Galway Company shortlisted for excellence at national awards

Go West heads East for the Event Industry Awards

Go West, The Conference Management Company based in Galway have been nominated for Best Professional Conference Organiser at this years Event Industry Awards. Launched in 2009, the Event Industry Awards celebrate excellence and showcase the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry. The EIAs is the only awards programme to accolade this excellence.

The gala awards ceremony which takes place this Friday 19th July in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin will be attended by hundreds of leading industry figures, and the past winners list includes a who’s who of Ireland’s event industry.

Established in 1995 by owner/directors Kerry O’Sullivan and Kathleen Mc Donagh, the Go West team have worked on hundreds of National and International conferences providing a full range of conference management services. Go West is a member of the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO) and is one of a limited number of Companies approved by Fáilte Ireland as a Professional Conference Organiser.

Go West employs a staff of six providing clients with conference and event management solutions and support that save them resources and result in a better, more professional conference or event in Ireland.

The company continually strive to attract international business into Ireland and to showcase the country as a truly exceptional place to hold meetings and to give delegates every opportunity to experience all that Ireland has to offer in terms of heritage, culture, and the arts.

Over the past 24 years the Directors of Go West have been heavily involved in promoting Ireland as a tourist destination and a destination for International Meeting and Events.

For several years Go West has worked with the organisers of two home grown Irish conferences that are achieving status and recognition on an International scale including Food on The Edge and dotMD. Both conferences have been recognised by Failte Ireland as having the potential to grow to a scale to attract an International audience.

Looking at how to do business better and more sustainable has been a huge area of development and growth for Go West. Go West have created a Sustainable Event Checklist as the first step in their Sustainable Event Policy. The checklist is intended as a simplified tool to assist Clients. Go West are also working towards a Carbon Neutral Event, so in 2019 as dotMD expands its programme from one to two days of meetings. “We are working closely with organiser, Dr Ronan Kavanagh and Irish Doctors for the Environment to minimise the environmental impact of dotMD,” said Kerry O’Sullivan.

A key area of growth for Go West has been in the building of the Corporate Tours sector within Galway. Go West will facilitate any Corporate Tour in order to showcase just how you can either network or say Thank You to businesses stakeholders or key investors as well as staff of course. Go West can create, plan and deliver engaging events for employees and companies nationwide.

“Our in-house creative team will design a bespoke event proposal including venue, catering, decor and design, guest entertainment and more. Our team can take care of all of the event arrangements from transport, event promotion, ticketing, design and theming, event production and on-site management. Having a venue with a difference can make your event. We create events and Corporate Packages that will wow and ensure that lasting businesses relationships are forged with Galway,” said Kerry

Speaking on their nomination Kathleen McDonagh commented,”  In Go West, we manage all types of corporate events.  This shortlist and the recognition by our industry peers is a huge credit to all the hard work and planning of the Go West Team. Working to promote the west of Ireland is something we love doing and each new year we have strived to continually ensure that each event and conference exceeds expectations. This shortlist for our company is testament to that ongoing work.”

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Team Go West

Colette Lavin, Kerry O Sullivan, Kathleen McDonagh, Aine Beatty, Julieann Faherty. Photo Martina Regan