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
Waterford County Museum
Best Small Business
Sponsored by AIB Bank
Inn the Dog House
Community & Social Enterprise
Sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel/Tower Hotel
Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Food & Agri
Sponsored by PwC
M & D Bakery
Innovation & Technology
Sponsored by Coillte Panel Products
SEAM Research Centre
Manufacturing & Industry
Sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology
Irish Handmade Glass
Metalman Brewing Company
Sponsored by Waterford City Enterprise Centre
Willow and Wild by Bonzie
Sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park
Mulligan’s Pharmacy Group
The Book Centre
Sponsored by RIKON
Tourism & Hospitality
Sponsored by Waterford Airport
The Majestic Hotel
Ends – February 3, 2015.