Thirty of Waterford’s top businesses have been shortlisted for the second annual Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm.
The gala awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 4th in Faithlegg House Hotel, where the selected businesses will be celebrated for their extraordinary contribution to the economic life of Waterford.
Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said, “Waterford Chamber is delighted to celebrate the best in business in the City and County and to also encourage and nurture the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit which is evident. We would like to thank our sponsors and partners who have helped enable us to make the awards happen again this year.”
Frank O’Regan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said he and his fellow were very impressed with the calibre and the variety of hugely successful businesses who entered, including social and arts groups, festivals, SMEs and multi-nationals.
Commenting on the decision-making process and the standard Mr. O’Regan said, “This is the second year of the Waterford Business Awards and we are delighted to see a huge increase in the number of nominations received for these prestigious awards, which of course made the decisions even more difficult for the judging panel. The entries demonstrated the variety of hugely successful businesses, groups and individuals doing business from and within Waterford. It was a very tough decision-making process and we as a panel would have liked to include even more than the 30 successful businesses shortlisted this year.”
The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all ten categories. An independent judging panel, including Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; John Noonan, Flahavans; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application.
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, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.
The Waterford Business Awards shortlist includes the following businesses.
ARTS & CULTURE (sponsored by Genzyme)
Garter Lane Arts Centre
Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Waterford Youth Arts
BEST SMALL BUSINESS (sponsored by AIB Bank)
COMMUNITY & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel/Tower Hotel)
FOOD & AGRI (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Dungarvan Brewing Company
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY (sponsored by Coillte Panel Products)
MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY (sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology)
BEST NEW BUSINESS (sponsored by Waterford City Enterprise Centre)
Pip and Pear
Lismore Food Company
RETAIL (sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park)
Sienna Home Furnishings
SERVICES (sponsored by RIKON)
Home Instead Senior Care
TOURISM & HOSPITALITY (sponsored by Waterford Airport)