Duhal­low Busi­ness Awards time

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - MARIA HERLIHY

THE date has been set for the fifth IRD Duhal­low Busi­ness Awards - in just two months time - and now mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in the re­gion are be­ing en­cour­aged to en­ter across a host of cat­e­gories.

On Novem­ber 16, IRD Duhal­low, in con­junc­tion with The Cork­man, will hon­our and recog­nise the busi­ness com­mu­nity who help put their re­gion on the map. The awards recog­nise the sus­tain­abil­ity, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion which busi­nesses in the re­gion show­case, as well as their in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Over the last num­ber of years in the Duhal­low re­gion, the busi­ness com­mu­nity have shown their in­no­va­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and ut­ter de­ter­mi­na­tion to push their en­ter­prises for­ward,” said John Fe­er­ick, MD of The Cork­man, adding: “It re­ally is fit­ting that the busi­ness com­mu­nity are also lauded for their achieve­ments.”

Again this year busi­nesses can en­ter the awards process in a num­ber of cat­e­gories, so now it’s time for lo­cal en­trepreneurs to pit their busi­nesses against the best in Duhal­low and vie for the hon­ours -

THE fifth IRD Duhal­low Busi­ness Awards will take place in just two months time and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in the re­gion are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply across a host of cat­e­gories.

While the re­gion is long re­garded as be­ing rich in cul­ture, mu­sic and sport, the busi­ness com­mu­nity have also shown they are the true am­bas­sadors of Duhal­low.

IRD Duhal­low, in con­junc­tion with The Cork­man, will hon­our and recog­nise the busi­ness com­mu­nity who help put their re­gion on the map.

The awards recog­nise the sus­tain­abil­ity, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion which busi­nesses in the re­gion show­case, as well as their in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy. The awards cer­e­mony will be held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, in a mar­quee on the grounds of the James O’Ke­effe In­sti­tute in Newmarket.

John Fe­er­ick, MD of The Cork­man said: “For the fifth year in a row, The Cork­man is truly de­lighted to be the me­dia part­ner for the IRD Duhal­low Busi­ness awards.”

“He said over the last num­ber of years in the Duhal­low re­gion, the busi­ness com­mu­nity have shown their in­no­va­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and ut­ter de­ter­mi­na­tion to push their en­ter­prises for­ward.

“There is cer­tainly a can-do at­ti­tude in the Duhal­low catch­ment re­gion and while the area is rich in sport, mu­sic and a com­mu­nity spirit, it re­ally is fit­ting that the busi­ness com­mu­nity are also lauded for their achieve­ment,” he added.

Maura Walsh, CEO of IRD Duhal­low, said: “We are once again re­ally de­lighted to hold th­ese busi­ness awards. With­out ques­tion, the awards re­flect the busi­ness acu­men, tal­ent and cal­i­bre of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in this catch­ment re­gion.”

As the catch­ment re­gion of IRD Duhal­low has re­cently been ex­panded, for the sec­ond year in-a-row ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted from the Muskerry re­gion.

When all ap­pli­ca­tions have been sub­mit­ted, it will then be a mat­ter for the judges to view each ap­pli­ca­tion on its own mer­its and then the short-list­ing stage will be un­der­taken.

The cat­e­gories for the awards will con­sist of Best Busi­ness

Start Up (con­fined to busi­nesses which com­menced trad­ing on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2015); Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness Award

(con­fined to busi­nesses that com­menced trad­ing prior to Jan­uary 1, 2015); Cre­ative In­dus­try Award; Best Agri Re­lated Busi­ness; Women Led Busi­ness

Award and Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise Award.

There will also be an over­all award and this will go to the com­pany that judges feel is the most de­serv­ing of the ti­tle of ‘Best Duhal­low Busi­ness’.

Photo by Sheila Fitzger­ald

At­tend­ing the launch of the 2017 IRD Duhal­low Busi­ness Awards at the James O’Ke­effe In­sti­tute, Newmarket, this week were, from left: Billy Man­gan (Cork­man Sales Ex­ec­u­tive); Siob­han Mur­phy (Group Sales & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager The Cork­man/The Ker­ry­man); John Fe­er­ick (Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, The Ker­ry­man/The Cork­man), Eileen Line­han (As­sis­tant Man­ager IRD Duhal­low), Maria Herlihy (Jour­nal­ist, The Cork­man), and Louise Bourke (De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer IRD Duhal­low).

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