Waterford Business Awards

Shortlist announced for Waterford Business Awards

WBA 2020 Shortlist

A host of Waterford’s top businesses have been shortlisted for the seventh annual Waterford Business Awards.

Organisers Waterford Chamber have joined forces again with partners WLR and Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber for the gala awards ceremony which for the first time ever, in light of Covid-19, will take place virtually via live stream on Friday, 26th February.

Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President Danette Connolly said, “It has been an incredibly difficult year for our business community, so I think we all need some positivity and the Waterford Business Awards are sure to provide just that. They will give us the opportunity to honour those who have excelled against adversity and we look forward to announcing the winners at our live virtual event on February 26th.”

Commenting on the decision-making process Noel Kelly, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “The challenges for businesses due to Covid-19 have been enormous so it has been a baptism of fire in my first year as Chair of the judging panel. It has been incredibly humbling and inspiring to review all the entries and understand how resilient and innovative our business community is. There were some very difficult decisions along the way and we are delighted to have such a strong shortlist coming into the awards in February.”

Managing Director of WLR, Des Whelan said   is delighted to be involved with and to promote the Waterford Business Awards.  In a very different and disruptive year “The Waterford Business Awards is a beacon of positivity  and once again the list of nominee companies in every category is of a very high standard. It’s also very encouraging to see so many new businesses come forward each year and there’s no doubt that a vibrant business sector adds considerably to a county and a region’s well-being.”

WLR will broadcast features on all the shortlisted companies on Deise Today in the lead up to the awards on February 26th, while The Hot Desk on Wednesdays with Mary O’Neill will also highlight the nominated companies. You can listen back to the programmes on podcast on WLRfm.com.

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through a self-nomination process. An independent judging panel, chaired by Noel Kelly and including David Breen, David M. Breen & Co; Irial Mac Murchu, Nemeton; Julie Smyth, WLR; John Noonan, Flahavans; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel, TV Honan, Spraoi; and Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. 

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the 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 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Faithlegg, will also be presented to an individual chosen by the judging panel and will only be revealed during the live stream.

 

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