World Earth Day

World Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

World Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to take a look at you and your staff’s everyday lifestyle and assess how you could be a little more eco-friendly. Many people think that “going green” has to involve huge, inconvenient lifestyle changes, but in reality, even small swaps can make a big difference in the overall health of our planet.

Great Place To Work Sponsorship

The Lonergan Group are proud new to announce that we have sponsored the Best Irish workplaces event 2022 for Great Place to Work. Ireland’s Best Workplaces™ in 2022 were publicly announced during the live Awards, on Wednesday the 23rd of March at 4 PM and the Lonergan Group provided all bespoke awards to the winners. Congratulations to all involved.

Email or alternatively call us on +353 01 601 2601 if you wish to reward your staff with our range of solutions and care pack options.

Louise at WEConnect Florida

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Unique Ideas can Grow

“Sometimes a side project can grow into something much bigger”


This small business owner explains how she turned her company around with a unique idea.

Read the article here:


“Sometimes a side project can grow into something much bigger” – Fora


When I started my own company almost 20 years ago, I’m pretty sure I had no idea what a recession was. It never occurred to be that the outside world could impact on my little life. It was kind of like: if you keep your head low enough, the bullies might not spot you in the schoolyard. Lonergan Corporate Gifts which at that time only sold high-end, branded gifts to companies looking to woo clients had its best year ever in 2007. We were preparing to scale up during the coming 12 months. However, by the following summer, the phone stopped ringing. My best telesales people couldn’t get any appointments. Christmas is usually a busy time for us, but our sales just didn’t deliver in 2008.By January, I had to part with some really good staff who had done nothing wrong. We were in the luxury sector, so we felt the effects of the downturn pretty quickly and I had to trim the fat everywhere I could. With that in mind, here’s how I managed to turn my business around with a unique idea that made it a profitable operation again. Motivated by family First of all, I got my family on board to help steady the ship. My crane-driving husband, Joe, had been let go, so he started working with us during the day and drove a taxi at night. That went on for a number of years with very little return. The fact that we were both taking a salary from the company put added pressure on the firm to perform well.I’m aware now that it’s not a great idea to have all your eggs in the same basket. It’s worrying, but it can be good motivator too.My accountant at the time would often ask me how I did it all. It seemed like such a silly question to me. I had two children to look after I would’ve cleaned the streets if I needed to.My brother Aidan pitched in as well and that helped us keep the company going while we looked for ways to give our business model a makeover.

Useful accident

While we still sell high-end promotional gifts to this day, we’ve ventured into selling products for employee incentive schemes and reward programmes.

That part of the business came about almost by accident but it’s what saved us.

Without fully realising it, we had started a separate part of our business during the nineties.

We covered service awards for Wyeth, which is now Pfizer, where we would personally deliver gifts to their 300 staff.

Out of that came the idea for, a human resources reward and recognition programme that we launched a couple of years ago. HR managers use it to buy rewards for staff that hit certain sales targets or reach a milestone in their careers.

It also takes advantage of the small benefits exemption scheme, where employees can receive a tax-free, non-cash bonus of up to €500 every year.

Once we accidentally found that niche, we put all of our resources into it.

When we couldn’t grow our promotional goods sales, we put all of our energy into getting onto the HR departments at the countries top companies so we could become their preferred supplier for gifts.

It just goes to show that sometimes what starts off as a sort of side project can grow into something bigger.

I love the gifts industry now. I get to help HR teams at big companies make their staff feel valued for all their hard work.

Our research has shown that when companies spend even just 1% of their payroll on recognising their employees’ hard work, it can make such a huge difference.


My last piece of advice for anyone who is looking to turn around a struggling business is to work with customers you like and find yourself a mentor.

My mentor was financial consultant John Crawley. He took me under his wing and helped me believe in myself again.

John reminded me I am the one who sets the bar I am the only one who can get my hands dirty and get stuff done.

I have three children now, so the bar is even higher today than it was during our tough years. I hope I’ll be ahead of the curve from now on. With the help of my family and friends, I am pretty sure I can be.

Louise Lonergan is chief executive of Lonergan Corporate Gifts.

Corporate gifts used to be about champagne – now firms demand tokens that will last

Corporate gifts used to be about champagne – now firms demand tokens that will last.

THE CORPORATE GIFTING game used to be all about glitz and glamour.

Back in the Celtic Tiger years, Louise Lonergan, founder and chief executive of Lonergan Corporate Gifts, would be asked to deliver brand-name suitcases stuffed with champagne and a host of crazy requests from businesses looking to woo clients.

I don’t think there is anything extravagant (about it) anymore, Lonergan tells Fora. Everybody is trying to spend their money as carefully as possible and work to the budget that they’re working to.

When marketing spending suffered deep cuts during the recession, the rug was pulled from the flashy world of corporate gift buying.

These days, Lonergan says, companies are more interested in offering a token of appreciation to loyal staff who stuck with them during the bad years than splashing out on expensive gimmicks.

That’s why Lonergan?s business has expanded into the service awards area, where companies reward employees for a job well done or for reaching a career milestone.

A lot of (workers) are doing two or three people’s jobs, she says. Companies are trying to create a buzz again and let their staff know that they’re thankful for all the work that they’ve done.

High-profile clients like Pfizer and Diageo have used such a service for a number of years, but it was only in April last year that Lonergan decided to formalise the facility with Get Gifts, an online gift catalogue.

Get Gifts takes advantage of the small benefits exemption scheme, where employees can receive a tax-free, non-cash bonus of up to €500 every year.

Bosses provide workers with a login to the site so they can decide how they wish to spend their bonus from a selection of gifts like laptops, hotel breaks and furniture.

With about 20,000 items on offer from 100 suppliers, Lonergan jokes that she’s a bit like the Only Fools and Horses character Del Boy: All I need now is a three-wheel van.

