KIRBY Group Engineering has been crowned Limerick’s business of the year at the annual Chamber awards.
More than 400 local business leaders and government officials were at the Strand Hotel on Friday evening for the annual gala, which doubled as Chamber president Catherine Duffy’s annual dinner.
Twelve businesses and community groups were honoured at the black-tie event, while there was a special prize for Dr Edward Walsh, the founding president of the University of Limerick.
Based in the Raheen Industrial Estate, the overall winners Kirby Group Engineering is a leading provider of complex engineering services to blue-chip companies across Ireland, including locally, Analog Devices and Pfizer.
Presenting the Overall 2015 Business of the Year award, Ms Duffy praised Kirby for its innovative approach to business and identifying new markets.
She said: “Kirby operates within a very competitive market-place, but has put in place robust plans and strategies to prosper.”
The company’s managing director Fergus Frawley described Kirby’s growth as a “local success story”.
The company started out as a small contracting business, and has grown to an international mechanical, electrical engineering and construction firm.
Some 250 people work in the Mid-West for Kirby Engineering, which also has bases in Dublin, Galway, London, Brussels – and Warrington near Liverpool.
It was the second prize of the night the company won, earlier taking the prize for the Best Large Business Award.
Mr Frawley added: “To win one prize is a fantastic honour in itself, but to win the second prize, we were just blown away. I am delighted that we have received this prize, and I accept it on behalf of every employee. It is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and the excellence of the people who are working for us. Kirby is a people business, so to win this award is an acknowledgement of the hard work the people have done.”
Other companies picking up prizes at the fifth annual Chamber business awards included Arralis, Vistakon, the Absolute Hotel, Thomond Park stadium and the University Concert Hall.
The award for best community business was shared between Limerick City Build, Tait House and the Learning Hub, while Shannon Group also won.