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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wexford Business Awards are launched

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS: Organisers and local officials at the lauch of the Wexford Business Awards on Wexford Quayfront on Monday.
CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS: Organisers and local officials at the lauch of the Wexford Business Awards on Wexford Quayfront on Monday.

By David Tucker

THE Wexford Business Awards, now in their seventh year, are open for entries from around the county.

The awards recognise the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors and says Wexford Chamber President Martin Doyle the awards night provides business owners with the opportunity to gather to celebrate the successes of the year.

The awards night is due to take place at Whites of Wexford on Friday, June 5.

Online entries nominating companies and individuals for the awards need to be completed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

Chamber CEO Madeleine Quirke said, 'our responsive website which is fully digital compliant was a resounding success last year.. the information requested is intended to give the judges an overview of your business and your vision, so pitch it!' she said.

New categories featured this year include CSR, Business Person of the Year and Networking.

The awards are for everybody, big or small, and this year the Chamber is hoping to attract the many sole traders and artisans/craftspeople that are making such an important contribution to the local economy particularly in the food and retail sectors.

'We are looking to recognise effort and performance, particularly over the past 12 months, and any business will be considered as being eligible provided that it is compliant,' said Madeleine.

'A business does not have to be profitable but must demonstrate that it is viable.'

'It is important that we recognise success and whether a business has identified a new strategy in terms of growth and diversification, or whether it has decided to consolidate its position or found ways to grow, this must be looked at in a very positive light.

'The judges will be very interested in the ups and downs of business and particularly in how opportunities and threats are being handled,' she said.

Wexford Chamber Business Awards have become a distinguished tradition.

They recognise outstanding achievements by business people in the fields of commerce, community work and innovation.

The Awards Ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted 'Business of the Year Award' is one of Wexford's most prestigious annual affairs.

Last year's winners Eishtec, were truly delighted and honored to receive the overall award.

Edward Hendrick, founder and CEO of Sonru, which won the Export Award last year said, 'this export award is a testament to Sonru's international growth over the past 12 months.

'Sonru now has regional offices in the UK, Singapore and Australia with new operations opening shortly in France and the USA not to mention our representation worldwide. All that said, it's wonderful to get the recognition and kudos by being singled out from such worthy competitors by such an eminent judging panel.;

The recipient of the 2015 Business of the Year Award will be chosen from the winners of each category.

Shortlisted applicants will be announced on Thursday, May 7, and advised of interview times.

All shortlisted applicants must be available for judging interviews on either Wednesday, May 13, or Thursday, May 14.

Mary Kennedy, RTÉ broadcaster and Nationwide presenter, will be guest MC on the awards night.

Tickets are already selling for what will be a sellout occasion. Contact Wexford Chamber on 053 91 22226 or traceymorgan@wexfordchamber.ie for further information. Or visit www.wexfordbusinessawards.ie

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