Kilkenny Chamber launches 2012 business awards

Details of the 2012 Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards, the primary recognition scheme in Kilkenny have been announced. The awards will be held on Saturday, November 24 in the Lyrath Estate Hotel at a black tie event. Kilkenny Mayor Sean OhArgain officially launched the awards at a reception in the Tholsel in Kilkenny todsy (Friday).

Details of the 2012 Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards, the primary recognition scheme in Kilkenny have been announced. The awards will be held on Saturday, November 24 in the Lyrath Estate Hotel at a black tie event. Kilkenny Mayor Sean OhArgain officially launched the awards at a reception in the Tholsel in Kilkenny todsy (Friday).

The Mayor stated that the Chamber Business Awards are hugely important as they; “recognise the achievements of business and particularly in such challenging times as we are experiencing presently.” “We have many success stories to shout about here in Kilkenny with such progressive ‘blue chip’ leaders as Glanbia, State Street, VHI, Taxback.com, PRL Group, Bellview Port to mention but some all based in the county.”

“The search commences today for Kilkenny’s top performing businesses in a whole range of business sector categories from Overall Business of the Year to such diverse Diaspora and Age Friendly business awards” so stated Donie Butler, President of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce. See full list attached. Further details will be announced on KCLR96FM and published in the Kilkenny People during the month of September.

A panel of Judges each with considerable experience in the area which they will be adjudicating is being chaired by Amanda Horan of Failte Ireland under who’s guidance they will interview each business based on their submission using best practice benchmarking as to why they should be considered for a particular category. They will be then placed on a final shortlist for consideration by the Judges. This year the Chamber has expanded the range of categories so as to be as inclusive as possible of all sectors of business in Kilkenny.

Chamber President Donie Butler paid tribute to the title sponsors Glanbia in particular for both their financial and support commitment to the 2012 Kilkenny Business Awards. “A high profile business such as Glanbia only adds to the prestige of the awards and the sense of occasion associated with the event for recipients and businesses alike,” he said. “Glanbia have been winners for many years now in their hugely successful partnership with the Kilkenny hurlers under the Avonmore brand and we would like to think that our association will be long and fruitful for both the Chamber and Glanbia in the years ahead,” he added.

The Chamber President also paid tribute to all of the category sponsors and partners such as AIB Bank, Kilkenny County Enterprise Board, RIKON, South East BIC, PRL Group, Eirgrid, State Street, St Canices Kilkenny Credit Union, Lyrath Estate Hotel and Media Partners Kilkenny People and KCLR96FM. A very limited number of category sponsorship opportunities are still available.

John Murray of RTE Radio One will be the compere of the glitzy event for the evening. Tickets for the ‘Black Tie’ business event of the year are available from the Chambers offices: The Maltings, Tilbury Place, Kilkenny. Tel: 056-7752767 admin@kilkennychamber.ie Numbers are restricted so early booking is advisable.