Dead­line for awards fast ap­proach­ing

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THE dead­line for ap­pli­cants for the New Ross and District Busi­ness and Com­mu­nity Awards is one month away and lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to not leave it un­til the last minute to ap­ply.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are firmly es­tab­lished, and at­tracted more than 75 en­tries in 2016. They pro­vide busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups in the town and district an op­por­tu­nity to share their in­spir­ing sto­ries and show­case achieve­ments.

En­try is free.

Ann O’Con­nor of Se­cret Val­ley Wildlife Park and Win­ner of ‘Busi­ness of the Year 2016’ told of the pos­i­tive im­pact the award had made on her busi­ness. Ann said: ‘We could now mar­ket our­selves as the award-win­ning Se­cret Val­ley Wildlife Park and be­cause of this we have since cap­tured new mar­kets in­clud­ing cor­po­rate evenings and hen par­ties.’

This year’s busi­ness award in­cludes some firm favourites such as New Start up Busi­ness Award, Small Busi­ness of the Year Award, Com­mu­nity & So­cial En­ter­prise Award and New Ross & District Per­son of the Year Award.

The hotly con­tested Busi­ness Woman of the Year Award and Sports Club of the Year Award fea­ture for their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with the ad­di­tion of two new cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Award and So­cial Me­dia Award.

The cat­e­gories are: Sports Club of the Year, Busi­ness Woman of the Year, New Ross & District Per­son of the Year, Em­ployee of the Year, Best in Re­tail Ex­pe­ri­ence (Mys­tery Shop Cat­e­gory), Best in Tourism, So­cial Me­dia Award, Com­mu­nity & So­cial En­ter­prise, Best New Start-up, Small Busi­ness of the Year and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Award.

Applications are now open for the awards and busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups will have un­til Septem­ber 22 to en­ter and win­ners will be an­nounced at the gala awards night on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, at the Bran­don House Ho­tel.

Tick­ets are now avail­able at the Cham­ber Of­fice at 051-425077

For fur­ther de­tails visit www.newross­cham­ or phone 051-425077.

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