Chamber launch biggest ever awards ceremony
The launch of the 2018 New Ross & District, Business & Community Awards took place at a barbecue at Creacon Wellness Retreat on Friday night which was attended by a large group of businesspeople and community group representatives.
Now in their eleventh year, the awards are firmly established on the business community's calendar, attracting more than 75 entries in 2017.
The New Ross Standard are media sponsors of the awards which provide business and community groups in the town and district an opportunity to share their inspiring stories and showcase achievements, within the spheres of business and the community.
Speaking on the night, Chamber president Jonathan Keenan welcomed everyone to Creacon Wellness Retreat where a spread of barbecue food was laid on.
Mr Keenan said the Chamber awards raise the profile of businesses, companies and community groups in the area.
'They are doing their bit to make New Ross shine.'
He encouraged people to make awards submissions early as the deadline is September 14, adding: 'I think the awards are a great way of keeping our business community strong.'
This year a total of 13 award categories were announced. These include some firm favourites such as 'New Start Up Business Award', 'Small Business of the Year Award', 'Community & Social Enterprise Award', 'Professional Services Award', 'Social Media Award' and 'New Ross & District Person of the Year Award.'
The hotly contested 'Business Woman of the Year Award' and 'Sports Club of the Year Award' feature for the third consecutive year with the addition of a new category 'Best in Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Award'.
Speaking on behalf of Wexford County Council, this year's title award sponsor, Ms Carolyne Godkin Economic Development Officer said: 'As your county council we are delighted to be part of the awards. The New Ross Chamber awards nights are always fantastic events for local businesspeople. I want to compliment the organisers and everyone involved in coordinating them.'
Everyone enjoyed the food, refreshments and some excellent music and looked forward to the awards this October.
The awards are free to enter and applications are now open. Business and community groups across the town and district will have until September 14 to get their entries in. This year's awards will also be supported by the Brandon House Hotel and world renowned crystal sculptor Fred Curtis, from Carrig on Bannow, who has once again designed this year's awards for the lucky winners.
Award category sponsors include AIB Bank New Ross, Wexford Local Enterprise Office, Guardian Fire & Safety, Creacon Wellness Retreat, Lake Region Medical (Integer). New sponsors this year are Kennedy Boutique Hotel, Permanent TSB New Ross, BOI New Ross, and Wexford Local Development. There are still some sponsorship opportunities available and those interested are asked to contact Teresa Delaney on 051 425077.
A full list of award categories, criteria and application forms, can be found at www.newrosschamber.ie or by contacting the Chamber office. Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, October 20, in the Brandon House Hotel.
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