Best in Business Awards 2013

Celebrating Successful Business at the

MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards 2013

The MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards were held in The Tullamore Court Hotel on Friday evening last 28th June 2013.  Guests were welcomed by a drinks reception, sponsored by Tullamore Dew which gave business people from across the Midlands an excellent Networking opportunity. Mr. John Humphries, President Midlands Gateway Chamber welcomed everyone to this, the third annual awards.  ‘Let’s be honest about it, business in today’s environment is tough. Taking the decision to start up a business is one of the hardest choices a person can make; it takes a certain type of person to take that initial leap of faith to start a business, for someone to be successful in that venture is a completely different story and encompasses personal qualities only those in business and their families can understand’ before quoting a famous quote “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary” He pointed out the importance of using the expertise of your local Chambers of Commerce members, particularly in current economic circumstances. He welcomed all sponsors and finalists to the event and thanked them for their contribution to making the whole night possible. Cllr. Fintan Cooney, Chairperson Midland Regional Authority addressed the audience stressing the importance of the ‘MidlandsIreland.ie’ which is our brand. The awards ceremony got under way with Mr. Will Faulkner, Midlands Radio as Master of Ceremonies.  

Winners 2013

Emerging New Business Award

The first award presented was to the Emerging New Business Award Category winner Preston House, Abbeyleix.  A delighted Breda and Danny Stackpool accepted the award, kindly sponsored by AIB, from Mr. Christy Byrne, representing AIB Midlands.  Other finalists in this category were DG Ventures and Pyxis Software.

Best Multi-National Business Award

The next award of the evening was Best Multi-National Business Awardkindly sponsored by the IDA. Ms. Breda O’Toole, IDA Midlands Regional Manager presented the award to Vincent Cox representing Cameron Ireland. The other finalist in this category was Abbott Diagnostics.

Best Cultural Tourism Award

The Best Cultural Tourism Award was presented to Birr Castle Demesne by Cllr Fintan Cooney representing CHARTS.  CHARTS is a Regional initiative co-financed by the European Regional Development to promote culture, heritage and landscape tourism.   The other finalists in this category who were highly commended were Ballinahown Craft Village and Clara Bog Visitor Centre.

Green Initiative Award

The winner of the Green Initiative Award was Cynar Plc., the award was presented by Mr. Paddy Rowland, Bord Na Mona’s Corporate Communications Manager.  The other finalists in this category were KMK Metals and Polar Ice Tech Ltd.

Retail Excellence Award

The Retail Excellence Award, kindly sponsored by The Bridge Centre, Dolans Pharmacy and Guy Clothing, Tullamore, was presented to the winners Red Earth Mullingar. The other finalists in this category were Leavys Centra, Tullamore and Telfords, Portlaoise.

Outstanding Business Award

The Outstanding Business Award, kindly sponsored by Glenisk was next with winners Green Farm Foods taking the award to Rathowen, Co. Westmeath. The other finalists in this category were Midlands 103 and the Flat Bread Company.

Business Person of the Year Award

The final business award was the Business Person of the Year Award, kindly sponsored by Lir Investors. Mr. Martin Nally presented the award to the winner, a jubilant Mr. Albert Fitzgerald, Midlands 103.  The other finalists were Mr. Kenneth Green, Green Farm Foods and Ms. Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice.

Life Time Achievement Award

The Life Time Achievement Award was kindly sponsored by the Element Power Ireland and Mr. Tim Cowhig, CEO presented the award to the astonished winner Mr. Trevor Brown, Irish Casings.  Trevor has given many years’ service to Irish Casings in Tullamore where he settled since early 1970’s.  Trevor was joined on the night by many family members and friends.

Midlands Ambassador of the Year Award

The Midlands Ambassador of the Year award was kindly sponsored by Tullamore Dew. The winner of the award, Mr. Conor Brady, unfortunately couldn’t be there in person to accept the award as he is travelling in Canada.  Conor had previously held roles as editor of the Irish Times and the Sunday Tribune.  Will Faulkner caught up with Conor earlier in the evening by Skype and recorded a message of thanks from Conor.  Conor was appreciative of the award particularly to be acknowledged for the work of a ‘media person’ in the Midlands region.  He emphasized all the Midlands had to offer and how we must continue to be proud of our area and promote it, particularly for Tourism.  Conor stressed how he was looking forward to working as Ambassador for the Midlands region in the coming year.  Conor’s award was accepted by Mr. Pat Gallagher, Offaly County Manager on his behalf. Mr. Will Faulkner invited John Perry, TD, Minister for State for Small Business to the stage to speak to the audience.  Minister Perry congratulated all involved with the organisation of such an event and said how delighted he was to join in celebrating all that is good in business in the Midlands.  He said that “Awards like these are important. They are important because they give well deserved recognition to the entrepreneurial efforts of the men and women running locally traded companies. They also showcase to the public the hard work, drive, commitment and innovation of those involved in the regional business community”.  In thanking Minister Perry for attending the awards, Ms. Anne Starling, President Tullamore Chamber of Commerce, presented him with a personalised bottle of Tullamore Dew. MC Will Faulkner wrapped up the formalities by thanking all who made the evening possible and introducing Bernard and Patrice Coyle on stage to entertain. Congratulations to all our winners:

