Finalists Announced at Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards

Midlands Gateway Chamber is proud to announce the Finalists in this, their fourth annual Best in Business Awards. This year’s Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards Ceremony will take place in the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on Friday 16th May starting with a drinks reception in The Old House at 7.30pm.   Every year these awards honour those who are excelling in various businesses and this year it is bigger and better with the inclusion of more awards attracting entrants from the four Midland Counties of Offaly, Westmeath, Laois and Longford. Mr John Humphries, President of the Midlands Gateway Chamber said “This is such a highly prestigious award to win because it encompasses businesses from the entire Midlands Region and I am delighted to say we had over 100 entries this year. It is great to see such a large number of competitive entries in each of the categories, particularly in the Emerging New Business. In current economic situations it is encouraging to see business people coming up with new innovative ideas.  I wish all the finalists the best of luck in the competition” Speaking at the announcement of this year’s finalists, Jennifer Meehan, Operations Manager for Midlands Gateway Chamber said: “There was a huge interest in some of the new categories that we introduced this year, particularly the Best Business Website Award and Best Customer Focus Award.  We added these new categories as we wanted to reflect and honour the changes in business today.  Businesses have obviously recognized the importance of their website, social media and in particular listening to their customers needs, as these 2 new categories received the most entries making it an even harder decision for the judges” The Awards Committee would like to sincerely thank all the companies who took the time to nominate and also to all the awards sponsors.  The following are those shortlisted for the various categories: The Emerging New Business Award finalists are:
  • Fix my I (Offaly)
  • Let’s Talk Solar (Westmeath)
  • LighterLife (Westmeath/Longford)
The Best Multi-National Award finalists are:
  • Cameron Ireland (Longford)
  • Covidien (Offaly)
  • Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)
The Business Person of the Year Award finalists are:
  • Mr Bertie Dunne, Annebrook House Hotel (Westmeath)
  • Mr Cathal O’Donohue, O’Donohue’s Bakery (Offaly)
  • Ms Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Laois)
The Outstanding Business Award finalists are:
  • Colm Quinn Motors (Westmeath)
  • Red Earth (Westmeath)
  • O’Donohue’s Bakery (Offaly)
The Employer of the Year Award finalists are:
  • The Greville Arms Hotel (Westmeath)
  • Mergon (Westmeath)
  • Mullingar Credit Union (Westmeath)
The Green Initiative Award finalists are:
  • Dezynamite (Offaly)
  • Polar Ice (Laois)
  • The Print Factory (Offaly)
The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists are:
  • Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)
  • Mullingar Arts Centre (Westmeath)
  • Athlone Castle & Luan Gallery (Westmeath)
The Retail Excellence Award finalists are:
  • Colm Quinn Motors (Westmeath)
  • Woodgrove Interiors (Offaly)
  • MarketPoint, Green Road & Austin Friar Pharmacies (Westmeath)
The Best Business Website Award finalists are:
  • Birr Theatre & Arts Centre (Offaly)
  • Hip Baby (Westmeath)
  • Quality Tractor Parts (Westmeath)
The Best Customer Focus Award finalists are:
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre (Offaly)
  • Preston House (Laois)
  • Red Earth (Westmeath)
Best of luck to all of the finalists and with only a fortnight to go until the event it is sure to be an exciting night.  Will Faulkner of Midlands 103 will once again be tasked with the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Tickets for this year’s Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards are already on sale priced at €40 per person or a corporate table of 10 for €360.  There has already been a strong interest in what is widely known as one of the main networking events of the year for businesses in the Midlands.  For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Meehan on 086 8180956 or email  
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