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Nominations open for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2016

 

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce and main sponsor, Glanbia Plc have opened nominations for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2016.

Following last year’s phenomenal response and unprecedented number of award entries, nominations are now being sought for this year’s Kilkenny Business Awards for local businesses who demonstrate excellence within their sector.

The awards’ process is free to enter and open to both members and non-members of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce alike.  Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to nominate themselves or a local business that they think is deserving of an award. A simple nomination form can be downloaded from www.kilkennychamber.ie.

With over 20 diverse award categories available, businesses can enter in up to three categories in which their business excels. Categories include Agricultural Business of the Year, Food and Drink Producer of the Year, Emerging New Business and Excellence in Hospitality. 

New to the awards this year, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce has introduced the ‘Best Venue of the Year’ award to acknowledge the county’s variety of outstanding events’ settings. Businesses can now recognise the rising stars within their company by electing an employee or intern under the Employee of the Year category.

President of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, Deirdre Shine said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of nominations for the Kilkenny Business Awards. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of Kilkenny businesses, their entrepreneurial spirit and to provide a platform to celebrate their success. We strongly encourage enterprises across the county to put forward a nomination and get the recognition that their business deserves.”

Kilkenny Business Awards Launch Event

The official launch of the Kilkenny Business Awards 2016 will take place at a buffet lunch and networking event in Rothe House and Garden on Thursday the 15th of September at 12.45 with special guest and keynote speaker Sean Molloy, Director of Strategy with Glanbia Ingredients Ireland. Tickets for the event are free of charge however places are limited and businesses must register their attendance with Kilkenny Chamber in advance.

Nominations close on Wednesday, 21st of September; thereafter candidates will be required to put forward a full application. A shortlist of finalists will be announced and go on to the interview round in October. The winners will be announced on Saturday, 19th November at the Chamber’s annual black-tie banquet, the Kilkenny Business Awards’ ceremony in Lyrath Estate Hotel. 

See www.kilkennychamber.ie for nomination forms and more information.

 

The event sponsors are:

Glanbia; State Street; LEO; Bank of Ireland; Kilkenny County Council; Skillnets; Kilkenny People; KCLR96fm; Ulster Bank; T Butler

The final categories in the 2015 Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards are:

Engineering; FBD; PwC; VHI; AIB; EPA; KLP; PRL; RIKON; St Canices CU; Taxback.

1.      AGRI BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

2.      FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

3.      EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

4.      EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS

5.      INNOVATION IN BUSINESS

6.      BEST VENUE OF THE YEAR (NEW)

7.      EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY

8.      CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE

9.      SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

10.   RETAILER OF THE YEAR

11.   INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

12.   EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

13.   EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

14.   CULTURE/HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD

15.   CRAFT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

16.   FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

17.   EMERGING NEW BUSINESS

18.   SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

19.   INVESTMENT IN SKILLS, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT OF STAFF

20.   ENVIROMENTAL AWARD

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