Pat Kenny to host Wexford business awards

By David Tucker

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

Pat Kenny will host the awards at Clayton Whites Hotel on Friday, May 27.
Pat Kenny will host the awards at Clayton Whites Hotel on Friday, May 27.

WEXFORD Chamber have pulled off something of a coup with the announcement that high-profile broadcaster Pat Kenny will host the 2016 Wexford Business Awards.

The annual event, which will take place in Clayton Whites Hotel on Friday, May 27, will recognise the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across the county.

Speaking about the event, President of Wexford Chamber, Karl Fitzpatrick, said: 'The Wexford Business Awards is the highlight of the year for the local business community. Irrespective of size or status, the Wexford Business Awards continues to attract the highest calibre of applicant.'

'It is fitting that one of Ireland's most accomplished and cherished broadcasters, Pat Kenny, will host this year's awards,' said Mr Fitzpatrick.

Pat Kenny, who is best known as a former presenter of 'The Late Late Show' and as the host of 'The Pat Kenny Show' on Newstalk, highlighted the importance of the awards.

'The Wexford Business Awards is a highly prestigious and ambitious event, celebrating and commending the best of what Wexford has to offer. I am delighted to be travelling down to the sunny south east in May, and I am looking forward to being part of the 2016 awards ceremony.

'This initiative is hugely important in encouraging local business development, innovation and success. I believe that it is a credit to Wexford Chamber to have come so far with these awards since their inception in 2009, in more challenging times.'

Applications for the awards, which are now in their eight year, can be submitted online via wexfordbusinessawards.ie. from Monday, February 22, to close of business on Thursday, March 31.

With 19 awards being presented on the night, Wexford Chamber is seeking applications from Wexford-based companies of all sizes to participate in this year's event. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday, April 14, with judging taking place on either April 20 or 21.

'The awards are for every business, big or small, and this year we are hoping to attract the many sole traders and craftspeople that are making such an important contribution to our local economy,' said CEO of Wexford Chamber, Madeleine Quirke.

'Graphedia has designed a user friendly and responsive website, which ensures that a hassle-free application process is guaranteed,' she said.

Following an independent and transparent judging process, the category award winners will be announced at the gala event on May 27, before the much- coveted winner of the Wexford Business of the Year award is announced.

Last year, Killowen Farm was the recipient of this accolade, and its founder, Nicholas Dunne reiterated the positive impact which such an award win can have on a business.

'It has been a great honour for us to have been named as the Wexford Business of the Year. It has helped to open doors that we were finding difficult to open and we found that customers become more interested in the business following the win,' said Mr. Dunne.

For more information about the 2016 Wexford Business Awards, visit www.wexfordbusinessawards.ie

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