A shortlist of thirty companies from all across Waterford were honoured at the second annual Waterford Business Awards, which were held on Friday evening (March 5th) at Faithlegg House Hotel.
Topping the ten categories were Garter Lane Arts Centre in Arts and Culture; EveryEvent for Best Small Business; Waterford Hospice for Community & Social Enterprise; Flahavan’s in the Food & Agri category; nearForm in Innovation & Technology; Teva Pharmaceuticals in Manufacturing & Industry; Suir Sprayers in the Best New Business category, Caulfield’s SuperValu in Retail, Dataworks in Services and in Tourism & Hospitality, Winterval took the title, while the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Award was nearForm.
Over 200 guests attended the prestigious event, which was organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm. The top Waterford businesses were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy.
The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John Cummins presented nearForm with their award and commenting at the gala dinner, he said: “As Mayor of Waterford City and County I want to congratulate all of the nominees for this the 2nd annual Waterford Business Awards. This evening’s event gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect and acknowledge the excellent work being done locally to advance Waterford in business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Great strides have been made in the past 12 months in terms of employment both in the multinational and SME sectors and I am confident, that given the depth of talent here tonight that Waterford’s future is extremely bright.”
Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, nearForm was presented with a custom design perpetual trophy. 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, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application.
Commenting on the occasion Michael O’Dwyer, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate nearForm on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. Tonight has seen so many winners come to the fore and their achievements to date have been remarkable.The aim of these awards is to promote and celebrate individuals and businesses who are making a valuable contribution to the economic life in Waterford City and County.
“The time for growth is here - Waterford and the South East region must drive forward. We must continue to work together to build on that, to grow our indigenous businesses, to educate, to support and to make the wider business community aware that Waterford is a great place to live, work and do business.”
Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Genzyme, AIB Bank, Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coillte Panel Products, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford City Enterprise Centre, Clock Tower Car Park, RIKON and Waterford Airport. Media partners for the event were WLR FM.