The launch of the 2017 New Ross & District, Business & Community Awards took place recently at Creacon Wellness Retreat and was attended by a large group of business people and community representatives.
Now in their ninth year, the awards are firmly established, attracting over 75 entries in 2016. They provide business and community groups in the town and district an opportunity to share their inspiring stories and showcase achievements.
Speaking on the night, Chamber president, John Mc Sweeney welcomed those in attendance ….and thanked all the sponsors..
This year, a total of 12 award categories were announced. These include some firm favourites such as “ Best New Start Up”, “Small Business of the Year ”, “Community & Social Enterprise Award” and “New Ross & District Person of the Year Award”.
The hotly contested “Business Woman of the Year Award” and “Sports Club of the Year Award” feature for their second consecutive year with the addition of two new categories including “Professional Services Award” and “Social Media Award”.
Speaking on behalf of Wexford County Council, this year’s title sponsor, An Cathaoirleach Willie Fitzharris said “last year’s winners had set the bar high”.
Ann O’ Connor of Secret Valley Wildlife Park and Winner of “Business of the Year” 2016 told of the positive impact the award had made on her business. She said “We couldn’t believe we had won it. We could now market ourselves as the Award-Winning Secret Valley Wildlife Park”. Ann went on to explain that they have since captured new markets including Hen Parties and Corporate Evenings.
Free to enter, applications are now open for the 2017 awards and business & community groups across the town and district will have until September 22nd to get their entries in.
This year’s awards will also be supported by Media Partners, The New Ross Standard and renowned crystal sculptor Fred Curtis who will design and craft the trophies for the lucky winners.
Award category sponsors include A.I.B., Lake Region Medical an Integer Company, Local Enterprise Board (Wexford), Guardian Fire & Safety, Samantha Kelly AKA Tweeting Goddess, JFK Trust, Secret Valley Wildlife Park & Zoo and Molloy’s Supervalu. There are still some sponsorship opportunities available and those interested are asked to contact Teresa Delaney on 051 425077.
A full list of award categories, criteria and application forms, can be found at www.newrosschamber.ie or by contacting the Chamber Office. Winners will be announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday November 4th in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross.
Some of the attendance at our Annual Summer BBQ at Creacon Wellness Retreat which coincided with the official Launch of the 2017 New Ross & District Business & Community Awards.