At the announcement of the shortlist at the breakfast event were Dermot Graham, Judy Tighe, Joan O'Dell, Conor O'Sullivan (all from AIB) and James Ring, CEO Limerick Chamber | PICTURE: Shauna Kennedy
THIRTY-three companies across Limerick have been nominated for awards in the annual Chamber Regional Business Awards.
The shortlist of companies across 11 categories was revealed at a special breakfast event this Thursday morning in the Greenhills Hotel at the Ennis Road.
Chamber chief executive Dr James Ring says, as ever, the quality of the entrants to the awards – now in their seventh year – is impressive.
“The quality is always good. We always get a very good mix of companies. This year, because of our two new categories, we have had a cohort of companies which would have never entered before. It's encouraging to see this,” he said.
These categories will honour community and voluntary sector, and employers which make an effort to develop the talent in their workplace.
“A lot of our entrants would be long-standing businesses, so that would be encouraging to see. The numbers have gone up again this year. We are just shy of 200 entries this year,” Dr Ring added.
In the last few weeks, an independent panel of judges have been whittling the entries down to just three in each category. Of the 11 categories, one will be named Limerick Chamber regional business of the year.
Chamber president Ken Johnson will also hand over a special ‘lifetime achievement’ style award to an individual at the black-tie gala event in the Strand Hotel next Friday, November 17.
Full list of nominations:
Innovative start-up company of the year
Get the Shifts
Best Small to Medium Sized Enterprise
Best Innovation (Research and Development)
Best Large Company
Best Family Business
D & M Garden Centre
Best Corporate Social Responsibility
Kirby Group Engineering
Best Business Service provider
H & MV
Best Food Service Business
Best Culture, Hospitality and Tourism
Clonshire Equestrian Centre
University Concert Hall
Best Community and Voluntary sector
Limerick Suicide Watch
Saoirse Addiction Treatment
Best employer: talent development and workplace wellness
Holmes O’Malley Secton
For a profile of each nominee, check out Business Leader in next weekend’s Limerick Leader print edition.