The abil­ity of Kerry busi­nesses to evolve and with­stand ad­ver­sity is amaz­ing...

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 - John Fe­er­ick Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor The Ker­ry­man

THE Ker­ry­man Busi­ness Awards cel­e­brates the fan­tas­tic mix­ture of busi­nesses we have here in Kerry rep­re­sent­ing a cross-sec­tion of ru­ral and ur­ban life. They are the back­bone of our vil­lages and towns, for not only do they con­trib­ute to the so­cial and eco­nomic fab­ric of com­mu­ni­ties, they also help cre­ate jobs and sus­tain the lo­cal econ­omy through var­i­ous busi­ness ini­tia­tives.

On Oc­to­ber 19 The Bal­ly­garry Ho­tel & Spa will again host our awards event, which we’re ex­tremely proud of. I men­tioned at the out­set of the awards back in 2016 that I felt they would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to in­crease their pro­file out­side of their tra­di­tional sup­port base. Very of­ten a lo­cal busi­ness is con­fined to the ser­vice it pro­vides, but The Ker­ry­man Busi­ness Awards has shown that lo­cal busi­nesses have be­come bet­ter known as a re­sult of sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion and hav­ing our read­er­ship dis­cover what it is they do, and the ser­vice they pro­vide.

The INEC Kil­lar­ney were wor­thy over­all win­ners of last year’s event. More­over, the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory win­ners also demon­strated an ex­cit­ing cross-sec­tion of services in tour- ism, hos­pi­tal­ity and pub­lic services. In­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity is never in short sup­ply when as­sess­ing the range of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived and it’s as­tound­ing to see the list of busi­nesses out there and how each plays an im­por­tant part in the day-to-day run­ning of com­mu­ni­ties.

Broad­caster and pre­sen­ter Matt Cooper is one of the best in the busi­ness and we’re de­lighted that he will be join­ing us to share his in­sights about lo­cal busi­ness and the chal­lenges they face. Our em­cee for the evening is Caro­line McEn­ery, who does a mar­vel­lous job each year. Caro­line is a lead­ing en­tre­pre­neur and she recog­nises and ap­pre­ci­ates the hard work of busi­ness peo­ple in Kerry.

Fi­nally, our awards are noth­ing with­out the en­tries we re­ceive and I would like to thank each and every busi­ness in Kerry for shar­ing their story with us. Busi­nesses in Kerry face con­stant chal­lenges and their abil­ity to evolve and with­stand ad­ver­sity is truly amaz­ing. I con­grat­u­late our short­listed en­tries and look for­ward to meet­ing them on the night.

Over­all win­ners of the 2017 Ker­ry­man Busi­ness Awards - The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney.

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