Thirty-four local businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s Kilkenny Business Awards, which will be presented at a black-tie event hosted by Kilkenny Chamber on November 24 in the Lyrath estate Hotel.
The nominees in each category include:
Age Friendly: Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Health Express Pharmacy
Communications: Midas PR, MD Media, Instant Opinion
Craft: Seven Sisters Ceramics, Carl Parket Jewellers, Rebeka Patterson
Customer Service: Aut Even Hospital, Marble City Travel, Pembroke Hotel
Emerging New Business: MD Media, Seven Sisters Ceramics, Jerpoint Park
Employee: Goods High Street, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Leader Partnership
Employer, McCreery Cleaning, Pembroke Hotel, FRS Recruitment
Exporter, Hybrid Energy Solutions, Merlyn Industries Glanbia
Family Business: Eurospar Newpark, Lowry’s Furniture and Garden Centre, Kenna’s Butchers
Food Producer: Highbank Farm, Balief Farm, Glanbia
Green Business: McCreery Cleaning, Hybrid Energy Solutions, Highbank Farm
Heritage: Jerpoint Park, Rothe House, Tom Brett Photography
Innovation: Hybrid Energy Solutions, Trudies Catering, Instant Opinion, Kilkenny Fashion Festival
Invest In Skills: McCreery Cleaning, Next (MacDonagh Junction), Gaeltec
Retailer: Health Express Pharmacy, Eurospar Newpark, Lamber De Bie
Service Provider: Aut Even Hospital, Marble City Travel, St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union
Small Business: Lamber De Bie, Midas PR, Highbank Farm
Tourism: Kilkenny Arts Festival, Trail Kilkenny, Kilkenny Fashion Festival
The night will also see presentations of Business of the Year, a Diaspora Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award and a President’s Award.
Guest of honour will be Health Minister James Reilly, who will present the major award to the overall winner of the Business of the Year along with Chamber’s Business Awards title sponsors Glanbia Plc.
“This event is very much about a ‘celebration of business’ in these difficult times and people constantly tell us that the recognition provided by the awards gives a tremendous boost to their businesses in terms of staff morale, public profile and the bottom line. This year the awards are bigger and better than ever and we’ve expanded the categories to properly reflect the breadth of business in the area,” said Chamber president Donie Butler.
An independent panel of jurors headed up by Geraldine Kearney of the awards title sponsors Glanbia will shortly be conducting the interviews with each nominee, resulting in the final decisions being made in the coming weeks.
Tickets to the event are now on sale – contact 056 7752767 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a special price concession for all nominated businesses, available until November 8.