Mallow business awards launched
The popular Barry Group-sponsored Mallow Business Awards are to make a welcome return after for the first time since in three years.
Business leaders from the greater Mallow area gathered at the Barry Group HQ on Tuesday for the launch of the 2017 awards, which are once again being held in conjunction with Mallow Chamber.
They were joined for the launch by Barry Group MD Jim Barry, Chamber president Sean Lynch and Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe. The awards will be handed out at a gala bash in Springfort Hall Hotel on Saturday, November 25. The ceremony will coincide with the Mallow Chamber Ball, traditionally one of the highlights of the local social calendar.
Addressing the launch, Mr Barry he hoped there would be a lot of interest in this year's awards. "You know Mallow is a great place for business and we want to highlight the importance of small and big businesses. There is a purpose behind these awards - to highlight the importance of commerce to the local economy and to focus on the great businesses that we have here in the Mallow area," said Mr Barry.
"We also want to let people know that we are open for business," he added. Customers and locals have been encouraged to place their nominations through a dedicated awards Facebook page, where a link will be posted to the nomination forms.
A booklet detailing the application process for the awards will also be distributed to businesses across the region over the coming weeks. The closing date for entries will be Friday, October 20. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. The awards, which will be handed out in eight different categories, are open to businesses situated Mallow Town, with businesses from other areas including Banteer, Buttevant, Castletownroche, Liscarroll, Rathduff and Buttevant also eligible to participant.
"Supporting local businesses is something I'm very passionate about. These awards are about recognising the enormous impact they have on our communities and their importance to our local economies," said Mr Barry. "There are some fantastic businesses across Mallow and the surrounding areas and I think we will capture the diversity and innovation on offer across the eight categories," he added.
Chamber president Sean Lynch thanked the Barry Group for supporting the awards saying it was great to hear people talking so positively about the initiative. "For this year's awards we have also secured the services of mentors from local financial institutions and accountants to help people fill in their applications forms. The idea being to give applicants an opportunity to review their businesses and see how they can move them forward," said Mr Lynch.
To find out about how to contact one of the mentors call Mr Lynch on 087 939 7000 or contact the Chambers on 022 55660. "I would urge everyone here this evening to spread the word and encourage people to enter," said Mr Lynch.