BDO would like to extend their congratulations to joint winners of the BDO Retail and Hospitality award, Michael Gleeson Shoes and Limerick Strand Hotel. A huge round of applause went around the function room for Michael Gleeson, who has been in business in Limerick for over 40 years. All who attended Friday nights ball witnessed first hand the hospitality of the Limerick Strand , the service and meal was top class as always.
Grassland Agro,which produces and sells a range of commodity fertilisers and soil conditioning products, was hailed the ‘Overall Business of the Year’.
Over 400 of the region’s top business leaders and government officials attended the annual dinner and awards ceremony which featured a keynote address by Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland.
In addition to the 8 business awards contested on the evening, a special President’s award was presented by Cathal Treacy. Des O’Malley was the recipient of this Award. Mr O’Malley was honoured for his lasting legacy on the industrial landscape of our region. During his time as Minister for Industry and Commerce, he played a key role in bringing job-creating foreign investment into Limerick region. Previous winners of the Presidents Award include Shannon Airport chairperson Rose Hynes, Southill Gaelscoil founder Paddy O’Sullivan, and former Kerry Group chief executive Denis Brosnan.
All of the award winners were presented with a unique sculpture crafted from bog oak by Joe O’Shea of ‘Banner Bog Oak’.
The full list of the 2014 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards winners is as follows:
Best Start-Up / Emerging Business Award, sponsored by Limerick Institute of Technology: YellowSchedule
2014 Best SME Business Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland: Kemp Technologies
2014 Best Large Business Award, sponsored by Holmes O’Malley Sexton: Grassland Agro
2014 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award, sponsored by IDA Ireland: Dell Ireland
2014 Best Service Business Award, sponsored by Limerick City & County Council: Home Instead Senior Care
2014 Best Retail & Hospitality Business Award, sponsored by BDO: Michael Gleeson Shoes & Limerick Strand Hotel(joint winners)
2014 Best Sport, Art & Culture Business Award, sponsored by Northern Trust: The Lime Tree Theatre
2014 Overall Business of the Year Award: Grassland Agro
2014 Limerick Chamber President’s Award: Mr Des O’Malley
The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts drawn from the senior management teams of sponsors; Colin McLean, Head of Faculty of Business & Humanities, LIT, Paul Nestor, Taxation Partner, BDO, Dr Pat Daly, Director of Economic Development & Planning, Limerick City & County Council, Terry Heaney, Partner, Holmes O’Malley Sexton and Kieran Martin, Senior Business Manager, Bank of Ireland. The panel was chaired by Kieran Mac Sweeney and Secretariat was provided by LIT.