‘Awards celebrate everything good about local business’: Awards MC Caroline McEnery
THE Kerryman is delighted to announce that entrepreneur, Caroline McEnery will host the 2017 Kerryman Business Awards. Caroline is Managing Director of the HR Suite - winners of last year’s award for ‘Best Social Corporate Responsibility’.
The HR Suite offer specialist, tailored and effective human resources and business solutions to clients throughout Ireland, giving advice and training in Human Resource Management; Employment Law, and Training and Recruitment to a nationwide client base of SME’s and multinationals.
“I’m really excited about being MC at The Kerryman Business Awards. The awards are a brilliant platform to celebrate everything that’s good about local business in Kerry. It’s very important that we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and success of businesses in Kerry. It’s also a good opportunity for business people to network who might not otherwise get the opportunity to meet other business people in a social environment,” Caroline said.
One of the biggest challenges for local business in Kerry according to Caroline is location, which essentially means things like infrastructure and broadband are vitally important in order to provide a sense of connectedness, whether it be Ireland or globally.
“Being from Kerry means we’re playing on an international stage and it’s about maximising these opportunities. This is why infrastructure and broadband are vital. After that anything is attainable.”
In terms of HR management, Caroline believes people form the core of a business and maximising their potential for the mutual benefit of employers and employees is vital.
“Business is all about people and if you don’t recruit the best employees; if you don’t train, motivate or give feedback, then you are not maximising the competitive advantage that people give your business. For me, it’s all about people and maximising human capital. HR is also vital for ensuring employers are aware of their legal obligations,” Caroline added.
In addition, Caroline is mentor of ACORNS – a programme structured to promote entrepreneurship for women. Moreover, she is also actively involved with a sister group called ‘Growing for Growth’ which helps foster entrepreneurship in rural areas.
“I suppose given the fact we’re located in rural Ireland people have to take their own initiative and opportunity. We have amazing entrepreneurs in Kerry and research tells us that by giving entrepreneurs a spring board in the early stages of their setup helps them hugely in the growth phase.”