The new Laois Business Awards, organised by Laois Chamber, will take place at a black-tie event later this year.
In all 11 category winners will be announced in The Heritage, Killenard, on Friday, November 7.
Nominations open on Monday, July 11, 2022.
The 11 categories are:
- Outstanding SME of the Year (1-50 employees)
- Large Business of the Year (Over 50 employees)
- Start Up/Emerging New Business of the Year
- Business Supporting Community Award
- Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality
- Excellence in Retail
- Excellence in Innovation
- Best Online Presence & Social Media
- Excellence in Sustainability & Climate Action
- Spirit of Laois Award
- Laois Business of the Year Award
Nominations are open to all registered businesses operating in county Laois, with one non-business category, the Spirit of Laois Award.
This award category is open to community and voluntary individuals, organisations and groups in county Laois, and recognises and celebrates their success, giving recognition to those whose good deeds may have gone unnoticed.
The independent Judging Panel will be lead by Vincent Cleary, Managing Director of Glenisk, and he will be joined by Mary Rose Burke, CEO of Dublin Chamber, Paddy Dunican, Managing Director of Kilbeggan Races, and Kieran Comerford, Head of Economic Development and Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Carlow.
Speaking at the launch of the event, Vincent Cleary said:
“Having gone through the experience of building a leading Irish brand and then losing it all overnight, only then having to start from zero once again, we at Glenisk are very familiar with what is required in building a business from the ground up.
“I believe that I can bring this experience to bear in uncovering Laois’ hidden business gems.”
Alison Browne, President of Laois Chamber, added: “Laois Chamber are delighted to have an opportunity to award Laois businesses who are going the extra mile and who have developed ways of thriving in this fluctuating economy.
“Laois Chamber know County Laois is full of brilliant innovators, entrepreneurs, and great businesspeople.
“We believe it is the best place in Ireland to do business. This awards night will give us the chance to shine a light on all the great work being carried out by a very talented business sector.”
Looking forward to the event, Caroline Hofman, CEO Laois Chamber, further said: “We had originally planned to host the Laois Business Awards last November, but unfortunately due to Covid-19 we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the event.
“However, we are delighted that preparations are well underway for this year’s event and we are really looking forward to the Laois Business Awards being an annual fixture, celebrating the amazing Laois businesses we have in all four corners of the county, from all sectors and of all sizes.
“Our independent Judging Panel will no doubt have a difficult feat choosing the finalists and winners, and I wish everyone the very best of luck.”
Nominations open online on www.laoischamber.ie from Monday, 11th July 2022.
Tickets are priced at €95 including drink’s reception, gala dinner, awards ceremony and live entertainment, and can be purchased through the Laois Chamber website or by contacting the Laois Chamber office on 085 2566522 or e-mailing email@example.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The master of ceremonies for the awards will be Ronan Berry, presenter of the popular Taking Care of Business Show on Midlands 103.