The dust hasn’t event settled on the Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards (at time of writing, the band are only into their first set) but a great night was had at the Lyrath Estate Hotel for the annual Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards, this year sponsored by Glanbia.
Local businesses the length and breadth of the county were competing for awards in 20 categories on the night at a sold out awards ceremony hosted by RTE’s Mary Kennedy.
Outside of the 20 category awards, there are three key awards handed out each year – the Lifetime Achievement award, the President’s Award (presented by this current president Martin Costello) and the Overall Business of the Year award.
The first, the Lifetime Achievement award was presented to long-standing Kilkenny retailer Jim Bourke. Kilkenny senior county manager Brian Cody was the recipient of this year’s President’s Award, an award he recognised as a team award for the work put in by Kilkenny hurling and hurlers year round.
Finally, the Overall Business of the Year award went to Patrick Street based firm Brian Dunlop Architects.
Here’s the award winners list in full.
|Agri Business of the Year||Raheen-Na-Gun Stud|
|Craft Producer of the Year||Bespoke & Co|
|Culture Heritage & Tourism Award||Kilkenny Arts Festival|
|Customer Service Excellence||Callan Dental|
|Emerging New Business||Greensbridge Engineering|
|Employee of the Year||Lucie Dowling (Pembroke Hotel)|
|Employer of the Year||McDonald's|
|The Environmental Award||The Watershed|
|Excellence in Communications||Kilkenny Arts Festival|
|Excellence in Hospitality||The Newpark Hotel|
|Exporter of the Year||Callan Bacon|
|Family Business of the Year||Nolan's Jewellers|
|Food & Drink Producer of the Year||Natures Oils & Sauces|
|Innovation in Business||TSSG|
|Intern in Business||Patrick Ryan|
|Information & Communications Technology||TSSG|
|Investment in Skills/Training/Staff||Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel|
|Retailer of the Year||Grogan & Brown|
|Service Provider of the Year||Callan Dental|
|Small Business of the Year||Brian Dunlop Architects|
A good night so for Kilkenny Arts Festival, TSSG and Callan Dental both picking up two awards on the night while Brian Dunlop picked up Small Business of the Year and Overall Business of the Year.
Highlights will be available on KilkennyChamber.ie shortly.