FORMER Fine Gael TD Kieran Crotty will be presented with a lifetime achievement award by the chamber of commerce at the chamber's sold-out awards ceremony next week. The 77-year-old represented the county in the Dail from 1969 when his father retired until he retired from politics in 1989. He also served several stints as mayor and chairman of the county council. Last year's lifetime award went to Seamus Pattison, the Dail's longest-serving TD who retired at the last elections.
The chamber’s 12th Business Awards will take place on April 12 in Lyrath Estate Hotel. The format will remain the same as last year with the evening kicking off with a champagne reception at 7pm and dinner at 8pm with the awards being presented throughout the evening. The MC for the evening is John Murray of Morning Ireland and presenter of The Business Show on Radio One on Sunday mornings. To finish the night we have a great 20 piece band travelling from Wexford and playing in Kilkenny for the first time called Some Like It Hot. The event has yet again proven a huge success this year with 500 people already having bought tickets and a waiting list in operation for any returned tickets. “It’s a great indicator of the strength of the awards and the interest of business in putting themselves forward as examples of excellence in business,” said Alison McGrath, chief executive of the Kilkenny Chamber.
There will be six categories this year with 39 finalists vying for the individual categories and, of course, the Overall Business of The Year award. In addition to the overall sponsor there are a number of category sponsors Electro city, FBD Insurances, FAS, SEBIC and Kilkenny Local Authorities. One of the additional sponsors this year is KCLR 96FM and the Chamber is thrilled with the calibre of sponsors the event attracts.
“Kilkenny Chamber launched the Kilkenny Business Awards in 1997 in conjunction with the Kilkenny People Group,” said chamber president David Culliton. “This year the chamber is delighted to welcome Ulster Bank again as the overall sponsor of the awards.
The aim of the awards is to recognise and promote the quality, diversity and ingenuity of successful businesses right across the county of Kilkenny.
“Chamber plays a major role in promoting and recognising business working locally, regionally and internationally,” said John Grace, senior manager of Ulster Bank, Business Banking.
The finalist companies are:
Kilkenny Retailer of the Year Award (Sponsored by FBD Insurance)
Lamber de Bie Flowers, Pat McDonnell Paint Sales, Flowers by Lucy, Superior Tiles, Kilkenny Book Centre and Field’s Jewellers.
Kilkenny Service Provider of the Year Award (Sponsored by Electro City)
Kilkenny Borough Council Garden Crew, Premier Recruitment Group, Blue Wall Technologies, Springhill Court Hotel Leisure Club, C&C Security, Creative Catering,
Taxback.com, Gibbins Removals & Storage, James Phelan Demonstration Farm.
Best Small Business Award 2008 (Sponsored by Kilkenny Chamber)
Vendemia Organic Wines, Surf Box/Ormonde Technologies, Smart Placements, Rothe House Trust Ltd, Blueberry Larder, Kilkenny Print & Graphic, Hullaballoons & Kompass Records, The Reptile Village.
Kilkenny Tourism Provider of the Year Award (Sponsored by Kilkenny Local Authority)
Team Dynamics, Tullahought Community Group, A Rural Experience, Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum, Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel.
Education & Training Provider of the Year Award (Sponsored by FAS)
Empower Training, Sharon Roynane Kelly, Kumon Kilkenny, Busy Bees Early Learning Centres.
Manufacturing/Product of the Year (Sponsored by SEBIC)
QEF Ltd, Kelsey Horseboxes, Chesneau Leather, Fineline Furniture, Enviroclad Systems, Moth to a Flame Ltd.