Drogheda Business awards launched
15th annual Chamber Awards event to be staged in the City North Hotel will be bigger and better than ever
The 15th annual Drogheda Business Excellence Awards were launched at a ceremony in the Highlanes Gallery on Thursday, May 23rd with Mayor Frank Godfrey in attendance to help launch the new look awards.
This year, the Drogheda and District Chamber Awards Programme has been revitalised to professionalise and modernise them to a world class standard.
With highly experienced independent judges, a host of new categories, a new easy application process and personalised feedback to all shortlisted businesses, there has never been a better time to align your business with the best in the region and enter this renowned competition.
A novel element of the Awards is the inclusion of a 'Peoples' Choice Award', which involves finalists competing to secure the greatest number of on-line votes as possible using the Public Voting System.
Chamber President, Shona McManus said Drogheda has shown with the Fleadh just how well we can celebrate great community and cultural events. Being one of Ireland's largest urban centres, we've also got many top class businesses, both large and small - and the Business Excellence Awards are there to recognise those.
The Business Awards Programme is free to enter and is open to both Chamber Members and Non-Members operating in Drogheda and surrounding areas.
Ms McManus said the awards are a great opportunity for local companies to showcase their business and with a number of new categories added this year there is something for everyone: 'It's a special moment to get shortlisted for an award and extra special to win one. I am encouraging all businesses in the area to consider putting themselves forward this year for what is a fantastic showcasing opportunity. Businesses may enter in a maximum of three categories, which enhances the possibility of them winning an award.'
The launch event in the Highlanes Gallery was attended by representatives of the Sponsor companies along with Chamber Members and other local businesses. All Sponsors were thanked for supporting this year's Awards, including Flogas who are Premier Sponsor for 2019.
The Categories and Sponsors for the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards 2019 are: 1. SME of the Year (1-10 employees)Sponsored by First Citizen Finance, 2. SME of the Year (11-50 employees), Sponsored by Scotch Hall Shopping Centre, 3. SME of the Year (51+ employees), Sponsored by Irish Cement Ltd, 4. Health & Fitness, Sponsored by BD Medical, 5. Beauty Salon of the Year -Sponsored by WaterWipes, 6. Best Café / Coffee Shop - Sponsored by Mc Closkey's Bakery, 7. Best Dining Experience - Sponsored by Nature's Best , 8. Best Hotel of the Year - Sponsored by YapStone, 9. Best Marketing & Social Media AwardSponsored by Anglo Printers, 10. Best Not for Profit Organisation - Sponsored by Drogheda Credit Union, 11. Best Professional Services - Sponsored by Indaver, 12. Employee Development & Training - Sponsored by Hanley Energy, 13. Tourism Award - Sponsored by Louth County Council, 14. Family Business of the Year - Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, 15. Start-up of the Year - Sponsored by Local Enterprise Office Louth, 16. Retailer of the Year - Sponsored by AIB, 17. Fleadh Award -Sponsored by Osborne, 18. CSR Award - Sponsored by State Street, 19. People's Choice Award - Sponsored by Glanbia, 20. Lifetime Achievement Award - Sponsored by Flogas.
Businesses are now encouraged to submit their applications for the Awards.
Applications will be available to download from the Drogheda Chamber website, www.droghedachamber.com over the coming weeks, where you will also find details of the awards programme.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 13th.
Geraldine King, co-ordinator of the Awards Adjudication Committee - was on hand at the launch and set out the entry procedures as well as providing details about the Categories and changes for 2019.
There is a further opportunity on Thursday, July 4th for applicants to find out more in person, when a free Breakfast Briefing will be held at the Drogheda Chamber office on the Dublin Road commencing at 9.15am, giving expert advice on how to complete the application form. To register, contact the Chamber office on 041 98 33544.
The official Awards night will take place on Saturday, November 23rd in the CityNorth Hotel.
This year promises to be a real celebration with plenty of glitz and glamour as always.
Stay tuned to the Drogheda Chamber website and check out the hashtag #DBEA19 across social platforms for up to date information.