Pictured from left, Back Row: Minister for Small Business John Perry; Sam Pearson – Birr Castle Demesne; Oliver Durkin – Green Farm Foods; Danny Stackpool – Preston House; Vincent Cox – Cameron Ireland; Trevor Brown – Irish Casings; Albert Fitzgerald – Midlands 103
Front Row: Jackie & Ruth Collins – Red Earth; Finola – Birr Castle Demesne; Breda Stackpool – Preston House; Alannah Murphy & Karen Lord – Cynar PLC

Pictured from left: Ian Gavin, Jennifer Meehan, Pat Whelan, John Humphries and Aidan Kilroy

Pictured from left: Ian Gavin, Jennifer Meehan, Pat Whelan, John Humphries and Aidan Kilroy

Photo Gallery 2013

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MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards Ceremony this weekend in Tullamore

This Friday evening, 28th June will see the business communities of the Midlands congregate in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly for the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards 2013.  With less than one week to go, tickets remain on sale priced at €40 per person or €350 for a corporate table of ten.  Proceedings will commence at 7.15pm with a drinks reception followed at 8pm by a locally sourced four course meal during which the awards ceremony will take place. The awards pay tribute to the talent, drive and innovation of the business community right across the Midland Counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois & Longford. Networking will be the theme of the evening with all those shortlisted promoting their business through displays and brochures.  Will Faulkner, Midlands 103 will act as MC for the night. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors of the awards this year, these include Element Power, Tullamore Dew, IDA, Bord na Mona, Glenisk, Lir Investors, AIB, The Bridge Centre and MRA/CHARTS (Culture and Heritage Added value to Regional policies for Tourism Sustainability), their contribution shows their commitment to business in the Midlands Area as well as assisting in making the awards a very special and prestigious event’ said Mr. John Humphries, President of Midlands Gateway Chamber. The following are those shortlisted for the various categories: The Emerging New Business Award finalists kindly sponsored by AIB are:
  • Pyxis (Offaly)
  • Preston House (Laois)
  • DG Ventures (Westmeath)
The Best Multi-National Award finalists kindly sponsored by IDA are:
  • Cameron Ireland (Longford)
  • Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)
The Business Person of the Year Award finalists kindly sponsored by Lir Investors are:
  • Mr. Albert Fitzgerald, Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Ms. Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Offaly)
  • Mr. Kenneth Green, Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)
The Outstanding Business Award finalists kindly sponsored by Glenisk are:
  • Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)
  • The Flat Bread Company (Offaly)
The Green Initiative Award finalists kindly sponsored by Bord Na Mona are:
  • KMK Metals (Offaly)
  • Cynar (Laois)
  • Polar Ice (Offaly)
The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists kindly sponsored by CHARTS (MRA) are:
  • Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)
  • Birr Castle Demesne (Offaly)
  • Clara Bog Visitor Centre (Offaly)
The finalists in the Retail Excellence Award kindly sponsored by Bridge Centre are:
  • Red Earth, (Westmeath)
  • Leavys Centra (Offaly)
  • Telfords Portlaoise (Laois)
The Award for Lifetime Achievement (kindly sponsored by Element Power) will be presented to an influential Tullamore Business person and also the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador Award (kindly sponsored by Tullamore Dew) will be presented on the night to someone who has made considerable contributions to business in the Midlands. Jennifer Meehan, Midlands Gateway Chamber’s new Administration and Operations Officer said “This is the networking opportunity of the year for the business community of the Midlands and with ticket sales going extremely well it is a night not to be missed.” For tickets please contact info@midlandsgatewaychamber.ie or Gemma Fletcher on 086 8914392/Jennifer Meehan 086 8180956.  The Tullamore Court Hotel are offering a special rate of €40 per person sharing including full Irish Breakfast.  Call the hotel on 057 93 46666 for booking.

Tickets Now on Sale for MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards 2013

Viewed as one of the most enjoyable networking events of the Midlands business calendar, this year’s MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards is now less than two weeks away.  Tickets are currently on sale priced at €40 per person or €350 for a table of ten.  The Awards presentation will take place on Friday 28th June in The Tullamore Court Hotel starting with a drinks reception on arrival at 7.15pm with a sumptuous four course meal & ceremony following at 8pm sharp.  With many influential business people from across the Midland Counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois & Longford in attendance on the night it is sure to be a productive evening for all in attendance and one not to be missed.

