Luke is the toast of Fin­gal busi­ness world

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

LO­CAL Su­pervalu re­tailer and hote­lier Luke Mo­ri­arty has won the cov­eted JC Sav­age Fin­gal Busi­ness Per­son of the Year Award for 2017.

The award was pre­sented at the Fin­gal Dublin Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence and Cor­po­rate Re­spon­si­bil­ity Awards, hosted by Marty Whe­lan.

Orig­i­nally from Kerry, Luke Mo­ri­arty is manag­ing di­rec­tor of a fam­ily re­tail and hospi­tal­ity busi­ness he founded thirty years ago, in 1987.

The group now com­prises three Su­pervalu su­per­mar­kets and two 4 star ho­tels, em­ploy­ing over 650 peo­ple in north and west Dublin.

Ac­cept­ing the pres­ti­gious award, Luke Mo­ri­arty said it was par­tic­u­larly wel­come as the fam­ily busi­ness cel­e­brated its 30 year an­niver­sary in 2017.

‘Mo­ri­arty Group is a team ef­fort and ev­ery­thing achieved over the past thirty years has been thanks to a ded­i­cated team of peo­ple around me, who share my vi­sion of ser­vice and stan­dards that go above and be­yond at all times,’ the pop­u­lar lo­cal busi­ness­man said.

Luke also ac­knowl­edged that he was de­lighted to win a prize named in hon­our of JC Sav­age, a man who was leg­endary in in­de­pen­dent gro­cery re­tail­ing and an in­spi­ra­tional busi­ness­man.

The award cat­e­gory, which was spon­sored by Dublin Air­port, was cre­ated to hon­our an out­stand­ing busi­ness pro­fes­sional in the Fin­gal re­gion, whose busi­ness ac­tiv­ity brings sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers and the com­mu­nity.

Guests at the awards cer­e­mony heard how this year’s Fin­gal Busi­ness Per­son of the Year has, in 30 years trad­ing through var­i­ous down­turns, built up a sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness which em­ploys hun­dreds lo­cally, sup­ports lo­cal sup­pli­ers and ser­vice providers, and makes a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­ni­ties in which the busi­nesses are based.

The Mo­ri­arty Group has con­trib­uted well over €5m to com­mu­nity and sport­ing groups since its foun­da­tion.

Through Su­pervalu, the busi­ness has con­trib­uted mas­sively to Tidy Towns in the Fin­gal area for twenty years, with many lo­cal sports clubs also ben­e­fit­ting, in­clud­ing Sk­er­ries Harps GAA, O’dwyers GAA and Man-o-war in Bal­brig­gan, as well as Bal­brig­gan RFC and Sk­er­ries RFC.

A big GAA sup­porter, Luke Mo­ri­arty be­lieves in sport as an im­por­tant el­e­ment of com­mu­ni­ties and es­sen­tial for young peo­ple’s de­vel­op­ment.

Mo­ri­arty also served as Pres­i­dent of Bal­brig­gan Cham­ber of Com­merce in 2015 and 2016, in which time he was part of a team work­ing to pro­mote the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas as an ideal lo­ca­tion for new and emerg­ing busi­nesses.

De­vel­op­ing the area’s tourism of­fer­ing, plan­ning for the cre­ation of a lo­cal agri­food hub, and en­gag­ing with the Coun­cil on in­fra­struc­ture and plan­ning, as well as en­hanced ed­u­ca­tion, sports and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, were projects to which the lo­cal busi­ness­man con­trib­uted.

Yvonne Mo­ri­arty, Sales & Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor in the Mo­ri­arty Group, said that her fa­ther is gen­uinely mo­ti­vated by mak­ing things bet­ter for peo­ple.

‘Luke never fails to do his best for ev­ery­one, whether it is the peo­ple shop­ping in Mo­ri­arty’s Su­pervalu, or stay­ing in the ho­tels, the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, his fam­ily, or the hun­dreds of peo­ple who work in the Mo­ri­arty Group; dad takes an ac­tive in­ter­est in peo­ple’s lives and will al­ways pro­vide en­cour­age­ment and prac­ti­cal sup­port,’ Yvonne Mo­ri­arty said at the Fin­gal Dublin Cham­ber an­nual busi­ness awards.

Luke Mo­ri­arty, the win­ner of the JC Sav­age Busi­ness Per­son of the Year.

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