Better off with gifts

Citing research from human resources consultants Towers Watson, Lonergan claims that companies are better off giving a non-cash gift than hard cash if they want to boost staff morale.

?You can imagine the daddy opening the television when it’s delivered to his house and his kids are excited about what he’s after getting, she says.

There is a certain sentimentality attached to tangible objects.

A lot of people when they work for 25 or 30 years, they want to get a memento of their work, something that will last, she says.

That’s why she is interested in expanding Get Gifts to include what she calls a reward and recognition scheme, a points-based system where workers collect points for completing certain good deeds like covering a bank holiday shift or training colleagues outside regular work hours. They can redeem a gift when they’ve accumulated enough reward points.

One company has already signed up to use the service, but there are still some administrative kinks to work out before more clients come on board.

These things take time because each company has to figure out how it’s going to run it and what points different staff get and why she explains.


Lonergan’s core team is small, with four workers on the books for most of the year. Seasonal staff come on board to help out during the busy end-of-year period.

When contractors are taken into account delivery drivers, embroiderers, printers and the like Lonergan works with up 95 people at any given time.

Like most small businesses, Lonergan says her biggest challenge is cash flow, which she expects will continue to be a difficulty in 2017.

When you’re dealing with very large companies, their (payment) terms are usually 45 to 90 days, she says. You can imagine if you have to pay upfront for a products it’s difficult to manage.

Ironically, she is also competing with her big-name clients to attract tech talent, another common problem for small business owners.

A few years ago, Lonergan’s bank manager said they weren’t sure how she was still in business, given that many competing promotional gift firms failed during the recession.

She attributes her survival to rebuilding her business to suit changing attitudes.

You would’ve thought that corporate gifting was the first thing to go, she says. I hope that says something about the company.

Lonergan Corporate Gifts will exhibit at Showcase Ireland, a craft and design business trade show, in the RDS, 22 to 25 January.


Individualisation, the Key to Staff Motivation

Whether you’re rewarding for effort or gifting for staff motivation, individualisation of recognition is key!

Staff MotivationThe global leading experts on engagement research (Gallup) have shown in their latest analysis of 10,000 workgroups in 30 industries when it comes to recognition, individualization is paramount and many people prefer tangible rewards or gifts. In order for recognition to be meaningful, it must be tailored to the recipient’s preferences.

GetGifts reward and recognition programmes gives employees a choice over their own reward; one that is personal, relevant and individual to them.

Contact us for a free consultation on a tailored staff motivation and recognition programme for your organisation

Why is Reward & Recognition important? Some statistics;

From an article by Jessica Lee, an Organisational Psychologist who works internationally specialising in Learning & Organisational Development. She is founder of Jessica Lee Consulting  Advancing Business through Psychology –

Get Gifts features in the Sunday Times

Get Gifts in the Sunday Times

Louise was lucky enough to be interviewed on her new staff incentive scheme – Get, 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, 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

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 from 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 –

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

Wishing our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas Small

Dear Valued Customer, the team here at Lonergan Corporate Gifts would like to wish you and yours all the best this Merry Christmas and hope you have a prosperous New Year.

Thank you for your continued support and business. We look forward to hearing from you in the New Year. We hope to be in regular contact with you next year.

Already thinking of 2016? Let us know when you would like to set up a meeting. You can never be too prepared.

Kindest Regards,

The Lonergan Corporate Gifts Team.

Christmas Opening Hours:

We close on the 24th of December until the 5th of January 2016.

Emergency Contact: 086-8271434

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

DLR Chamber announces winners of 2015 Envirocom Awards

Envirocom Awards

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, at the 9th Annual Envirocom Awards, held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, announced the 10 winners of this year’s Awards. The Awards were presented by Alex White, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources together with DLR County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Barry Saul, and Kevin Kelly, President of DLR Chamber.

The 2015 Awards, now in their 9th year, were open to businesses, not for profits and public organisations located within Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County. Awards were supplied by ourselves in Lonergan Corporate Gifts. Photos with thanks to Paul Sherwood Photography.

Category 1 – Best Example of Water Conservation  sponsored by WEEE Ireland
Winner: SOS Cleaning Services who invested in a new pulse mopping system which resulted in using 96% less water.

Category 2 – Best Example of Waste Prevention sponsored by WEEE Ireland
Winner: Sodexo Ireland who initiated Wasteless Week in 2015 to reduce food and material waste.

Category 3 – Best Example of Energy Management sponsored by SEAI
Winner: Foxrock Golf Club saved €19,000 in annual heating and lighting costs.

Category 4 – Best Example of Green Transport Initiative sponsored by SEAI
Winner: SSE Airtricity initiated a comprehensive programme to encourage staff to use more sustainable means of commuting to work.

Category 5 – Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects sponsored by Amgen
Winner: Environmental Risk Solutions who provide strategic environmental risk advice.

Category 6 – Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects (more than 50 employees/volunteers) sponsored by Amgen
Winner: Dun and Bradstreet Ireland who have an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System in their organisation.

Category 7 – Best Example of Environmental Performance (less than 50 Employees/Volunteers ) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency
Winner: Winnie’s Craft Caf which has built sustainability into their structure and business model.

Category 8 – Best Example of Environmental Performance (more than 50 Employees/volunteers) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency
Winner: Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel who hold the Gold Award from the Green Hospitality Awards Programme

Category 9 – Micro-Enterprise sponsored by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Winner: Techworks Marine who build state of the art buoys and proprietary systems that provide real-time monitoring of water quality, tides, currents, wind and related data.

Category 10 – Environmental Innovation  sponsored by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Winner: Flynn Transport who have invested in a Fleetmatics system which monitors fuel consumption efficiency and records fuel waste