18th at The Galmont Hotel.