Waterford Chamber of Commerce officially launched the new Business Awards programme at an event on Wednesday, 3rd September at the Medieval Museum in Waterford.
The ‘Waterford Business Awards’ are now open for nominations and will celebrate and honour the very best in business across ten different categories, which have been kindly sponsored by local businesses and organisations.
The awards are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses, business leaders and organisations in ‘Arts and Culture’ sponsored by Genzyme – A Sanofi Company. The ‘Best Small Business’ category, sponsored by AIB Bank; ‘Community and Social Enterprise’ sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel, Waterford.
In the food sector, the ‘Food and Agri Business’ award is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the ‘Innovation and Technology’ award is sponsored by Coillte Panel Products. ‘Manufacturing and Industry’ is sponsored by WIT and the best ‘New Business’ category is sponsored by the Waterford City Enterprise Centre.
The best in the ‘Retail’ sector is sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park and the best in the ‘Services’ sector is sponsored by RIKON and the final category is ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ sponsored by Waterford Airport. An overall Business of the Year award is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.
The public, individual businesses and organisations can freely nominate themselves or others for an award in any of the categories from now until 28th November 2014, whereafter a shortlist of finalists will be announced and an award ceremony will be held in February 2015 to honour the award winners under each category.
Launching the awards at the Waterford’s Medieval Museum, President of Waterford Chamber, Dr. Derek O’Byrne said, “We are delighted to officially launch the Waterford Business Awards. The awards will acknowledge and honour the investment that both companies and people have made in Waterford for the betterment of the economy but also for the betterment of the local community. The awards are open to members and non-members of Waterford Chamber to nominate businesses and individuals involved in all of the award categories.”
“All entry forms will be carefully considered by an appointed panel which will be chaired by well-known Waterford businessman and former President of Waterford Chamber, Frank O'Regan,” Dr. O’Byrne concluded.
Speaking also at the event was Waterford City & County Council CEO, Michael Walsh who said, “The timing of the Waterford Business Awards launch is very appropriate given the recent indicators which are suggesting a lift in both the local and national economies. This is a time where the importance of recognising champions both in business and throughout our local community should be encouraged, and we are asking everyone to support the nomination & entry process which is now open for the next three months.”
The Waterford Business Awards media partner is WLR FM.
Download the nomination form to nominate a business (PDF)
Download an entry form (for businesses wishing to enter) (Word)