Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Waterford Business Awards following the official launch of the 12 award categories at an event on Tuesday, 13th September at the Medieval Museum in Waterford City.
The Awards which are organised by Waterford Chamber and supported by Waterford City & County Council and WLR FM are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses and business leaders in Waterford and they will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of twelve different categories.
Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber President, Laurent Borla said, “We are delighted that the number of categories has increased this year from 10 to 12 and we are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their ongoing support and commitment to the Waterford Business Awards. We have been hugely impressed by the energy and resilience of businesses in Waterford and wish to acknowledge the important role played by business in driving our local economy forward.”
The twelve categories comprise of Arts, Culture & Heritage sponsored by Cpl Resources; Best in Retail sponsored by Waterford Gift Voucher; Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sponsored by Waterford Airport; Community & Social Enterprise sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel; Customer Service Excellence sponsored by KBC Bank; Emerging New Business sponsored by City Enterprise Centre; Food & Agri Business sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers; Manufacturing & Industry sponsored by WIT; Research, Innovation & Technology sponsored by Medite SmartPly; Services sponsored by RIKON; Best Small Business sponsored by AIB Bank; a Special Recognition Award sponsored by Dawn Meats and an Overall Business of the Year Award which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.
The independent judging panel includes former Chamber President, Frank O’Regan; Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, Beat 102-103 / WLR; John Noonan, E. Flahavan & Sons; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; Louise Grubb, NutriScience, Q1 Scientific; Noel Kelly, Nypro; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and TV Honan, Waterford Spraoi.
The Awards are now closed for entries. Shortlisted businesses in each category will be announced in early 2017.