Waterford Business Awards

Waterford Business Awards 2018

Waterford Business Awards 2018 Entry Form

Waterford Business Awards 2018 are now closed for entries!

Thank to all businesses for entering.

A shortlist will be announced in January 2019.

WBA 2018 launch

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Waterford Business Awards. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in business across Waterford City & County and are organised by Waterford Chamber, in collaboration with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, with support from Waterford City & County Council and WLR.

Launching the awards, Waterford Chamber President, Kathryn Kiely said, “We now enter year five of the Waterford Business Awards and what an amazing journey it has been. This event has become one of the main talking points on our calendar and we look forward to working with all our sponsors and judges once again to highlight the exceptional businesses that are across Waterford City and County right now.” 

“This year we are delighted to be joining forces with Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber, ensuring the awards are far reaching in celebrating the successes and achievements of the best in business.”

“Following on from the success of the previous years and from the hugely positive feedback we received, we have made some changes to existing categories, while introducing some new ones as well, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility and a Training & People Development Award. We are confident the level of entries will be of the highest standard and I certainly don’t envy our judges, under the leadership of Frank O’Regan, the task of choosing the winners.”

Managing Director of WLR FM Des Whelan added: “WLR FM is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, along with Waterford Council on this initiative. It has grown tremendously in the past number of years. The Waterford Business Awards are a great way to promote local enterprise and recognize the hard work, skills and commitment of so many fantastic businesses in this area.”

The full list of categories is as follows:

  • Community & Social Enterprise Outstanding Achievement
  • Customer Service
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Food & Beverage
  • New Business of the Year (6 months - 3 Years)
  • Retail Excellence
  • SME of the Year (1-250)
  • Social Media & Digital Marketing Excellence
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Tourism Attraction/Activity of the Year
  • Training & People Development

The judging panel will also select an Ambassador of the Year, along with the coveted Overall Business of the Year, which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council, all of which will be announced on Friday, March 8th at the gala awards ceremony in the Tower Hotel.

Waterford Chamber welcomes applications from all businesses located in Waterford City and County, both members and non-members. You can enter the Waterford Business Awards through Waterford Chamber’s website here, where you will also find a full criteria outline on each category. Entries will also be accepted by emailing the application form or sending it by post to the Waterford Chamber offices.

The closing date for nominations and applications for the 2018/19 Waterford Business Awards is Friday, 9th November 2018.

Waterford Business Awards 2018

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Over 250 guests attended the prestigious Waterford Business Awards in Faithlegg House Hotel on Friday night last, February 23rd, which was organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLR.

A shortlist of thirty-three companies from all across Waterford were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy.

Topping the eleven categories were Special Branch Carvings, Arts, Culture & Heritage; Dlight Concepts for Best Small Business; The Shona Project for Community & Social Enterprise; Pip & Pear Chilled Baby Food in the Food & Agri category; Nemeton TV in Research, Innovation & Technology; Eirgen Pharma in Manufacturing & Industry; PartyRock Travel in the Emerging New Business category, Redlane Boutique in Retail; Home Instead Senior Care in Services, The Book Centre in Customer Service Excellence and in Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, King of the Vikings, Waterford Museum of Treasures.

The Judge’s Special Recognition Award was presented to Anne Marie Caulfield, owner and director of Caulfield McCarthy Group, Caulfield’s SuperValu and Caulfield McCarthy Property Ltd, by Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan on behalf of sponsors Dawn Meats, for her tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic climate of Waterford and for inspiring others through her exceptional commitment, motivation, and vision.

A special presentation was also made to Head of Economic Development of Waterford City & County Council Lar Power, by Chamber President Paul Nolan and Managing Director of WLR, Des Whelan, as he moves to take on the role of CEO of Leitrim County Council.

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Pat Nugent concluded the awards ceremony by announcing The Book Centre as the Overall Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

Commenting at the gala dinner, Mayor Nugent said: “Tonight is about the people in this room keeping our city moving and bringing people onto our streets. Their stories are unique, their determination admirable and it is wonderful to be here tonight to honour their achievements.

Mayor Nugent, went on to say, “Now in 2018 the people of Waterford have the opportunity to dream again. The potential of the North Quays is something quite unique 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 and a Waterford with a clear vision.”

Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, The Book Centre, 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 David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLR; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel; TV Honan, Spraoi; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific, Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office 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, Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate The Book Centre on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. It is heartening to see a family run business being recognised for their hard work and their ability to sustain their outlets in these times of stiff competition.

“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 for the valuable contribution they make to the economic life of Waterford City and County. All of the finalists tonight serve to showcase Waterford in a very positive light for potential investors in our city and county.”

Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Cpl Resources, TOTEM, AIB Bank, Faithlegg House Hotel, KBC Bank, City Enterprise Centre, PwC, Waterford Institute of Technology, MEDITE SMARTPLY, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Airport and Dawn Meats.

 

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