More than 100 local firms in contention for 2017 Wexford Business Awards

By david tucker

The Shortlist for the 2017 Wexford Business Awards, sponsored by Wexford County Council and the EPA, has been announced, with almost 120 companies in contention.

Now in their 9th year, the Business Awards work hard to find and showcase the best of what County Wexford has to offer.

This year saw a 21 per cent increase in the number of entries and the shortlist was drawn from 175 submissions across the South East, with many organisations entering for the first time.

In all, just over 100 entries are going forward to the final interview stage which will take place in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford, on Monday, April 24.

Judges, sponsored by Morgan McKinley, will score each application on multiple criteria and runners-up and winners will be selected across all categories. The Overall Business of the Year will also be selected.

Madeleine Quirke, CEO Wexford Chamber, said the body was delighted with the increase in submissions for the awards this year.

'The support we have from businesses across the county both in terms of applications and in terms of sponsorship has been phenomenal.. you are all winners insofar as Wexford Chamber is concerned,' she said.

Winners and runners-up in each of the 16 award categories and the overall Wexford Business of the Year Award 2017 will be announced at the official Wexford Business Awards Gala Ceremony by TV and radio personality Hector Ó hEochagáin on Friday, May 26, 2017 in Clayton Whites Hotel.

Following is a list of all the shortlisted businesses:

Energising Wexford Award:

Elevation Construction Network, Kia Ora Mini Farm Ltd, The Irish National Heritage Park, Creacon Wellness Retreat, Keating Insulation Ltd.

Wexford Tourism Award: Success and Innovation:

The Irish National Heritage Park, Talbot Hotel Wexford, Club Choice Ireland, Kia Ora Mini Farm Ltd, Loftus Hall, Marlfield House Hotel/ The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Relax Ireland Holidays, Killiane Castle Country House & Farm, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival.

Wexford Operational Excellence Award:

Gainfort Hair & Beauty Supplies Ltd, The Nail Boutique, Button & Spoon, Dulann Ltd, Home Instead Senior Care Wexford, Atlantis Seafood Wexford Ltd, Mary Barry's Bar Ltd

Wexford eCommerce Award:

TK IT Services Ltd, Lantern Events, The OmniPro Group, 2Cubed, MakeMyWill Solicitors, Dulann Ltd, Blackstairs Web Design

Wexford Retail Excellence Award:

Natural Health Store Ltd, Hynes Family Jewellers, Abrakebabra Wexford, Carraig Donn, Pettitts SuperValu St Aidans, Halo Tiles & Bathrooms, Tom Doyle Supplies, iTech Cases & Design, The Clothesline Boutique, Greenacres of Wexford

Wexford Community Award:

Wexford Community Services Council, Riverchapel Community Complex Ltd, Kilmuckridge Community & Family Resource Centre, CWCW (Enniscorthy) CLG/ Kilcannon Garden Centre/ Restaurant, ASK Mental Health Awareness

Wexford Investing in the Profession Award:

MakeMyWill Solicitors, Fortune's Pharmacy, Baker Tilly Hughes Blake

Wexford Export & Logistics Award:

Ray Moran International Transport Ltd, Nolan Transport, Roche Freight Ireland Ltd, J C Breen & Co Ltd, The Post Coach, Scurri

Wexford Large Company of the Year Award:

Joseph Wallace Ltd, Pettitt Group, Home Instead Senior Care Wexford, Atlantis Seafood Wexford Ltd, Nolan Transport, BNY Mellon, The Griffin Group

Wexford SME of the Year Award:

O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co, OmniPro Group, Scúp Gelato, Halo Tiles & Bathroom, Tom Doyle Supplies, Button & Spoon, Mr Oil, Farmers Kitchen Hotel, Keating Insulation Ltd

Wexford Social Media/ Digital Marketing Award:

TEDx Wexford, Brand Nova Digital, Powerhouse PR, Tweeting Goddess, Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Dane Tyghe Driving Instructor, 2Cubed, Graphedia Ltd

Wexford Customer Service Excellence Award:

John A Sinnott Solicitors, Red Door Coffee Shop & Deli, Maldron Hotel Wexford, La Coté Seafood Restaurant, Fergus Flanagan Architects Ltd, Clayton Whites Hotel, Talbot Hotel Wexford, Eishtec

Wexford Start-Up Business of the Year Award:

Summit Scaffolding Ltd, Kubez Hair and Beauty, Elevation Construction Network, Designbytes, Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Gilly & Rob Ltd.

Wexford Corporate Social Responsibility Award:

Datapac, K & K Windows Ltd, Zurich Insurance Co, Kia Ora Mini Farm Ltd, Graphedia Ltd

CWCW (Enniscorthy) CLG/ Kilcannon Garden Centre/Restaurant, Wexford MarineWatch, Spiritual Earth

Wexford R&D/Innovation Award:

O Connell Marketing, Sales & Communications, Chapz Male Barbers Ltd, Future Nutrition, Íon, Graphedia Ltd, CRI Wexford

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