Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards offers companies the opportunity to be acknowledged for their success, their people, and their innovation in progressing the region of the Mid-West.

The Regional Business Awards are available to all companies in the Midwest – you do not need to be a member to enter the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards.

Our Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards is made possible with the support our sponsors. We are honoured to work with our Award Sponsors TUS.

Professor Vincent Cunnane
President of TUS

The Technological University of the Shannon; Midlands Midwest, TUS, represents our new beginning, are delighted to be the main sponsor of the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards again this year under our new identity. The Limerick Chamber Regional Awards acknowledge businesses that have not just survived but have adapted and thrived during the challenging times of the last two years. We have seen inspirational levels of resilience and ingenuity from organisations across the region. These awards recognise and reward business excellence, innovation, best practices and outstanding business performance. LIT and AIT became a Technological University on 1st of Oct and we, like many organisations, have gone through a renewal, some of those changes have been involuntary such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing, but many, have been driven by us because of our shared vision of impactful collaboration, excellence in education, research and our spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and community. We encourage all organisations to enter these awards this year. Celebrate your successes, share your story with your peers, acknowledge the loyalty of your customers and recognise your employees for their hard work and commitment. These awards are a great platform for all organisations in the region. Best wishes to all the entrants!

Limerick Chamber
2021 Regional Business Awards

The 2021 Awards offer a range of categories to companies of all sizes and sectors. Share your journey and your learnings with our panel of esteemed judges.

Please select a category for more information and application details

To be eligible for the Best Emerging Business Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months, based in the Mid-West Region, and not trading for more than 5 years. If the company can demonstrate a long commercialization process and that trading only began within the 5-year timeline even though the company was formally established outside of the 5-year rule, then they will be considered eligible also. In the latter case, evidence should be provided to satisfy the judges that the company is still on its startup journey. For companies > 5 Years please see the other categories including Best SME and Best Large 
 

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Emerging Business Award

To be eligible for the Best SME Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 5 years (see Best Emerging Business for < 5 years) and at least 12 months in the Limerick City Region (Mid-west region). The European definition of SME applies and is as follows: “The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro”. 
 
Please note that if your company forms part of a multinational organisation then it is the multinational organisation that must meet the criteria. In some cases, this might mean that you apply for Best Large Business and focus on the local impact and your company will be assessed in that context.
 
This category excludes retail & hospitality businesses. Please see the other award category for this.
 

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best SME Award

To be eligible for the Best Large Business Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 36 months and be based in the Limerick City Region (Mid-west region). A large business is a business that is greater than or equal to 250 employees, regardless of revenue, or, if the number of employees is unknown, then revenue of greater than or equal to €22.8m will be taken as an indicator that it is a large business.

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Large Business Award

To be eligible for the Best Contribution to the Community (CSR) Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months in the Mid-West Region. They can be an SME or Large company including a multinational. Not-for-profit organisations cannot apply for this award – see Best Not for Profit Award. 
 

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best CSR Award

To be eligible for the Best Not for Profit Organisation Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months, based in the Limerick Region. Though it is a highly diverse sector, the organisations generally share the following features:
  • Organised: distinguished from informal or ad hoc, purely social or familial groupings by having an institutional presence or structure;
  • Non-profit distributing: do not return profits to a set of managers or owners;
  • Independent: not a state agency/organisation (however funding from state aid or local government and other supports (including positions on boards) is acceptable);
  • Voluntary: containing some element of voluntary or unpaid participation;
  • Self-governing: in control of their own affairs; and
  • Contributing to the public good: their activity aimed, at least in part, at contributing to the public good.

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Not for Profit Award 

 

To be eligible for the Best Retail or Hospitality Business Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months, based in the Limerick City Region (Mid-west region). This category is open to all types of retailers including those trading online. (A retail business is a type of business in which merchandise is sold primarily to ultimate consumers. Businesses who sell online or who have physical stores are eligible.). The hospitality industry applies to any company that is focused on customer satisfaction and meeting leisurely needs rather than basic ones. 
 

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Retail or Hospitality Award

To be eligible for the Best Business: Employee Talent Development & Workplace Wellness of the Year, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 24 months based in the Limerick City Region (Mid-west region) and must qualify as either an SME or Large (including multinationals).

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Employer Award

To be eligible for the Best Pivot Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months, based in the Limerick City Region (Mid-West) and must qualify as either an SME or Large (including MNC’s) type business. 
 

Click here to apply for the 2021 Best Business Pandemic Pivot Award

Closing Date: Close of Business 18th October 2021
Special Thank you to our Category Sponsors
Judges Panel

We are delighted to welcome our esteemed panel of Judges for the
2021 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards

Lorna Conn
(Head Judge)

Deputy CEO,CPL

Liam Woulfe

CEO, Grassland Agro

Sean Lally

Manager & Co-Owner,
Hotel Woodstock

Paul Shelley

Business Advisor
& Non-Executive Director

Tomas Sercovich

CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

Suzy O’Keefe

Head of Digital and Communications
Design and Crafts Council Ireland

Meet some of our Award Alumni
Huggnote
2019 Winner Best Emerging Business: Contribution to the Region Award

Huggnote is a musical app founded by sisters Jacqui and Perry Meskell. The app is a breakthrough for music lovers who want to send a personalized song to their loved ones. Huggnote has won numerous awards from Best Emerging Business with Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards as well as Googles Adopt A Startup competition. Most recently Huggnote has gone on to win a €50,000 spot prize on US TV show 2 Minute Drill.

