Mal­low awards are back

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - BILL BROWNE

AFTER a three-year ab­sence, the Barry Group spon­sored Mal­low Busi­ness Awards are to make a wel­come comeback, with the 2017 ver­sion of­fi­cially launched this week.

The win­ners of the eight cat­e­gories will be pre­sented with their awards at a cer­e­mony dur­ing the an­nual Mal­low Cham­ber Ball in the Spring­fort Hall Ho­tel on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24.

Speak­ing at the launch on Tues­day night Barry Group MD Jim Barry said Mal­low was a “great place for busi­ness” and that the awards high­lighted the im­por­tance of com­merce to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses is some­thing I’m very pas­sion­ate about. These awards are about recog­nis­ing the enor­mous im­pact they have on our com­mu­ni­ties and their im­por­tance to our lo­cal economies,” said Mr Barry.

THE pop­u­lar Barry Group-spon­sored Mal­low Busi­ness Awards are to make a wel­come re­turn after for the first time since in three years.

Busi­ness lead­ers from the greater Mal­low area gath­ered at the Barry Group HQ on Tues­day for the launch of the 2017 awards, which are once again be­ing held in con­junc­tion with Mal­low Cham­ber.

They were joined for the launch by Barry Group MD Jim Barry, Cham­ber pres­i­dent Sean Lynch and Deputy Kevin O’Ke­effe.

The awards will be handed out at a gala bash in Spring­fort Hall Ho­tel on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25. The cer­e­mony will co­in­cide with the Mal­low Cham­ber Ball, tra­di­tion­ally one of the high­lights of the lo­cal so­cial cal­en­dar.

Ad­dress­ing the launch, Mr Barry he hoped there would be a lot of in­ter­est in this year’s awards.

“You know Mal­low is a great place for busi­ness and we want to high­light the im­por­tance of small and big busi­nesses. There is a pur­pose be­hind these awards – to high­light the im­por­tance of com­merce to the lo­cal econ­omy and to fo­cus on the great busi­nesses that we have here in the Mal­low area,” said Mr Barry.

“We also want to let peo­ple know that we are open for busi­ness,” he added.

Cus­tomers and lo­cals have been en­cour­aged to place their nom­i­na­tions through a ded­i­cated awards Face­book page, where a link will be posted to the nom­i­na­tion forms. A book­let de­tail­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process for the awards will also be dis­trib­uted to busi­nesses across the re­gion over the com­ing weeks. The clos­ing date for en­tries will be Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

The win­ners will be cho­sen by a panel of judges.

The awards, which will be handed out in eight dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, are open to busi­nesses sit­u­ated Mal­low Town, with busi­nesses from other ar­eas in­clud­ing Ban­teer, But­te­vant, Castle­town­roche, Lis­car­roll, Rath­duff and But­te­vant also eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pant.

“Sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses is some­thing I’m very pas­sion­ate about. These awards are about recog­nis­ing the enor­mous im­pact they have on our com­mu­ni­ties and their im­por­tance to our lo­cal economies,” said Mr Barry.

“There are some fan­tas­tic busi­nesses across Mal­low and the sur­round­ing ar­eas and I think we will cap­ture the diver­sity and in­no­va­tion on of­fer across the eight cat­e­gories,” he added.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Sean Lynch thanked the Barry Group for sup­port­ing the awards say­ing it was great to hear peo­ple talk­ing so pos­i­tively about the ini­tia­tive.

“For this year’s awards we have also se­cured the ser­vices of men­tors from lo­cal fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and ac­coun­tants to help peo­ple fill in their ap­pli­ca­tions forms. The idea be­ing to give ap­pli­cants an op­por­tu­nity to re­view their busi­nesses and see how they can move them for­ward,” said Mr Lynch.

To find out about how to con­tact one of the men­tors call Mr Lynch on 087 939 7000 or con­tact the Cham­bers on 022 55660.

“I would urge ev­ery­one here this evening to spread the word and en­cour­age peo­ple to en­ter,” said Mr Lynch.

Michael Koz­era, Paul Quinn (In­tern­ship Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment Ltd.) and Niall Le­hane (Ther­mosafe Mal­low) pic­tured at Mal­low Busi­ness Awards launch. Photos: Sheila Fitzger­ald.

Cather­ine Barry (Barry’s Menswear), Sinead O’ Con­nor (Man­ager AIB Mal­low), Sean Lynch (Chair­man of Mal­low Cham­ber), Eithne Sheehy (AIB) and Marie O’ Cal­laghan (Bank of Ireland) pic­tured at the launch.

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