‘An op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Kerry busi­ness...’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 -

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.

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