Limerick Chamber launch 2015 Regional Business Awards

The 2015 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards were officially launched at a business breakfast sponsored by VHI in Limerick in the Castletroy Park Hotel last week.  Now in their fifth year, recognise and celebrate business success across all sectors and sizes from SME’s right up to multinationals. BDO are proud to sponsor the ‘Best Retail and Hospitality’ award.

Speaking at the launch, Catherine Duffy, President of Limerick Chamber said, “Since the inception of the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards in 2011 we have been trumpeting the success of businesses in our region.  We have a lot to shout about in the mid-west and these awards provide the perfect avenue for companies to showcase their exceptional businesses.”

“We are encouraging as many companies as possible to enter. It’s not just about the award winners. We have found that companies who have been shortlisted have found the recognition and profile received validates their efforts but also motivates and encourages them and others to strive for event more success,” she continued.

Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT, overall sponsors of the awards said, “LIT is delighted to sponsor the Limerick Chamber Business awards for the 5th year running. This marks a collaborative agreement between LIT and the Chamber at multiple levels. During this year of the 200th anniversary of the Chamber, lets commit to close collaboration between them and LIT for another 100 years – and of course I hope that all the businesses will still be there then.”

A new award category, Best Community Award, has been added to the previous seven categories.  This award is open to all charitable, social enterprise and non-profit organisations.

The categories in the 2015 Awards are:

  • Best Emerging Business
  • Best SME Business
  • Best Large Business
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility Business
  • Best Community
  • Best Retail & Hospitality Business
  • Best Sport, Art & Culture
  • Best Service Business

The judging panel is drawn from the senior management teams of our sponsors along with members of the Limerick Chamber board including Liam Hession of BDO.

The awards are open to all businesses (not just members) in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, North Cork and North Kerry.

Friday 25 September – Closing date for receipt of entries

Thursday 22 October – Shortlisted companies announced

Friday 13 November – Awards presented at Limerick Chamber President’s Dinner

Grassland Agro won the Best Large Company Award and Overal Business of the Year in 2014. Here’s what Liam Woulfe had to say…

“Everybody in Grassland AGRO was really delighted to have been awarded Best Large Company in Limerick and Mid-West followed by being Awarded the Overall Company of the Year 2014 by Limerick Chamber of Commerce last November. To be chosen for such a coveted award by our “home” Chamber of Commerce is an invaluable recognition for all our Staff, Customers, Suppliers, Bankers, Shareholders and business partners everywhere we operate. This achievement has benefitted us enormously as it highlighted the substance, products, vision and growth orientation of our well established locally based business that serves customers nationally and that sources much of its raw materials all over the world. I strongly urge all businesses that have a progressive attitude and determination to pursue these awards and to thus, at least benchmark yourself from the experience”


Pictured at the launch; Diarmuid Hendrick, Partner BDO, Ger Holliday, Partner BDO and Liam Hession, Partner BDO.


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