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.

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Categories & Criteria for Regional Business Awards 2022

 

 

 

The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award The Best Employer Award: Employee Value Proposition to an organisation, trading for more than two years in the Mid-West Region, demonstrating excellence in employee value proposition (EVP). EVP includes a culture of belonging (including diversity and inclusion), wellbeing, flexibility, skills development and growth. The award recognises initiatives that support staff retention and talent attraction and an overall high-quality value to employees that benefit the employee and support growth in the business. This award offers a platform to organisations who are growing their teams, one of the top priorities for many organisations in the region.

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award the Best Not for Profit Award to an organization, in operation for at least 12 months based in the Mid-West Region, that demonstrates a significant positive impact on the community it serves. This can be in a variety of areas such as social, economic, environmental, or cultural impacts.

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Innovation is a critical capability that can make or break a firm’s future. The “winners” are those organisations that relentlessly look for innovation opportunities. One of the top priorities for organisations in 2022 is managing supply chain challenges. Therefore this year, we are introducing a new category – Supply Chain Innovation (SCI) Award. SCI is a valuable way of exploiting process and technology innovations to find novel ways of managing a supply chain. SCI assists in various functions such as improved planning, purchasing, forecasting & monitoring of supply chain practices, amplifies operational capabilities and offers opportunities to strengthen sustainability (environmental and ethical) and competitiveness. 

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award The Best SME of the Year award to an organisation, trading for more than 3 years, based in the Mid-West Region, that is striving to create world-class products and services, setting the highest benchmarks and optimising opportunities in their marketplace.

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award the Best Emerging Business of the Year award to an organisation, trading 5 years or less, that demonstrates innovation in its busines model/process/service or product in the marketplace. The Best Emerging Business Award recognises an organisation that has the most compelling opportunity.

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award the ‘Excellence in Customer Experience Award: Retail and Hospitality‘ to an organisation trading for more than one year in the Mid-West Region that demonstrates excellence in delivering better outcomes for their customers and their own business. The Chamber recognises that customers’ expectations have rapidly evolved in this era of consumer empowerment and digital disruption. Therefore these awards will recognise the ingenuity, innovation and commitment to excellence in customer experience by the retail and hospitality sector in the region.

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award the Best Sustainable Business Award to an organisation that is leading initiatives resulting in a positive societal and sustainable impact as a result of business initiatives around energy management, a reduced carbon footprint and environmental sustainability planning. The award highlights Irelands pledge to move toward a more sustainable business strategy.

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The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award the Special Recognition Award: Creative Collaboration / Contribution to an individual, collective or organisation that has successfully delivered an initiative which has positively impacted Limerick city, a town or local area in the Midwest Region. The initiative can be an event, a movement or a project. The award will go to an impactful initiative demonstrating active citizenship and achieving its goals. Furthermore, the judges will look for initiatives that have helped enhance our value proposition in the Midwest as an attractive region to live, work and visit. This initiative is undertaken in a voluntary capacity.

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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

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)

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 our 2021 Award Winners

Crew Brewing Co
2021 Best Emerging Business: Contribution to the Region Award

Crew Brewing Co brew their own beer on site on Thomas St. Their beer is served directly from tanks behind the bar. Crew Brewing Co believe that you should enjoy your fresh pint of beer surrounded in the creative experience of brewing surrounded by the smell of malt and watching staff brew up a storm.
Crew Brewing Co produce a wide range of styles from the classics to the highly experimental brews, all in small batches with a focus on producing flavourful, quality, highly drinkable craft beer. All of their beers are original creations by their team and master brewer.

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Croom Precision Medical
Best SME Business: Contribution to the Region Award 2021
Best Overall Business of the Year 2021

Croom Precision Medical is an FDA registered company. Operating in Croom Co. Limerick for over 20 years.
In working with over 72% of their customer base for over 20 years, they have continued to build long lasting partnerships with the medical industries leading companies in providing high quality Class I, II & III Orthopaedic Implants and Instruments at a competitive cost. Croom Precision Medical operates an award-winning Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) practice within its operations. Through these mechanisms, a high competency in Co-Bottices, Metallic Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Machining has been generated.
They have cultivated innovation within their working environment and continuously implement more effective and efficient manufacturing processes for both existing and new products.

