Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Waterford Business Awards. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in business across Waterford City & County and are organised by Waterford Chamber, in collaboration with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, with support from Waterford City & County Council and WLR.
Launching the awards, Waterford Chamber President, Kathryn Kiely said, “We now enter year five 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 across Waterford City and County right now.”
“This year we are delighted to be joining forces with Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber, ensuring the awards are far reaching in celebrating the successes and achievements of the best in business.”
“Following on from the success of the previous years and from the hugely positive feedback we received, we have made some changes to existing categories, while introducing some new ones as well, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility and a Training & People Development Award. 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 FM Des Whelan added: “WLR FM is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, along with 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 full list of categories is as follows:
- Community & Social Enterprise Outstanding Achievement
- Customer Service
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
- Food & Beverage
- New Business of the Year (6 months – 3 Years)
- Retail Excellence
- SME of the Year (1-250)
- Social Media & Digital Marketing Excellence
- Technology & Innovation
- Tourism Attraction/Activity of the Year
- Training & People Development
The judging panel will also select an Ambassador of the Year, along with the coveted Overall Business of the Year, which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council, all of which will be announced on Friday, March 8th at the gala awards ceremony in the Tower Hotel.
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 through Waterford Chamber’s website www.waterfordchamber.ie, where you will also find a full criteria outline on each category. 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 2018/19 Waterford Business Awards is Friday, 9th November 2018.
pictured: Launching the Waterford Business Awards are Billy Duggan, Waterford City & County Council; Colin Byrne, TOTEM/Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber; Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR; Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President and Frank O’Regan, Chair, Judging Panel. Photo: Garrett Fitzgerald Photography)
Listen Back to the launch of the awards on the Hot Desk with Julie Smyth here: