Over 360 business leaders from across Kildare attended the Kildare Business Awards Gala Ball in association with Kildare County Council and LEO Kildare on Friday night in The K Club.
Allan Shine, CEO of the Chamber in his opening address paid tribute to all the finalists and noted that this year the Chamber received a record number of application for the category awards on offer.
He outlined how 2018 to date has been a great year for business in Kildare with members of the Chamber continuing to create employment, enter new markets and companies continue to expand and also expand into new markets.
The Chamber made two significant announcements on the night, firstly in Quarter 2 2019, the Chamber will commission a “Kildare 2040 Business Survey” and in Quarter 3 2019, the Chamber will embark on a trade visit to Boston, USA with companies from Kildare.
Business of the Year for 2018 was won by Newbridge Silverware who also took home the Tourism and Hospitality Award.
Rose O’Loughlin of The Keadeen Hotel was this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Business Award.
Networker of the Year 2018, Sponsored by The Kildare Post
Tara Lane – Centrepiece Rosettes
Tourism and Hospitality Award 2018 Sponsored by JF Dunne Insurances
E Commerce Award 2018 Sponsored by Graphedia
Pittman Traffic and Safety Solutions
Social Media / Digital Marketing Award 2018, Sponsored by EMS Copiers
Customer Excellence Award 2018, Sponsored by AIB
SME (1- 5 employees), Sponsored by O’Kelly Sutton Chartered Accountants
Sweet Spot Sourcing
SME (6-20 employees), Sponsored by Colourtrend
T and I Fitouts
SME (21 plus employees), Sponsored by ISS Recruitment and Training
Crystal Air LTD
Retailer of the Year 2018, Sponsored by Ladytown Business Park
Innovation & Technology Award 2018, Sponsored by Kerry
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018, Sponsored by Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors
Irish Dog Foods
Start up Business of the Year 2018, Sponsored by EMS Copiers
Diversity and Inclusion Award, Sponsored by Grant Thornton
Overall Business of the year 2018, sponsored by Bank of Ireland
2018 Recipient of “Outstanding contribution to business award” sponsored by Maynooth University
Rose O’Loughlin, The Keadeen Hotel
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