Friday 19 April 2019

Top local businesses honoured at awards

Harry McArdle of Height for Hire rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Chamber President Shona McManus with the team from State Street
Chamber President Shona McManus with the team from State Street
Award Winners at the 2018 Drogheda and District Chamber Business Excellence Awards at the City North Hotel

On Saturday last, Drogheda & District Chamber held their 14th annual Drogheda Business Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston.

Once again, this was the social highlight of the year for the business community, full of glitz and glamour, celebrating small, medium and large enterprises from across the Greater Drogheda region.

A packed attendance of over three hundred local business people and dignitaries were present to hear the winners announced in fourteen different categories, with Awards going to both new and well established businesses.

Applicants for the Awards were assessed by an independent judging panel. As always, the judges were faced with difficult decisions. Shona McManus, Chamber President, expressed delight at the huge interest shown by local businesses and congratulated both the winners and all other participating businesses, wishing them continued success. "We are very grateful to the adjudicating panel for volunteering their time and expertise. Once again, they found the submissions to be of a very high standard and it was encouraging to see many new entrants this year", she said.

Speaking about the Business Excellence Awards programme, Drogheda Mayor, Frank Godfrey said, "It was great to see so many new as well as long-standing businesses participate in this year's Awards programme. I congratulate all the category winners and the many other businesses who were nominated". He added, "Drogheda has a bright future and the Chamber are to be congratulated for promoting all that is good about businesses in the Greater Drogheda area - Ireland's largest town, and the biggest and best location for business in the North East !".

In addition to the Business Awards, Harry McArdle was awarded this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented on the night by Sponsors, Flogas. Harry is the founder and chairman of Height for Hire, which has become the largest privately- owned MEWP access rental company in the UK and Ireland. Today, Height for Hire has over 2,000 machines in its fleet and 36 depots across Ireland, the UK, Hungary and Slovakia. Harry continues to play a key role in the business, attributing his success to hard work; the support of his family and having the right people on his team.

Chamber President Shona McManus concluded by again thanking all participants; the adjudicating panel and the many sponsors for their support of the event. She encouraged all local businesses to engage with the Chamber in relation to next year's awards programme and the many activities and events organised throughout the year by the Chamber in support of local businesses.

Category winners: SME of the Year (1-50 Employees) Grand Designs Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd. SME of the Year (50 + Employees) WaterWipes. Health, Hair & Beauty, Simply Fit Food Limited. Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, Indaver. Fleadh Award, Drogheda Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Coffee Shop and Casual Dining, No. Three Old Bar & Restaurant.

Tourism Business of the Year, CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre. Retail Excellence, Malones Toyota Drogheda. Employee Training & Development, Louth Volunteer Centre. Start-up Business of the year, Listoke Distillery Ltd. Family Business of the Year, Smiths of Drogheda. Social Media & Digital Marketing Strategy, Anglo Printers. People's Choice Award, Hurley Bros. Lifetime Achievement, Harry McArdle.

Drogheda Independent