Shortlist announced for Waterford Business Awards

Shortlist announced for Waterford Business Awards

Following weeks of careful deliberation by an independent judging panel, Waterford Chamber are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Waterford Business Awards 2014.

The glamorous awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 6th in Dooley’s Hotel, where some of Waterford’s top businesses will be celebrated for their extraordinary contribution to the economic life of Waterford City and County.

Speaking about the awards initiative, Waterford Chamber President Dr Derek O’Byrne said: “The Waterford Business Awards is all about showcasing entrepreneurial spirit, sharing success stories and supporting the business community in Waterford. We envisage these awards growing year on year and very much look forward to meeting and engaging with them as their business continues to prosper. Of course the awards wouldn’t be possible without the support of our category sponsors, media partners WLRfm and overall sponsors Waterford City and County Council and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them next year and into the future. ”

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the ten categories and the winners of those categories will then go head to head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year 2014, sponsored by Waterford City and County Council.

Frank O’Regan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said he and his fellow judges were hugely impressed and faced some very tough decisions during the selection process.

We had a significant number of entries, far exceeding our expectations. It is so encouraging to see such creative, sustainable and expertly executed business models out there. From what we have seen, the future of business in Waterford is very bright. This was by no means an easy process, there were plenty of discussions and debates and while some businesses may be left disappointed this year, we would encourage everyone to enter again for the 2015 awards.

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self nomination for all ten categories. An independent judging panel decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. For further information on the Waterford Business Awards see  waterfordchamber.com

The Waterford Business Awards shortlist includes the following businesses.

 

Arts & Culture

Sponsored by Genzyme

Garter Lane Arts Centre

Spraoi

Waterford County Museum

 

Best Small Business

Sponsored by AIB Bank

Bookaroom.ie

Inn the Dog House

Shellac Nails

 

Community & Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel/Tower Hotel

Ballybeg Greens

GIY Ireland

Waterford Healing Arts Trust

 

Food & Agri

Sponsored by PwC

Chia bia

DessertFirst

M & D Bakery

 

Innovation & Technology 

Sponsored by Coillte Panel Products

EirGen Pharma

SEAM Research Centre

TSSG

 

Manufacturing & Industry 

Sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology

Dawn Meats

Irish Handmade Glass

Metalman Brewing Company

 

New Business

Sponsored by Waterford City Enterprise Centre

EveryEvent Ltd.

Theatre Box

Willow and Wild by Bonzie

 

Retail

Sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park

Caulfield’s SuperValu

Mulligan’s Pharmacy Group

The Book Centre

 

Services

Sponsored by RIKON

Eishtec

Hosting Ireland

Whitfield Clinic

 

Tourism & Hospitality  

Sponsored by Waterford Airport

Dooley’s Hotel

The Majestic Hotel

The Reg

 

 

Ends – February 3, 2015.

 

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