Shannon Group win overall company of year at Limerick Chamber business awards

Nick Rabbitts at the Strand Hotel

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Nick Rabbitts at the Strand Hotel

Shannon Group win overall company of year at Limerick Chamber business awards

The Shannon Group have won the overall business of the year award at the Limerick Chamber regional business awards

THE Shannon Group has won the overall company of the year award at the Limerick Chamber regional business awards.

The semi-state firm, which employs 650 people across four different entities, was confirmed as the overall winner at the Limerick Chamber President's dinner in the Strand Hotel this Friday night.

The annual awards dinner, sponsored by LIT – of which the Limerick Leader is a media partner – is being attended by over 400 of the region’s top business leaders and local representatives.

In addition to the other seven business awards given out, a special President's award was presented by Dr Mary Shire to Dr Kieran Curran, of GenCell biosystems (now acquired by BD), for his services to the science and business community over the years.

Speaking at the awards, new Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan praised the standard of entries received - and also praised the judges panel, chaired by Anne Heraty of CPL Recruitment.

“The quality has been really high. The amount of work and time which has gone in from judges has been great to see. The judges would have spent ten hours on this process. It was a really thorough process.”

“It’s a big event, and there is a lot of work put into it. We hope people have enjoyed the night,” she added.

Shannon Group comprises of four separate entities, Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, the International Aviation Services Centre, and Shannon Heritage, which is the largest operator and developer of Heritage tourist attractions in Ireland.

The full list of the 2018 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards winners is as follows:

Best Emerging Business: Electricity Exchange

Best SME Business: Design Pro Automation

Best Large Business: Shannon Group

Best CSR: Optel Group

Best Retail & Hospitality Business: Masterchef

Best Not for Profit: Novas

Best Employer: 3 Ireland

Company of the Year: Shannon Group

2018 Limerick Chamber President’s Award: Dr Kieran Curran, GenCell Biosystems