Deirdre Shine and CEO, John Hurley along with Cathal Smyth, Managing Director, Chief Administration Officer with State Street, the main sponsor for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2017 [Pat Moore]
Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, in association with the main sponsor, State Street, has announced the finalists in the Kilkenny Business Awards 2017.
The response to the county-wide call for nominations from local businesses has been extremely positive having received a record number of 434 nominations.
The adjudication panel have examined over 150 applications and 46 local enterprises have now been shortlisted to go forward for the interview this Wednesday,
During the interview round, finalists make a presentation before a panel of three Kilkenny business peers, where a points system is used to determine the winners.
Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO, John Hurley said that he was ‘delighted that so many diverse local businesses have engaged with the Kilkenny Business Awards this year’.
“The standard of application was particularly high and an exceptional group of finalists have been shortlisted , he said”
The 20 category winners and the overall Business of The Year award will be announced at the awards ceremony along with the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘President’s’ award.
Finalists in the Kilkenny Business Awards 2017 for Customer Service Excellence are Zuni, Madigan's Pharmacy, McCullagh Lupton Quinn Ltd. In the Investment in Skills, Training and Development of Staff the finalists are Castlecomer Discovery Park, Cipher Tech and the Newpark Hotel. In the category of Agri Business the nominees are Brett Brothers, O'Shea Farms and Kverneland. In the running for Service Provider of the Year is New Work Junction, Store-All Logistics and Tiny Tots Paradise Creche.
Nominees for Excellence in Communications are McSweeny Media, Biz Locator and Beat 102 and 103. The finalists in the Information, Communications and Technology category are Veri, Clipher Tech and The Clubman while in the running for Exporter of the Year are TransferMate, Oakpark and Ziegler Logistics Ltd.
Nominees in the Craft Producer of the Year are Artists by Night, Breatnach Designs and Sullivan's Brewery while in the running for Employer of the Year are Kilkenny Design, Club House Hotel and Lyrath Estate Hotel.
In the Innovation in Business category the finalists are TransferMate, Goatsbridge Trout and R & D Plumbing while Newpark Hotel, Zuni and Lyrath Estate Hotel are all nominated for Excellence in Hospitality.
In the Emerging New Business category Veri, Cakeface Patisserie and Dive and Marine Contractors have all been selected while Revise.ie, Newpark Hotel and Beat 102 103 are all up for Employee of the Year.
Optimize Recruitment, McCullagh Lupton Quinn Ltd and Apple Tree Farm Montessori are all vying for the title of Small Business of the Year.
This year there is a new category of Corporate Social Responsibility and the finalists are the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team, The Taxback Group and Modus Energy while DNG Ella Dunphy, Callanan Couriers and Dom Young Heating & Plumbing Services are all up for Family Business of the Year.
In the running for Food & Drink Producer of the Year are Cakeface Patisserie, Costellos Brewing Co and Murphys IceCream while Castlecomer Discovery Park, Breatnach Designs and the Kilkenny Civic Trust have all been selected in the Culture, Heritage & Tourism category.
The companies selected for an Environmental Award this year are R&D Plumbing and Modus Energy while Michael Lyng Motors, Blanchfields Centra Mooncoin and Kilkenny Design are all up for Retailer of the Year.
Tickets are now available for the black-tie gala event which will be hosted by RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy online at www.kilkennychamber.ie or by calling 056 7752767.