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Ardkeen Quality Food Store announced as Overall Business of the Year

 

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A shortlist of thirty-three companies from all across Waterford were honoured at the third annual Waterford Business Awards, which were held on Friday evening (March 3rd) at Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort.

 

Topping the eleven categories were Waterford Healing Arts Trust in Arts, Culture & Heritage; Liberty Blue Estate Agents for Best Small Business; Solas Cancer Support Centre for Community & Social Enterprise; GIY in the Food & Agri category; FundRecs in Research, Innovation & Technology; Kearney Engineering in Manufacturing & Industry; Blackwater Distillery in the Emerging New Business category, Ardkeen Quality Food Store in Retail, Clem Jacob Hire in Services, Cantec in Customer Service Excellence and in Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway.

 

 

This year there was also a new Judge’s Special Recognition Award, which was presented to Tom Brennan and Patsy Carney of EirGen Pharma by Paul Nolan on behalf of sponsors Dawn Meats for their tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic climate of Waterford and for inspiring others through their exceptional commitment, motivation, and vision.

 

 

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Adam Wyse concluded the awards ceremony by announcing Ardkeen Quality Food Store as the Overall Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

 

Around 250 guests attended the prestigious event, which was organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm. The top Waterford businesses were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy.

 

Commenting at the gala dinner, Cllr Wyse said: “Tonight is about the people in this room keeping our city moving and bringing people onto our streets. In this room we have 33 people, 33 families, 33 stories and we gave a responsibility to make sure that each of their stories are a success.

 

Mayor Wyse, went on to say, “Now in 2017 the people of Waterford have the opportunity to dream again. The potential of the North Quays is something we didn’t have before and opens up massive opportunity to attract high skill jobs. It is encouraging to see that a plan is in place for an Ireland of tomorrow.”

 

Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, Ardkeen Quality Food Store was presented with a custom design perpetual trophy. The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all eleven categories. An independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Frank O’Regan, and including Bill Halley, Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel; TV Honan, Spraoi; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. 

 

Speaking on the night, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate Ardkeen Quality Food Store on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. It is great to see a family run business being recognised for all their hard work.

 

“Tonight has seen so many winners come to the fore and their achievements to date have been remarkable.The aim of these awards is to promote and celebrate individuals and businesses who are making a valuable contribution to the economic life in Waterford City and County.”

  

Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Dawn Meats, Cpl Resources, AIB Bank, Faithlegg House Hotel, Waterford Gift Voucher, KBC Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Medite Smartply, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford City Enterprise Centre, RIKON and Waterford Airport. Media partners for the event were WLR FM.

 

Photos by David Murphy Photography.

 

 
Waterford Business Awards Shortlist

 

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Thirty-three of Waterford’s top businesses have been shortlisted for the third annual Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm.

 

The gala awards ceremony will take place on Friday, 3rd March in Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort, where the selected businesses will be celebrated for their extraordinary contribution to the economic life of Waterford.

 

Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said, “This is the third year of the Waterford Business Awards and the calibre of entrants continues to grow each year. We are delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding work that is going on in Waterford City and County and to laud and encourage our business providers as they continue to make Waterford a great place to live, work and do business. We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and look forward to a great night of celebration on March 3rd in Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort.”

 

Commenting on the decision making process Frank O’Regan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “We are now into our third year of judging the Waterford Business Awards and I think it’s fair to say it’s not getting any easier! We were so impressed by the standard of applications this year. There have been many, many debates around the judging table and I can honestly say it was a very tough decision making process. We added an additional category this year and we also have a Special Recognition Award which will be announced on the night. Sadly, it is not possible to shortlist everybody but having reviewed each application, I can confidently say the future is bright for business in Waterford.”

 

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for the eleven categories. An independent judging panel, including Bill Halley, Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; John Noonan, Flahavans; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel, TV Honan, Spraoi and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application.

