Winner: Bernie Carroll, Student Programmes Ireland
TWO Limerick business people are celebrating after winning prestigious All-Star awards.
John Fitzgerald, managing director at Harmonics Group, and Bernie Carroll, managing director of Student Programmes Ireland Ltd, received All Star Accreditation for their fields of expertise at the fourth annual All-Ireland business summit held in Croke Park.
Mr Fitzgerald, whose firm specialises in executive career coaching, received his prize for thought leadership in career management.
Ms Carroll, who heads Student Programmes Ireland in Charleville providing a service to international students learning English Language skills, was given a nod as being an all-star social entrepreneur in terms of cultural exchanges.
The pair were part of an audience numbering 1,000 leading lights from Irish business who descended on GAA headquarters.
The Business All-Stars competition final is one of the key elements of the summit.
It’s an annual competition designed to identify, recognise and accredit Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.
Mr Fitzgerald said securing the accreditation is a great source of pride to everyone in Harmonics.
He added: “The process which led to this accreditation truly stretched us, the structure of the competition required us to put our brand story on paper and gave us the opportunity to reflect on who we are, our growth strategy and above all the value we create for our target audience.”
Ms Carroll added: “The opportunity to hear first-hand feedback from our judge/mentor, our existing customers, partners and suppliers through the reference module combined with the results from the mystery shopper round was invaluable.”
Dr Briga Hynes, of the University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School, who chaired the adjudication panel, said: “Both Harmonics and Student Programmes Ireland demonstrated an ability to innovate and has impressive growth plans which no-doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of Irish entrepreneurs.
“They brought a real inspiration for what is possible in business in Ireland and provides important role models for the many aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small firms.”
Another firm from the Mid-West honoured was Nenagh business Echo IT run by Donal Bray.
It secured an accreditation for its business communications and rural broadband service.