Cape Clear B&B re­ceives an All-Stars ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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A Fáilte Ire­land-reg­is­tered B+B ser­vice on Cape Clear has been en­rolled in The Busi­ness All-Star pro­gramme which recog­nises com­pa­nies that have dis­tin­guished them­selves in busi­ness in the past year.

Ard na Gaoithe was ac­cred­ited with the All-Star Gaeltacht Ex­pe­ri­ence Tourism fol­low­ing four rounds of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion.

Sup­ported by ref­er­ences, in­ter­views and in­de­pen­dent rat­ings from a ‘mys­tery shop­per’ process, or­gan­is­ers said the ad­ju­di­ca­tion panel was left no doubt Cape Clear B&B/Ard na Gaoithe was richly de­serv­ing of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Eibh­lín Uí Lionáin, owner and founder of the B&B, said: “Achiev­ing All-Stars ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a great source of for us and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to meet and in­deed ex­ceed the stan­dards set by the All-Star pro­gramme.

“The process which led to this ac­cred­i­ta­tion truly stretched us, the struc­ture of the com­pe­ti­tion re­quired us to put our brand story on pa­per and gave us the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on who we are, our growth strat­egy and above all the value we cre­ate for our tar­get au­di­ence.

“The op­por­tu­nity to hear first-hand feed­back from our judge-men­tor, our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers, part­ners and sup­pli­ers through the ref­er­ence mo­d­ule com­bined with the re­sults from the mys­tery shop­per round was in­valu­able,” she said.

Chair­per­son of the ad­ju­di­ca­tion panel, Dr Briga Hynes from Kemmy Busi­ness School, Uni­ver­sity of Lim­er­ick, said Ard na Gaoithe demon­strated an abil­ity to in­no­vate and “has im­pres­sive growth plans which no-doubt re­flects the re­silience and op­ti­mism that are the hall­marks of Ir­ish en­trepreneurs”.

She said the gaeltacht is­pride land en­ter­prise gave “real in­spi­ra­tion for what is pos­si­ble in busi­ness in Ire­land and pro­vide im­por­tant role mod­els for the many as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs and ex­ist­ing small firms”.

Mean­while, Eibh­lín said: “We are lo­cal, is­lan­der and Ir­ish speak­ing fam­ily of­fer­ing a deeper cul­tural hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of the Wild At­lantic Way. We of­fer Gaeilge agus Fáilte. Stay­ing with us means that you can use your Cú­pla Fo­cal Gaeilge with us in a real-life set­ting.

“A stay with us is re­fresh­ing, re­new­ing and re­lax­ing. En­joy tasty home-bak­ing, break­fasts with our own farm eggs and herbs, menus to suit gluten-free, ve­gan, and lac­tose in­tol­er­ant di­ets.”

Dr Briga Hynes, UL, left, with Tri­ona ni Lionáin, man­ager and Eilbh­lin Uí Lion­ain, founder of Cape Clear /Ard na Gaoithe which was ac­cred­ited with the Busi­ness All-Star Gaeltacht Ex­pe­ri­ence Tourism.

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