4site
2019 Best SME Business: Contribution to the Region Award

4site was established in 2002 and grew from strength to strength within the region. 4Site is a specialist provider of mobile wireless and fibre services. It assists with the planning, design and build of wireless and fibre network infrastructure, and has worked with telecoms companies including EE, Three, Vodafone, Ericsson and Imagine. In December 2019 it was announced that 4 site had been acquired by the UK’s Indigo Telecom group in a deal which creates a combined business with an annual turnover of about €60m.

EI Electronics
Best Large Business: Contribution to the Region Award

Based in Shannon and employing over 700 people, Ei Electronics designs and manufactures fire detection products for the residential sector. All manufacturing takes place in Shannon, with overseas sales and marketing subsidiaries located in Britain, Germany, France, Poland and the USA. EI Electronics are no strangers to awards having EI Electronics Founder receive the honorary IMR Lifetime Achievement Award. EI Electronics have been a staple in the Midwest since 1988 and continue to grow and expand from their HQ based in Shannon.

GECAS- GE Capital Aviation Services
Best CSR Business: Contribution to the Region Award

“This nomination is a testament to the hard work that many of our employees have engaged in and we are immensely proud that their commitment was recognised.” GECAS is a world-leading aviation lessor and financier. For over five decades, we have partnered with our customers to find solutions to their challenges and helped their businesses to thrive.

Absolute Hotel
Best Retail & Hospitality Business

Absolute Hotel is an award-winning 4* Absolute Hotel in Limerick City. The Absolute Hotel is modern and stylish and boasts a friendly welcoming team to a restaurant that oozes style and sophistication, as well as the well-appointed guest rooms with Nespresso machines and individual artwork as standard.
Team Absolute prides itself on keeping a high standard so each guest leaves feeling happy with every intention of coming back. Adding Best Retail and Hospitality business to their many award accolades listed as No.1 Hotel on TripAdvisor in Limerick city as well as the Winner of the ‘Best Business Hotel’ – Gold Medal Awards.

Limerick Autism Group
Best Not for Profit

ASD Ireland is a a Not-for-profit organization that provides socially inclusive activities for people with autism and their families. Head office based in Limerick, and provide activities to people from all over Ireland
The group founded by Keith Enright and Caroline Hogan who both have teenagers with autism spectrum disorder. It was developed due to the lack of socially inclusive activities available for their children. It began with the development of Limerick autism Group and progressed to providing a range inclusive activity nationwide.

Analog Devices International
Best Employer: Employee Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award

“We are really delighted because it’s a real recognition of the time we’ve been here in Ireland. We’re a technology company but technology comes from the innovation of people and people working together to solve real-world problems. Analog is tackling some of the greatest challenges we have in society these days and all of these technologies really are developed by the ingenuity of our people so this award is very much in recognition of their incredible commitment.”
Our solutions sense, measure, and interpret phenomena then transform these signals into intelligence – bridging the physical and cyber worlds to ignite human breakthroughs. We create technologies that solve customers’ problems across numerous industries. Analog has been awarded a number of awards in recognition of their work and progress including Forbes Best Employer and now best Company of the Year Award 2019 with the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards, as well as Best Employer: employee Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award.

Regional Business Awards 2019
  • Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2019

Previous Winners
2018 Winners
  • Best Overall Business Award –  Shannon Group
  • Best Emerging Business: Electricity Exchange
  • Best SME Business: Design Pro Automation
  • Best Large Business: Shannon Group
  • Best CSR: Optel Group
  • Best Employer: Three Ireland
  • Best Retail & Hospitality Business: Masterchef
  • Best Not for Profit: Novas
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners

2014 Shortlist

2013 Winners

2013 Shortlist

2012 Winners 

2012 Shortlist

2011 Winners

2011 Shortlist

Testimonials and Interviews

2017 Award Winner Videos 

 

Testimonial from 2016 Overall Winner / Business of the Year – Dell EMC

“Last year Dell EMC was delighted to be named Business of the Year at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards. The awards present a great way to shine a spotlight on the business community in Limerick and the innovation taking place across the Mid-West. “The recognition we received last year wasn’t just for the innovation and transformation that has taken place on our Dell EMC campus but it reflected the role we play in our community. Working in partnership with our colleagues from other great companies in the region, with the academic community including UL and LIT, and with the development organisations and representative groups, we are a force for innovation in Limerick.  “Receiving this honour last year was extremely rewarding for the team that works at our campus here in Limerick, who were delighted to be recognised in this way. Globally we were able to showcase the recognition through the Dell EMC network and leverage the win to highlight the value of continued investment at the Limerick campus. I would encourage all companies – big and small – to enter these awards. They’re a great idea and well worth participating in,” said Mr. Dave Griffin, Business Development Director Dell.

Live 95FM Interviews with past & present Award Applicants:

Click Here to listen to Dr. James Ring, CEO Limerick Chamber, Catherine Duffy, President, Limerick Chamber & Marguerite O’Grady Kemp Technologies on Live95FM talk about why you should enter the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards.

Regional Business Awards Overall Winner 2017
  • Roadbridge – Regional Business Awards Overall winner

Get in Touch

For further information on any
of our events, please contact
Caoimhe Moloney
Events Manager
E: cmoloney@limerickchamber.ie
T: 061 217 604

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