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Kirby Group Engineering
Best Large Business; Contribution to the Region Award 2021
Best Employer Business: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness 2021

Founded in 1964 in Limerick, Kirby Group Engineering is a leading mechanical and electrical engineering contractor operating across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, and directly employing over 1,200 highly-skilled professionals.
Kirby provides full mechanical and electrical contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services to clients across a number of different sectors including Data Centres, Life Sciences, Industrial, Commercial, and Substations and Renewables.

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AMCS Group
Best CSR Business: Contribution to the Region 2021

AMCS Group are creators of the AMCS Platform: an enterprise grade cloud and software platform that is designed based on the best practice processes of thousands of customers with some of the most complex logistics operations in the world. Their platform is inspired by market trends, driving automation and delivering end-to-end standardisation and optimisation of all your business processes. AMCS Group enable their clients across the globe to automate, de-carbonize and optimize the most challenging logistics across the waste and recycling and other highly complex resource distribution operations, from fuel and building materials to food and livestock.

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Limerick Strand Hotel
Best Retail and Hospitality 2021

Limerick Strand 4 star Hotel – Located in the heart of Limerick City – The Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Limerick Strand Hotel is a multi award winning hotel with stunning vistas of The River Shannon and a birds-eye view of every landmark in the historical city

Within walking distance of Limerick’s infamous landmarks including Thomond Park, Limerick Milk Market and King Johns Castle. At the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel everything is built upon their reputation as one of the finest hotels in Limerick.
Boasting 184 full refurbished large, air-conditioned bedrooms, award winning AA Rosette dining. Energize Health Centre with a 20-metre heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, and exceptional spaces special occasion or conferences.
Their Executive Chef focuses on offering guests a pure taste of the Wild Atlantic Way and works extra hard to get there by supporting local artisan producers along the way, hence offering a dining destination that has the heartbeat of Limerick city.

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Limerick Learning Hub
Best Not for Profit 2021

Learning Hub Limerick is now 12 years old. The organisation was founded as a charitable company limited by guarantee in October 2007. Learning Hub Limerick was formed with an overall aim of working in partnership with local education providers, families and young people to develop and implement practical and solution focused responses to the very high levels of educational disadvantage and early school leaving experienced by local communities on the Northside of Limerick City.
The Learning Hub works in partnership with parents, education providers, statutory agencies and the wider Limerick community to provide a safe, welcoming and inspiring learning environment where young people can reach their true potential.
Last year over 23,000 visitors came to the Learning Hub to engage in various activities and to use our facilities. They serve over 150 children on average each week with many involved in multiple activities during and after the school day ends.

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Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel and Spa
Best Pandemic Pivot Award 2021

Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, which is a founding member of Original Irish Hotels, began life more than 40 years ago as a four-bedroomed bed and breakfast (B&B) run by Mary and Dick (RIP) Fitzgerald as a way to supplement their farming income. Today, it is an 89-room award-winning four-star hotel employing more than 200 people.

Having undergone two extensions creating an additional 16 bedrooms at a cost of IR£265,000, the B&B became Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel in 1983. In 1991, the family decided to expand again and invested IR£1.8m in building an extra 20 bedrooms, the bar, reception area, banqueting space and the public areas still enjoyed by guests today.
This was further added to in 1995 and 1997 when a further 26 bedrooms and Timmy Macs Bistro were added at a cost of IR£1m. In 1999, the family invested a further IR£3.3m adding a leisure centre and 37 more rooms followed by an additional €4.5 million investment in 2007 which built the award-winning Revas Spa. A €1 million refurbishment project carried out in 2014/15 led to Fáilte Ireland awarding the hotel four-star status.
More recently, the Fitzgerald Family has invested more than €1 million on their Fitzgerald Suite ballroom and gardens, as well as Mary’s Organic Garden.

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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
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