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Quishs Deloitte AwardQuish’s Super Valu has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance 7th year, was recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 1st March 2019.

This year, 12 new companies join a network of 136 companies that were awarded the status of Best Managed. The Best Managed Companies network this year has total revenues of almost €11 billion, export sales of almost €3 billion and total employment of approximately 44,000 people.

Commenting on the award Cormac Quish said “ We are delighted to have requalified as a Deloitte Best Managed Company platinum standard. It’s been a great process over the years to raise our standards and has helped drive us on in business and in pursuit and winning of other awards through the years. This year we have won many other awards also. Our store in Tramore won the national Q-mark award for hygiene and food safety for the second time in 3 years, and they won the Medium off-licence of the year award at the Dylan’s Wine Store of the year awards also for the second time. Also this year our store in West Village Ballincollig won Ireland’s Best Dairy and Cheese counter at the Checkout Best In Fresh awards for the fifth year and our instore kitchen in West Village won a 4th Blas na hEireann gold medal for our seafood chowder. Having the highest standards in freshfood, quality, service and value is Quish’s Super Valu is about. Winning these awards helps us to show our customers how high our standards are as they are judged by objective panels of experts in the field.

We have also added a new store to the group in February of this year in Ballincollig county Cork and have revamped this store to one of the most modern and fresh supermarkets in the country. This was a challenge that we were in good shape to achieve from the high standards the Deloitte Best Managed Company awards helped us to set.”

Anya Cummins, Partner, Deloitte said: “Well done to all of the winning companies on their achievement. The Best Managed Companies process is a rigorous one, examining every facet of an organisation, and the bar is set high by our judging panel. As ever, the spread of companies, right around the country and across a number of industries, underlines the importance of Irish and Northern Irish companies to the economy and in the midst of economic uncertainty, technology disruption, an open competitive market and full employment, the continued strong performance of these businesses is admirable. In the current environment, it is important for this contribution to be recognised, supported and showcased.”

Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “It’s a challenging time for businesses in general, with the operating environment consistently and rapidly changing, due to technological developments, new ways of doing things, and challenges on the macroeconomic horizon. The Best Managed Companies this year have demonstrated that they can optimise each area of their business while always operating with an acute awareness of their environment, recognising the opportunities of expansion into global markets, in addition to strategic alliances and partnerships. I look forward to their continued growth.”

This year’s judging panel members were Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Brendan Jennings, CEO, Deloitte Ireland; Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director at the IMI; Rose Hynes, Chairman of the Shannon Group Board and Origin Enterprises; and Feargal Mooney, former Chief Executive Officer of HostelWorld.

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UPMC Whitfield Nuala WalshUPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has appointed Nuala Walsh as Director of Human Resources, as it continues to expand as a regional centre of medical excellence.

UPMC Whitfield has been strategically recruiting to strengthen and broaden its existing workforce with 45 new staff members coming onboard over the past nine months, bringing the total number of staff to 305 across the UPMC Whitfield Campus.

Nuala has 27 years of senior management experience across local Waterford based SMEs and multinational organisations. She was a key member of the UPMC Whitfield Team that secured its first Hospital Accreditation, implementing several measures to continuously improve and assess its level of performance.

A member of UPMC Whitfield’s Senior Management Team since 2011, Nuala is a qualified HR, Business and Executive Coach. She has also studied extensively with the Irish Payroll Association ensuring expert organisational compensation and benefits knowledge.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, says: “We are delighted to appoint Nuala Walsh as Director of Human Resources. She is a tremendous asset to the team here in UPMC Whitfield, and her extensive experience will be vital in her new role. We are continuously recruiting and bringing new team members on board, and Nuala is ideally suited to this position as we continue to build and improve the services we offer patients in the South East.”

Commenting on her appointment, Nuala Walsh, Director of Human Resources at UPMC Whitfield, says: “I have always had a passion for recruitment and staff development and I am delighted to take on this new role with UPMC Whitfield, as we continue to identify and develop a dedicated and talented team of consultants, nursing and support staff.”

UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties including: radiotherapy; cardiology; orthopaedics; ophthalmology; oncology / haematology; radiology; ear, nose and throat; gynaecology; urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, the international not-for-profit healthcare company that is transforming the way health care is provided. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, the company operates 40 hospitals, as well as 600 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland.

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BJA5Bausch + Lomb Waterford has been presented with an award by Junior Achievement for 20 years of outstanding contribution by employees to the organisation which introduces school children to the world of work. A special plaque to commemorate the event was unveiled in the entrance hall to the plant in a ceremony attended by many of the 170 employees who have taken part in the programme so far.

Helen Halpin, who co-ordinates the programme for Junior Achievement, said that while 170 individual employees visited classes, many employees took part on more than one occasion. She estimated that almost 7,000 students have participated in the programmes delivered by Bausch + Lomb volunteers in 16 primary and eight secondary schools in the city. In addition, an estimated 2,500 students have been hosted on visits to the manufacturing facility.

Mark Hennessy, Bausch + Lomb Site Lead, said: “We were the first company outside of Dublin to partner with Junior Achievement and it is a remarkable achievement that this partnership has endured for the last 20 years.

“Junior Achievement is one of the most important programmes that we support every year and I know from speaking with our employees who have volunteered over the years that they have benefited as much, if not more than the children themselves.

“The programme only works with the support of all the volunteers and on behalf of Bausch + Lomb, I want to personally thank all those who take part for your continued involvement and support,” he added.

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