 

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the eleven categories and the winners of those categories will then go head to head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council. A Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Dawn Meats, will also be presented to an individual chosen by the judging panel and will only be revealed on the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Waterford Business Awards 2016

 

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Waterford Business Awards following the official launch of the 12 award categories at an event on Tuesday, 13th September at the Medieval Museum in Waterford City.

 

The Awards which are organised by Waterford Chamber and supported by Waterford City & County Council and WLR FM are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses and business leaders in Waterford and they will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of twelve different categories.

 

Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber President, Laurent Borla said, “We are delighted that the number of categories has increased this year from 10 to 12 and we are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their ongoing support and commitment to the Waterford Business Awards. We have been hugely impressed by the energy and resilience of businesses in Waterford and wish to acknowledge the important role played by business in driving our local economy forward.”

 

The twelve categories comprise of Arts, Culture & Heritage sponsored by Cpl Resources; Best in Retail sponsored by Waterford Gift Voucher; Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sponsored by Waterford Airport; Community & Social Enterprise sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel; Customer Service Excellence sponsored by KBC Bank; Emerging New Business sponsored by City Enterprise Centre; Food & Agri Business sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers; Manufacturing & Industry sponsored by WIT; Research, Innovation & Technology sponsored by Medite SmartPly; Services sponsored by RIKON; Best Small Business sponsored by AIB Bank; a Special Recognition Award sponsored by Dawn Meats and an Overall Business of the Year Award which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

 

The independent judging panel includes former Chamber President, Frank O’Regan; Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, Beat 102-103 / WLR; John Noonan, E. Flahavan & Sons; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; Louise Grubb, NutriScience, Q1 Scientific; Noel Kelly, Nypro; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and TV Honan, Waterford Spraoi.

 

The Awards are now closed for entries. Shortlisted businesses in each category will be announced in early 2017.

 
nearForm announced as Overall Business of the Year

 

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A shortlist of thirty companies from all across Waterford were honoured at the second annual Waterford Business Awards, which were held on Friday evening (March 5th) at Faithlegg House Hotel.

 

Topping the ten categories were Garter Lane Arts Centre in Arts and Culture; EveryEvent for Best Small Business; Waterford Hospice for Community & Social Enterprise; Flahavan’s in the Food & Agri category; nearForm in Innovation & Technology; Teva Pharmaceuticals in Manufacturing & Industry; Suir Sprayers in the Best New Business category, Caulfield’s SuperValu in Retail, Dataworks in Services and in Tourism & Hospitality, Winterval took the title, while the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Award was nearForm.

 

Over 200 guests attended the prestigious event, which was organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm. The top Waterford businesses were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy.

 

The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John Cummins presented nearForm with their award and commenting at the gala dinner, he said: “As Mayor of Waterford City and County I want to congratulate all of the nominees for this the 2nd annual Waterford Business Awards. This evening’s event gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect and acknowledge the excellent work being done locally to advance Waterford in business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Great strides have been made in the past 12 months in terms of employment both in the multinational and SME sectors and I am confident, that given the depth of talent here tonight that Waterford’s future is extremely bright.”

 

 

Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, nearForm was presented with a custom design perpetual trophy. The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all ten categories. An independent judging panel, including Bill Halley, Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. 

 

 

Commenting on the occasion Michael O’Dwyer, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate nearForm on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. Tonight has seen so many winners come to the fore and their achievements to date have been remarkable.The aim of these awards is to promote and celebrate individuals and businesses who are making a valuable contribution to the economic life in Waterford City and County.

 

“The time for growth is here - Waterford and the South East region must drive forward. We must continue to work together to build on that, to grow our indigenous businesses, to educate, to support and to make the wider business community aware that Waterford is a great place to live, work and do business.”

 

 

Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Genzyme, AIB Bank, Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coillte Panel Products, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford City Enterprise Centre, Clock Tower Car Park, RIKON and Waterford Airport. Media partners for the event were WLR FM.

 

 
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