Shortlist announced for Waterford Business Awards


awards launch 

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)



Kearney Engineering


COMMUNITY & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel/Tower Hotel)

GIY Ireland

Lady Lane

Waterford Hospice


FOOD & AGRI (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Dungarvan Brewing Company


Walsh’s Bakehouse


INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY (sponsored by Coillte Panel Products)





MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY (sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology)


Q1 Scientific

TEVA Pharmaceuticals


BEST NEW BUSINESS (sponsored by Waterford City Enterprise Centre)

Suir Sprayers

Pip and Pear

Lismore Food Company


RETAIL (sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park)

Caulfield’s SuperValu

Lloyd’s Hair

Sienna Home Furnishings


SERVICES (sponsored by RIKON)


Home Instead Senior Care



TOURISM & HOSPITALITY (sponsored by Waterford Airport) 

Bodega Restaurant

Theatre Royal


Launch of Waterford Business Awards 2015



The Waterford Business Awards are open for entry from Monday, September 7th and will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of ten categories.


Organised by Waterford Chamber and supported by Waterford City & County Council and WLRfm, the 2015/16 Awards were launched at the Medieval Museum, which was hosted by WLRfm’s Teresanne O’Reilly.


Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said: “Even after just one year, this event has become one of the main talking points on our calendar. This year we are delighted to announce, with the support of RIKON, we are opening online entries, so companies will be able to submit their entries through a safe and secure platform on the Waterford Chamber website. Thank you also to our sponsors who have come on board for a second year, your support is very much appreciated.


“Following on from the success of last year and from the hugely positive feedback we received, we are confident the level of entries will be of the highest standard and I look forward to celebrating with you all on March 4th next year in the beautiful setting of Faithlegg House Hotel for our gala dinner.”



The awards are open for entry from Monday, September 7th until November 16, 2015, where after a shortlist of 30 finalists will be announced and the gala awards ceremony will be held on Friday, March 4th in Faithlegg House Hotel.


The ten categories comprise of Arts & Culture, Tourism & Hospitality, Services, Food and Agri Business, Retail, Best Small Business, New Business, Innovation and Technology, Manufacturing and Industry, Community and Social Enterprise and an Overall Business of the Year award which will be sponsored by Waterford City and County Council.


Last year’s Overall Winner was Dawn Meats and Commercial Director Paul Nolan endorsed the awards at the launch by saying: “This time last year we would have questioned whether we should put ourselves out there but I can safely say right now it was worth it. It is not only fantastic to be recognised by your peers and receive the amount of publicity we did, but it creates a massive sense of pride within the team and we have had well wishes from clients all over the country and beyond. I couldn’t recommend the Waterford Business Awards highly enough and would encourage everyone in business to enter. There are no losers in this.”


The Business Awards are free to enter and are open to all businesses including non-members of Waterford Chamber.


From Monday, 7th September, entries can be submitted online here or on the official entry form, which can be emailed or posted to Waterford Chamber.

Waterford Business Awards 2014 - Winners


Local Businesses Hailed at Waterford Business Awards

Dawn Meats Announced as Overall Business of the Year

Thirty of Waterford’s top businesses were honoured at the Waterford Business Awards, which were held on Friday evening (March 6th) at Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford.


Topping the ten categories were Spraoi in Arts and Culture; Shellac Nails for Best Small Business; Ballybeg Greens for Community & Social Enterprise; M & D Bakery in the Food & Agri category; EirGen Pharma in Innovation & Technology; Dawn Meats in Manufacturing & Industry; Theatre Box in the Best New Business category, Mulligans Pharmacy Group in Retail, Eishtec in Services and in Tourism & Hospitality, The Reg took the title, while the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Award was Dawn Meats.


Over 200 guests attended the prestigious event, which was organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLR FM, and the top Waterford businesses were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy.


The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr James Tobin presented Dawn Meats with their award and commenting at the gala dinner, he said: “When I look at the nominees I realise we are celebrating Waterford’s best. These are people and businesses who would all hold their own in any company both nationally and internationally. Waterford’s future is indeed bright with these businesses leading the way and giving inspiration to others.”




Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, Dawn Meats, was presented with a custom design perpetual trophy.


Receiving the Waterford Business of the Year title, Niall Browne from Dawn Meats said, “We are delighted, I accept this on behalf of 400 plus employees in county Waterford and Waterford City, it is fantastic to win this award.” Upon being ask what advise he would offer to new businesses Niall recommended that they let common sense prevail, keep on trying and don't give up.


Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors included Genzyme, AIB Bank, FBD Hotels, PwC, Coillte Panel Products, WIT, City Enterprise Centre, The Clock Tower Car Park, RIKON and Waterford Airport. Media partners for the event were WLR FM. Photos by Gerry O'Carroll Photography.


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