Finalists announced for 2016 Kilkenny Business Awards

List of finalists up for awards in the 20 categories

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Finalists announced for 2016 Kilkenny Business Awards

President of Kilkenny chamber Deirdre Shine, host Mary Kennedy and CEO of Chamber Kilkenny, John Hurley.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, in association with the title sponsor Glanbia, has announced the finalists for the 2016 Kilkenny Business Awards.

Having received over 250 nominations across the 20 award categories, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce received a positive response from local businesses with over 40 per cent of candidates being nominated in the ‘Best Small Business’ category and an unprecedented number of companies entering the ‘Emerging New Business’ category for businesses trading for up to three years, indicating positive growth within the local economy.

Some 46 local enterprises have now been shortlisted to go forward for the panel interview round on Thursday, October 27th, hosted by the Pembroke Kilkenny and Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.

During the interview round, finalists will make a brief presentation before a panel of three Kilkenny business peers. Following this, the overall winners will be determined in each category and announced at the Kilkenny Chamber’s Black-tie gala, The Kilkenny Business Awards ceremony on November 19th in Lyrath Estate Hotel.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hurley explains, “We are delighted with the positive response to the Kilkenny Business Awards this year, as businesses in Kilkenny continue to strengthen and the local economy continues to grow. We were very impressed with the level of entries and the variety of innovative companies trading in the county. It was a difficult decision making process but the judging panel have now shortlisted an outstanding selection of local businesses to go forward for interviews and we wish them continued success in the awards.”

Along with the overall 20 category winners, the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ & ‘President’ Awards will also be announced at the awards’ ceremony.

Hosted by RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy the gala banquet and awards ceremony will see leading Kilkenny business people gather for the black-tie event at Lyrath Estate Hotel to celebrate excellence in enterprise across the county. Guests can look forward to a Champagne reception and a sumptuous dinner followed by dancing at Lyrath’s five-star venue. Tickets for this year’s black-tie Kilkenny Business Award ceremony are now available from €75 online at www.kilkennychamber.ie or by calling 056 7752767.

Category Finalists

AGRI BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Iverk Show Ltd.

John Brennan Machinery Supplies

Hermitage Genetics

BEST VENUE AWARD

Lyrath Estate Hotel & Kilkenny Convention Centre

Left Bank

The Hub

CRAFT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Clay Creations

Rudolf Heltzel Ltd.

CULTURE/HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD

Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Kilkenny Ghost Tours

Kyteler’s Inn

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Ristorante Rinuccini

The Newpark Hotel

Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel

EMERGING NEW BUSINESS

Cleere Life & Pensions

Kilkenny Cookery School

Core Claims Services

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Margaret Clancy - TransferMate

Jonny Dowling - Intosport

Sarah Millea - Pembroke Hotel

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Rustiq Salon

Kieran O'Gorman Hair & Day Spa

Colour World Print Ltd.

ENVIRNOMENTAL AWARD

Modus Energy

O'Shea Farms

Eco Life Energy

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS

McSweeney Media

Bizlocator

The Clubman

EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY

The Newpark Hotel

Left Bank

Springhill Court Hotel

EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

Hermitage Genetics

Callan Bacon Co. Ltd

CiphersTechs EU Ltd

TrademarkNow

FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

M. Mullins Family Butcher

DNG Ella Dunphy

James Travers Garage

FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Sullivan’s Brewing Company

A Slice of Heaven

O'Shea Farms

INNOVATION IN BUSINESS

MindaClient

Bizlocator

Colour World Print Ltd.

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

TrademarkNow

MindaClient

CipherTechs EU Ltd.

INVESTMENT IN SKILLS, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT OF STAFF

Rustiq Salon

Pembroke Hotel

CipherTechs EU Ltd.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

G.L. Ryan Jewellers

Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers

Rudolf Heltzel

SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Fennelly Fitness

Kieran O'Gorman Hair & Day Spa

St. Canice's Kilkenny Credit Union Ltd.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Callanan Couriers

Apple Tree Farm Montessori

RD Plumbing & Heating