Shortlists announced for prestigious Midlands Business Awards

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

Viewed as one of the most enjoyable networking events of the Midlands business calendar, this year’s MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards is now less than two weeks away.

Viewed as one of the most enjoyable networking events of the Midlands business calendar, this year’s MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards is now less than two weeks away.

Tickets are currently on sale priced at €40 per person or €350 for a table of ten. The Awards presentation will take place on Friday 28th June in The Tullamore Court Hotel starting with a drinks reception on arrival at 7.15pm with a sumptuous four course meal & ceremony following at 8pm sharp.

With many influential business people from across the Midland Counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois & Longford in attendance on the night it is sure to be a productive evening for all in attendance and one not to be missed.

Will Faulkner, Midlands 103 will act as MC for the night and with categories now shortlisted to just three per group, the results are highly anticipated by all involved.

Mr John Humphries, President Midlands Gateway Chamber of Commerce, commented on the judging process this year.

“Again we have seen an extremely high level of business excellence in the entries received and our judges really found it hard to decide between the various businesses. Competition was as close this year as any previous year. I wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck.”

Sponsors for the Awards include IDA, Bord na Mona, Element Power, Glenisk, Lir Investors, AIB, Tullamore Dew and MRA/CHARTS (Culture and Heritage Added value to Regional policies for Tourism Sustainability).

The following are those shortlisted for the various categories:

The Emerging New Business Award finalists are:

Pyxis (Offaly)

Preston House (Laois)

DG Ventures (Westmeath)

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The Best Multi-National Award finalists are:

Cameron Ireland (Longford)

Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)

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The Business Person of the Year Award finalists are:

Mr. Albert Fitzgerald, Midlands 103 (Offaly)

Ms. Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Laois)

Mr. Kenneth Green, Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)

The Outstanding Business Award finalists are:

Midlands 103 (Offaly)

Green Farm Foods (Westmeath)

The Flat Bread Company (Offaly)

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The Green Initiative Award finalists are:

KMK Metals (Offaly)

Cynar (Laois)

Polar Ice (Laois)

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The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists are:

Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)

Birr Castle Demesne (Offaly)

Clara Bog Visitor Centre (Offaly)

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The finalists in the Retail Excellence Award are:

Red Earth, (Westmeath)

Leavys Centra (Offaly)

Telfords Portlaoise (Laois)

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Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to a Tullamore Business person and the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador will also be presented on the night to someone who has made considerable contributions to business in the Midlands.

For tickets please contact info@midlandsgatewaychamber.ie or Gemma Fletcher on 086 8914392/Jennifer Meehan 086 8180956.