EX­CEL­LENCE IN BUSI­NESS

FIN­GAL DUBLIN CHAM­BER AN­NUAL AWARDS

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By FER­GAL MAD­DOCK

THE ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, drive, in­no­va­tion and suc­cess of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in the Fin­gal re­gion has been hon­oured once again.

The 15th an­nual Fin­gal Dublin Cham­ber Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence and Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Awards came to a won­der­ful con­clu­sion at the an­nual gala awards night at the Crowne Plaza North­wood in Santry last Fri­day evening.

Al­most 500 peo­ple at­tended the cer­e­mony which had 23 awards up for grabs. In the re­gion of 100 busi­nesses were short­listed for the awards from an 250-strong en­try list.

MC for the evening was Marty Whe­lan who once again did a won­der­ful job en­ter­tain­ing and in­form­ing the crowd dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

The awards are or­gan­ised each year to cre­ate aware­ness of and high­light busi­ness ex­cel­lence across al busi­ness sec­tors, pri­vate, pu­bic and char­ity.

The awards pro­vide an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for the busi­ness com­mu­nity to come to­gether in a spirit of vi­brancy and op­ti­mism and to pro­mote them­selves and their staff by en­ter­ing the var­i­ous award cat­e­gories.

Mayor of Fin­gal Cllr Mary Mc­cam­ley wel­comed all the guests to the cer­e­mony, and wished all the fi­nal­ists the very best of look.

Cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Cooney, who took up the post ear­lier in the year, spoke of hi s plan to work with lo­cal busi­nesses to de­velop a ‘vi­sion and ideas to en­sure that the cham­ber is fu­ture-proofed as we fully em­brace the dig­i­tal era, which, whether we like it or not, is very much here to stay’.

‘I am ex­tremely grate­ful to have a very strong ex­ec­u­tive board and coun­cil who have com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in peo­ple, tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to de­velop a cham­ber that is fo­cused on be­ing at the very cut­ting edge of busi­ness.’

He added: ‘In my role as CEO, it is my in­ten­tion to have a close and co­op­er­a­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with DCU, Dublin Air­port, Fin­gal County Coun­cil and also with all the fine busi­nesses within the North Dublin and Fin­gal re­gion, many of which are rep­re­sented here tonight.’

He also took the op­por­tu­nity to talk about the im­por­tance of bring­ing Metro North to the re­gion. ‘Dublin is only one of two Euro­pean cap­i­tals not to have a train ser­vice to our air­port. The pro­vi­sion of Metro North which is vi­tal to al­low busi­ness to com­pete in an ever com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment will en­hance not only the lives of busi­nesses and air­line trav­ellers but also the grow­ing, wider pop­u­la­tion of the greater Fin­gal re­gion.’

De­vel­op­ment in Peo­ple CSR Award - DAA Dublin Air­port.

Busi­ness and De­vel­op­ment and Growth Ex­cel­lence Award - Clay­ton Ho­tel Dublin Air­port.

Best Start Up/new Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Award - Hope Beer.

Large Em­ployer of the Year CSR Award - One4all.

Best Small Busi­ness Award - Ever­est Gra­nola.

Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Ex­cel­lence Award - Fairy­house Race­course.

Agata Kusak-thion, Guy Thomp­son and Cliodhna O’byrne.

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