‘Awards cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing good about lo­cal busi­ness’: Awards MC Caro­line McEn­ery

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

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.”

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