Will Faulkner, Midlands 103 will act as MC for the night and with categories now shortlisted to just three per group, the results are highly anticipated by all involved.

Mr John Humphries, President Midlands Gateway Chamber commented on the judging process this year ‘Again we have seen an extremely high level of business excellence in the entries received and our judges really found it hard to decide between the various businesses.  Competition was as close this year as any previous year.  I wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck’.

Our Sponsors for the Awards include IDA, Bord na Mona, Element Power, Glenisk, Lir Investors, AIB, Tullamore Dew and MRA/CHARTS (Culture and Heritage Added value to Regional policies for Tourism Sustainability).

The following are those shortlisted for the various categories:

The Emerging New Business Award finalists are:

  • Pyxis (Offaly)
  • Preston House (Laois)
  • DG Ventures (Westmeath)

The Best Multi-National Award finalists are:

  • Cameron Ireland (Longford)
  • Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)

The Business Person of the Year Award finalists are:

  • Mr. Albert Fitzgerald, Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Ms. Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Offaly)
  • Mr. Kenneth Green, Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)

The Outstanding Business Award finalists are:

  • Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)
  • The Flat Bread Company (Offaly)

The Green Initiative Award finalists are:

  • KMK Metals (Offaly)
  • Cynar (Laois)
  • Polar Ice (Offaly)

The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists are:

  • Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)
  • Birr Castle Demesne (Offaly)
  • Clara Bog Visitor Centre (Offaly)

The finalists in the Retail Excellence Award are:

  • Red Earth, (Westmeath)
  • Leavys Centra (Offaly)
  • Telfords Portlaoise (Laois)

The Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to a Tullamore Business Person and the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador will also be presented on the night to someone who has made considerable contributions to business in the Midlands.

For tickets please contact info@midlandsgatewaychamber.ie

or Gemma Fletcher on 086 8914392/Jennifer Meehan 086 8180956

MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards 2013

Finalists Announced

 

Pictured from Left to Right outside the Tullamore Court Hotel (this year's venue) are:
John McGrath - President of Athlone Chamber; Jennifer Meehan - Midlands Gateway Chamber;
John Humphries - President of Midlands Gateway Chamber;
Philip O'Brien - Tullamore Court Hotel; Gemma Fletcher - MidlandsIreland.ie Awards
Midlands Gateway Chamber is proud to announce the Finalists in the third annual MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards.  This year’s Business Awards Presentation will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly on Friday 28th June starting at 7.15pm.   These awards honour those who are excelling in various business categories throughout the four Midland Counties of Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford. Mr. John Humphries, President of the Midlands Gateway Chamber said ‘The categories were extremely competitive this year. It is great to see such a large number of entries in each of the categories, particularly in the Emerging New Business. In current economic situations it is great to see business people coming up with new innovative ideas”. Our Sponsors for the Awards include IDA, Bord na Mona, Element Power, Glenisk, Lir Investors, AIB and MRA/CHARTS (Culture and Heritage Added value to Regional policies for Tourism Sustainability). The Awards Committee would like to sincerely thank all the companies who took the time to nominate.  The following are those shortlisted for the various categories: The Emerging New Business Award finalists are:
  • Pyxis (Offaly)
  • Preston House (Laois)
  • DG Ventures (Westmeath)
The Best Multi-National Award finalists are:
  • Cameron Ireland (Longford)
  • Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)
The Business Person of the Year Award finalists are:
  • Mr. Albert Fitzgerald, Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Ms. Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Laois)
  • Mr. Kenneth Green, Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)
The Outstanding Business Award finalists are:
  • Midlands 103 (Offaly)
  • Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)
  • The Flat Bread Company (Offaly)
The Green Initiative Award finalists are:
  • KMK Metals (Offaly)
  • Cynar (Laois)
  • Polar Ice (Laois)
The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists are:
  • Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)
  • Birr Castle Demesne (Offaly)
  • Clara Bog Visitor Centre (Offaly)
The finalists in the Retail Excellence Award are:
  • Red Earth (Westmeath)
  • Leavys Centra (Offaly)
  • Telfords Portlaoise (Laois)
Best of luck to all of the finalists.  Tickets for this year’s MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards will go on sale later this week.  We expect strong interest in what is known as one of the main networking events of the year for businesses in the Midlands.  For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gemma Fletcher on 086 8914392 or Jennifer Meehan on 086 8180956 or email info@midlandsgatewaychamber.ie