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1. Galway Races Brexit Factor

2. The 3 Biggest Challenges to Public Sector Projects in  2016

3. 3 Contributors to Ireland's Disappearing Fiscal Space 2016 - 2019

4. The 2 main reasons for failure within Start-ups and In-Company Improvement Projects

5. Change of Company Name under new Companies Act 2014 


Galway Races Brexit Factor

The year 2018 is the 149th Galway Racing Festival.. The Galway Races Summer Festival along with other festivals in the City contributes to Ireland’s Tourism industry providing 230,000 jobs nationwide.

Galway Races

 

The short term impact to Irish tourism of Brexit has been the sharp weakening of sterling against the euro. There has been a substantial drop in the number of UK visitors to Ireland this year as the post-Brexit fall in sterling has made it more expensive to travel.  Outbound travel from Great Britain could see a decline of over 1 million trips because of Brexit and as a result the sport of kings at the Galway Festival will suffer. The number of visitors from the UK has decreased by over 10 per cent this year so far. Last year the Summer Festival attracted 150,000 people and contributed over €50 million to the local economy. The Galway Festivals rely on British visitors to the City and is likely to be impacted more this year as competitiveness weakens. The value of sterling has weakened by more than 15% since the Brexit vote meaning that the British visitor now finds Irish holidays more expensive.

Britain is Ireland’s largest overseas market, and brought in excess of €1.2 billion last year 2016. Two out of every five visitors to Ireland in 2016 were from Britain. British consumers are more concerned with good value for money and competitively priced air and sea fares than visitors from other countries.  In 2015 when the pound was relatively strong against the euro, British visitors were the most critical of the expensiveness of holidaying in Ireland. Galway businesses must realize that overseas visitors to Galway festivals will dry up quickly if holiday costs are not competitive.  Businesses in the Hospitality sector nationally could face revenue losses in excess of €80 million this year as the impact of Brexit hits the spending power of British tourists.

The Irish racing industry, will suffer further in the medium to long term as the effect of a hard Brexit kick in. For example border controls and checkpoints would end the free movement of racehorses between Ireland and Britain. Racehorses will be impacted with border hold-ups, when travelling from Ireland to the UK. The increased costs associated with transport, tariffs, border delays and weaker sterling will all contribute to a drop in UK entries to Irish races. Sellers or selling races would be impacted with the application of WTO tariffs which would apply to buying and selling geldings back and forth to the UK after a hard Brexit. There are 16 English-trained horses entered in the Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle in 2017.  Time will tell the real impact of Brexit on the Galway racing festival.



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The 3 Biggest Challenges to Public Sector Projects in 2016




Public Sector Projects - The 5 Biggest Challenges


   

1. Identification of outcomes.  The public sector project environment involves stakeholders with conflicting agendas.

2. Determination of the criteria for measuring success. The needs of the users of the final product can be difficult to assess amid varying political influences.

3. Competition for resources. The public sector project environment is subject to changing management priorities, particularly in times of political instability.


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3 Contributors to Ireland's Disappearing Fiscal Space 2016 - 2019

                                                   
Fiscal Space

        1.        ‘Inversions’– Long Term

Corporate inversion is a term for the relocation of a corporation's legal domicile to a country with a lower rate of corporation tax. Continued measures by the US treasury to stem the flow of inversions will adversely affect the Irish Economy’s Fiscal Space. The impact will be felt as a gradual process over the next decade.

        2.        ‘Immigration’– Short Term

Immigration will impact on the Irish economy both directly and indirectly.

- Directly as immigrants are integrated into our economy - initial welfare payments and social housing provided will far outweigh tax contributions from migrants.

- Indirectly as the fiscal space of other EU countries contracts due to initial costs of immigrant integration.  The initial slowdown will have a short term effect on Irish exports.

        3.       ‘China’s economic Slowdown’– Short Term.

The recession in China will also have an indirect effect on our exports as it will impact all countries who supply them with goods and services. Disappearing Fiscal Space will lead to Disappearing Public Sector Projects.

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The 2 main reasons for failure within Start-ups and In-Company Improvement Projects

1. Quite often, people who become expert in their technical and operational roles are given project management responsibility. In many cases major issues arise on projects managed by competent technical individuals who do not possess the complimentary project management skills.

2. Almost nine out of ten start-ups fail. The major reason for these failures is that the original idea was not thought through properly.

To deal with these issues Boyle Practical Project Management have designed an on-line project management course covering every area of effective project management planning. This project management course is for anyone who is currently working on or about to commence work on a project or engaged with a Start-up. The course is an assignment based production of your project plan. Each section of project plan shall be explained within the course material, starting with project definition and ending with project closeou

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Change of Company Name under new Companies Act 2014

The Companies Act 2014 requires that each company type be included as part of the company name. For some types of company this will require an alteration to be made to its name. The companies most affected are companies converting to or re-registering as Designated Activity Companies or Private Guarantee Companies.Boyle Practical Project Management is currently assisting Limited companies to come to grips with the Companies Act f. BPPM give the steps for companies to make the transition themselves in the form of an implementation plan.

