‘An opportunity to celebrate Kerry business...’
IT’S amazing to think this is our third year hosting The Kerryman Business Awards as it only seems like yesterday that we first created the idea to stage such an event. Once again we have been inundated with applications from businesses across the county. Not only does each application tell its own personal story about the work and endeavour involved but, when combined, they reveal a broader insight into Kerry’s business story - a story that is not always given its rightful platform on which to showcase its true worth.
We’re proud that our awards go some way towards facilitating an environment where the people behind Kerry business can gather and celebrate their work and meet with fellow business people. We were conscious of this when starting out as we wanted to make The Kerryman Business Awards more than just another awards event per say. We wanted to give business people an opportunity to meet with like-minded business people and to relax and enjoy it; something we feel has been achieved in conjunction with The Ballygarry Hotel & Spa, which is a wonderful host.
This year has been no different in terms of the calibre of applications received. A goal of ours from the outset has been to keep evolving our award categories. Last year we broadened our tourism category as it was felt it needed to capture more businesses within the sector. This proved to be a huge success as we attracted the kind of businesses that might otherwise have gone under the radar. Similarly, in 2018, we decided to include an artisan category to attract all the businesses out there who provide a quality, and at times discreet, service. This too has proved to be a success.
We’re also delighted to welcome broadcaster Matt Cooper this year as our guest speaker. Matt needs no introduction as he has a strong background in business. Caroline McEnery is once again our emcee for the night. Caroline’s friendly and professional approach has proved popular with guests and we’re delighted she is on board with us again for this year.
Lastly, while I wish to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted for awards, I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted an application. Believe me when I say that deciding on a final list is never an easy process given the scope and quality of businesses involved. We’re proud that The Kerryman Business Awards has now evolved to become a key date in the business calendar; it’s a chance to celebrate the many positives associated with Kerry business. I’m very much looking forward to meeting you all on the night.