Nominations sought for Best in Business awards

MIDLANDS Gateway Chamber launched the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone last week.

MIDLANDS Gateway Chamber launched the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone last week.

Midlands Gateway Chamber President, Ray Byrne said, “The competition is now in its second year and we have made this years competition bigger and better. Two new award categories have been added and we are working with the chambers from the region, Athlone Chamber, Tullamore Chamber, Mullingar Chamber, Longford Chamber and Laois Chamber to recognise the best in all business sectors.”

Midlands Regional Authority Cathaoirleach Mícheál Carrigy, Martin Daly, Director of the Midland Regional Authority and Presidents of five chambers from the Midlands region were present.

Tullamore Chamber President, Joe O’Brien, who could not attend the launch, said, “Tullamore Chamber is delighted to be working with the other chambers in the region and to be involved with this prestigious competition.”

The awards categories are: Emerging New Business Award, Best Multi National Business Award, Business Person of the Year Award, Outstanding Business Award, Best Cultural Tourism Award, Green Initiative Award, Retail Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Athlone and Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador Award.

Mr Byrne explained that a regional judging panel will short list the entries to five in each category. The external judging panel, Dr John Teeling, Ms Danuta Gray and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien will then choose three finalists in each category and the winners will be announced at the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards Mid Summer Ball on Thursday, June 21 in the Hodson Bay Hotel where the MC will be Mary Kennedy.

Visit www.midlandsireland.ie to download nomination forms. Nominations will be accepted via e-mail until 5pm, on Friday, April 27.

Tickets for the Mid Summer Ball are on sale now and cost €75 each for this black tie event, meal and wine included. If you wish to reserve tickets please contact Midlands Gateway Chamber, info@midlandsgatewaychamber.ie or phone Angela Rigney 086 3891675