Boyle Practical Project Management is now also assisting Designated Activity Companies (DAC) and Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG) to come to grips with the Companies Act. The Implementation of the Act for DAC.’s and CLG.’s is somewhat more precarious than for Ltd.’s because of the name change requirement. The Companies Act 2014 provides that company names must include the company type suffix at the end of its name, unless exempted. The Companies Registration Office (CRO) has issued a number of Information Leaflets relating to the Act.

The Legislation

A company can change their name by filing a Change of Company Name Special Resolution G1Q, amended the Constitution and submit fee of €50 if filed on line/€100 on paper. The types of companies directly affected are Private Guarantee Companies and Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG). Private guarantee companies are deemed to be Designated Activity Companies (DAC). These companies do not need to convert to DAC status but must make an adjustment to their company names. All Designated Activity Companies, which are limited by guarantee, must have the words “Designated Activity Company” or “Cuideachta Ghníomhaíochta Ainmnithe” at the end of their name unless exempted.

The words “designated activity company” may be abbreviated to “d.a.c.” or “dac” (including either such abbreviation in capitalised form) in any usage after the company’s registration by any person including the DAC. The words “cuideachta ghníomhaíochta ainmnithe” may be abbreviated to “c.g.a.” or “cga” (including either such abbreviation in capitalised form) in any usage after the company’s registration by any person including the DAC.

Companies which are limited by guarantee and do not have a share capital are deemed to be Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG) under section 1189. There is a requirement for Companies Limited by Guarantee to have the company type added to the end of the company name.  All newly incorporated Companies Limited by Guarantee will have the company type at the end of their name from 1st June 2015, unless exemption is granted under section 1180.  “Company Limited by Guarantee” or “Cuideachta faoi theorainn Ráthaíochta” must form the end of the company name. Companies limited by guarantee are governed by Part 18 of the new Companies Act.

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If a company does not change the name of the company and submit an amended constitution using Form N3 during the transition period, the will change the name of the company and issue a new certificate of incorporation (unless the company already has an exemption).  In certain circumstance companies may be left with unnecessarily complex name, where they have been changed by Registrar of Companies. These are some samples:

THE SAMPLE INSURANCE COMPANY DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY

SAMPLE NAME FINANCIAL SERVICES HOLDING COMPANY DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY

THE SAMPLE LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY

Other Implications

Changes to the company name will affect company letterheads, stationery and signage. Any documentation submitted to the CRO after the end of the transition period (30th November 2016) which bears the incorrect name will be refused. The Act provides that the correct company name must be displayed on all websites. Directors must ensure that they are prepared for a change in company name. Your business name has changed and you may want your domain to reflect this to maintain consistent branding.  Every company that has a website is also required to display either on its homepage or to be identified on its homepage, a readily accessible webpage on which the following appear:

(a) the name and legal form of the company

(b) place of registration of the company and the number with which it is registered

(c) address of the registered office of the company

(d) in the case of a company exempt from the obligation to use the company type as part of its name, the fact that it is such a company type (applies to Designated Activity Companies and Companies Limited by Guarantee only)

(e) in the case of a company which is being wound up, the fact that it is being wound up

(f) if the share capital of a company is mentioned on the website, the reference must be to the issued share capital

 

There are a number of issues which Directors must consider in circumstances where the company name is about to change.  It is advisable to try and identify the relevant issues and to put plans in place to avoid any difficulties before the company name changes (whether voluntarily by converting or by the name change being applied by the CRO).  Implementation of a company name change is normally phased in to ensure cost-effectiveness, beginning with regulatory compliance, continuing with updating on-line materials stationary and signage with the subsequent amendments to 3rd party databases.

What Needs To Be Done

The work schedule for Boyle Practical Project Management Project Implementation Plans for the Companies Act 2014 looks like this:

The actions needed to be tyaken when changing Company Name

The Sting In The Tail 

The hidden danger for companies active on social media platforms is with changing their company page names, business page names, verified business accounts, handles etc., on the various social media platforms.  It may not be straightforward to change company names on these sites without losing followers, likes etc.

Project Delivery

What the Project Implementation Plans for the Companies Act 2014 contain:

1.       These are practical workable plans to enable Companies to make the transition to the new company type in a structured way.

2.       Plans are streamlined to deal with specific company types, either Designated Activity Company, Limited Company or Company Limited by Guarantee.

3.       Gives the objectives for converting and provides windows of opportunity to expand the scope to take advantage of the changes.

4.       Examines some general risks associated with the conversion.

5.      The plans outline the criteria for choosing the appropriate structure to be adopted.

6.       Provides the process for gaining members agreement or otherwise.

7.       Provides a fully resourced, costed (in hours) and time-lined activity schedule.

9.       Indicates the resource inputs to enable delegation of activities to named individuals.

10.    Highlights the section numbers of the Act under which the actions are required.


 
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