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Get Gifts features in the Sunday Times

Louise was lucky enough to be interviewed on her new staff incentive scheme – Get Gifts.ie, for the Sunday Times on the 3rd of March 2016.

Staff incentive benefits are crystal clear

Motivating existing employees and recruiting new ones has become a real art, writes Sandra O’Connell

Ms. Lonergan says companies ‘want to reward the people they have and generally put a bit of buzz back into the workplace’ 

An increasingly tight labour market is providing Louise Lonergan with opportunities for business growth. Lonergan Corporate Gifts, was set up in 1998 to provide “length of service” and “safety record” awards for the employees of large companies. A chance request by a multinational client in 2015 prompted her to develop a new line of business.

“We were asked to set up an incentive scheme whereby all its 3,000 employees could get points that allowed them to log on to our site and choose from a variety of gifts — from luggage to electronic goods and jewellery — which we then delivered to all 3,000 homes,” said Lonergan.

The result was GetGifts.ie, a new dedicated online staff-incentive gift scheme. The website does not formally launch until April 4, yet customers are already lining up. “Because there were so many redundancies, companies didn’t want to be seen as spending money on incentives,” she said.

“Now things have changed and employers are keen to show appreciation. They want to reward the people they have and generally put a bit of buzz back into the workplace.”

Read the full article here.

iCAN – Our Chosen Charity

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Lonergan Corporate Gifts chosen charity this year is iCAN Ireland. iCAN is a parent-run network providing support, information and advocating for best care for those affected by Juvenile Arthritis. iCAN is 100% volunteer based and 100% funds by iCAN raised go towards making things better for kids with Arthritis in Ireland!

Besides iCAN doing great work, we here at Lonergan’s have another reason for wanting to support such a great charity – Zoe Lonergan (Our MD Louise Lonergan’s niece) is scheduled for a stem cell transplant – also known as a Bone Marrow Transplant – in hopes of curing her condition of systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – a potentially life-threatening disease. The family of this four-year-old girl with crippling arthritis are praying for a stem cell donor to prevent the condition damaging her organs. You can read more here.

The transplant process can last several months in Newcastle and the family will receive no financial assistance from the HSE or the Irish government to help cover these expenses except for 2 plane tickets for Zoe and her mum. Zoe’s family need to raise funds for the months they will be in Newcastle for: travel for dad Dave, accommodation, food, taxi’s etc.

Can you give a few euros to help ease the financial burden on Zoe’s family during this essential and potentially life-saving procedure? 100% of your donation will go directly to Zoe and her family to help them through this very trying time. You can help make a difference. Every euro helps – please give whatever you can – every little bit means so much – www.idonate.ie/icanhelp

Best wishes to Zoe from Lonergan Corporate Gifts. Fight on, little princess!

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Our New Customer Satisfaction Survey

Here at Lonergan Corporate Gifts we take our customer service very seriously and we are continuously striving to improve and provide a better service. As part of our New Year Resolution we are looking for feedback on how we did and how we can improve our service to you.

So here is a chance to air your views on how we are doing. Please click on the link here or the image below to start.

Customer Service survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JWXDKR

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce

Lonergan Corporate Gifts has recently been admitted to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce – Check out our Chamber of Commerce profile here.

We are also very pleased to announce that we are supplying the prizes for the Envirocom Awards for 2015! Now in their ninth year, the Awards are organised by the Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Scroll down to see the finalists. We wish them all the best of luck!

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The Awards Categories and Finalists are:

Best Example of Waste Prevention  
Sodexo
Stillorgan Park Hotel
    
Best Example of Water Conservation
AIB
SOS Cleaning Services

Best Example of Energy Management 
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
Foxrock Golf Club
Tesco-Hevac

Best Example of a Green Transport Initiative    
Cherrywood Science & Technology Park
Flynn Transport
SSE Airtricity

Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects < 50 employees/volunteers  
Doyle’s Nursery
Environmental Risk Solutions

Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects > 50 employees/volunteers    
BIM
Dun and Bradstreet

Best Example of Environmental Performance < 50 employees/volunteers    
MBSL Accountants
Winnie’s Craft Café

Best Example of Environmental Performance > 50 employees/volunteers 
AIB
Indaver Ireland Ltd.
Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel

Micro-enterprise Award    
TechWorks Marine
Forgotten China

Environmental Innovation
To Be Decided by Judging Panel

Marie-Therese Swan, Louise Lonergan and Lisa Harlow.

International Women’s Day at Intel

To celebrate International Women’s day, Intel in Leixlip, hosts a lunch every year promoting local women in business. This year two women from Lonergan Corporate Gifts were invited to attend the event on the 12th of March.

 

Intel Women

 

“Intel are dedicated to building an innovative and diverse supply chain reflecting the market and supporting the communities we work in.  Intel believes that when an individual’s ideas are given the chance to flourish, the results are overwhelmingly positive for the entire community. Intel was created by entrepreneurs and supported by the people who believed in them, and Intel Ireland would like to celebrate this entrepreneurship with our Women owned Suppliers who support our local needs.”

 

After an amazing buffet lunch, Malachy Fergus, GER Strategic Sourcing Manager, kicked off the day by providing an update on how the Women Owned Suppliers Intel program has progressed in the past year, both at a local and global level. Members of the Intel procurement team were on hand to answer any questions anyone had, as well as distributing a survey that looked into key skills areas need for growing an entrepreneurship. This was with an eye to developing a training program at a later stage.

The real high point of the day though was the chance to hear from three women who own their own business, and are examples of success. Women who have grown their sales in Intel over the last 12 months: Francine O’Byrne, Managing Director at The Relocation Bureau Ltd.,  Emma Murphy, Sales and Marketing Director of Party Mad and our very own Louise Lonergan, Managing Director of Lonergan Corporate Gifts!

Louise Lonergan at Intel International Women's Day

Sunday Irish Times interview

Louise was lucky enough to be interviewed on her recruitment and business techniques for the Sunday Irish Times on the 14th of December 2014.

 

How to hire the higher fliers.

As competition hots up, there is a battle for the best recruits, writes Sandra O’Connell

 

After cutting her workforce from five to three during the recession, Louise Lonergan finally has recruitment on her mind. While a positive sign, it’s also a cause for concern.

She set up Lonergan Corporate Gifts, which provides a gift selection and delivery service for corporate clients, in 1998, but it is the events that followed a decade later that are foremost in her mind. “In June 2008 the phone just stopped ringing,” she said. “We had to re-engineer the business to remain profitable.”

From the middle of 2014, the company finally started to see growth again. “Ideally we hope to take on a salesman next year but we’re nervous,” she said.

Recruitment costs more than just a salary. “For a small business like mine, it’s the time it takes to train someone up, particularly at a time when existing staff are already stretched to the max,” she said. “Also, there’s the worry of getting the wrong person. That has a much bigger impact on a small company than it would on a big one.”

If and when she does identify the right candidate, she faces a further challenge: how to compete against bigger companies that have deeper pockets.

“The best way we can compete is with flexibility,” she said “Nine times out of ten, the people we take on here are mothers who want to work in a place that lets them nip out for the school run, or finish early to be with their kids.

“It has helped us find really well qualified staff we wouldn’t otherwise be able to get.”