Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Waterford Business Awards. The awards, which are organised by Waterford Chamber and WLR, and supported by Waterford City & County Council, are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses and business leaders in Waterford and they will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of twelve different categories.
Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber Deputy President, Kathryn Kiely said, “We now enter year four of the Waterford Business Awards and what an amazing journey it has been. This event has become one of the main talking points on our calendar and we look forward to working with all our sponsors and judges once again to highlight the exceptional businesses that are in Waterford right now. Following on from the success of the previous years and from the hugely positive feedback we received, we are confident the level of entries will be of the highest standard and I certainly don’t envy our judges, under the leadership of Frank O’Regan, the task of choosing the winners.”
Managing Director of WLR, Des Whelan added: “WLR is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber and the Waterford Council on this initiative. It has grown tremendously in the past number of years. The Waterford Business Awards are a great way to promote local enterprise and recognize the hard work, skills and commitment of so many fantastic businesses in this area.”
The twelve categories comprise of Arts, Culture & Heritage sponsored by Cpl Resources; Best in Retail sponsored by Totem; Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sponsored by Waterford Airport; Community & Social Enterprise sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel; Customer Service Excellence sponsored by KBC Bank; Emerging New Business sponsored by City Enterprise Centre; Food & Agri Business sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers; Manufacturing & Industry sponsored by WIT; Research, Innovation & Technology sponsored by Medite SmartPly; Services sponsored by Waterford Local Enterprise Office; Best Small Business sponsored by AIB; a Special Recognition Award sponsored by Dawn Meats and an Overall Business of the Year Award which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.
The independent judging panel includes former Chamber President, Frank O’Regan; David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLR; John Noonan, E. Flahavan & Sons; Richie Walsh, Waterford City & County Council; Louise Grubb, NutriScience, Q1 Scientific; Noel Kelly, Nypro; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and TV Honan, Waterford Spraoi.
Waterford Chamber welcomes applications from all businesses located in Waterford City and County, both members and non-members. You can enter the Waterford Business Awards here: http://www.waterfordchamber.ie/index.php/waterford/waterford-business-awards
Entries will also be accepted by emailing the application form or sending it by post to the Waterford Chamber offices.
The closing date for nominations and applications for the 2017/18 Waterford Business Awards is Monday, 6th November 2017.