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Saturday, 9th September 2017

Applications open for Drogheda Business Excellence Awards


The Vice President of Drogheda Chamber, Ken Rooney, speaking at last night’s launch of the 13th annual Business Excellence Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

There was a good turnout at a reception in the Highlanes Gallery last night to launch the 13th Annual Drogheda Business Excellence Awards organised by Drogheda & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Awards, which are divided into 15 categories, are based on independently judged standards and criteria that recognise best practices, great customer service and the overall enhancement of Drogheda as a great location to live, visit, work and play in.

Both Chamber Members and Non-Members are invited to enter and the good news is that they are free to enter! They are open to businesses operating in Drogheda and surrounding areas. Chamber President, Paddy Callaghan, said that the awards are a great opportunity for local companies to showcase their business and with a number of new categories added this year there is something for everyone.

“It’s a special moment to get shortlisted for an award” he said, “it’s extra special to win one. I am encouraging all businesses in the area to really consider putting themselves forward this year for what is a fantastic showcasing opportunity”.

At the launch event, Drogheda Chamber Vice President Ken Rooney, thanked all of the sponsors for supporting this year’s awards.

The Categories and Sponsors for the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards 2017 are:


Award Category



Green Business Award

Indaver [Premier Sponsor]


Best Small Business Award (10 employees or less)

Local Enterprise Office Louth


Medium to Large Company Award (over 10 employees)

Hilton Foods


Health, Beauty & Hair Award

Zellwood Limited


Corporate Social Responsibility Award

State Street


Woman of Vision Award

Coca-Cola International Services


Coffee Shop & Casual Dining Award

Nature’s Best


Tourism Business of the Year Award

Louth County Council


Retail Excellence Award



Sport, Art & Culture Award

Irish Cement


Best Pub of the Year Award

Cathedral Financial Consultants Limited


Start-up Business of the Year Award

Tayto Park


Exporter of the Year from Industry & Manufacturing Award

Enterprise Ireland


Social Media & Digital Marketing Award

Scotch Hall Shopping Centre


Lifetime Achievement Award


Businesses are now invited to submit their applications which can be downloaded from the Drogheda Chamber website, There, applicants can find full details and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 27th September.

Padraig Warren, head judge for the awards, explained what the judges will be looking for and giving details about the Categories for 2017. There is a second opportunity on Monday 18th September for applicants to find out more, when a free workshop will be held at the Drogheda Chamber office on the Dublin Road at 10am, called ‘What the judges are looking for’, offering guidance and tips on the Awards process. To register, contact Brenda in the Chamber office on 041 98 33544.

This year, for the first time, there will be an online public vote element, where the public can vote for a local business, the results of which will be provided to the judges to assist them in their decision. See the Chamber website for more details.

The official Awards night will take place on Saturday 18th November in the City North Hotel. This year promises to be a real celebration with plenty of glitz and glamour as always. Stay tuned to the Drogheda Chamber website and check out the hashtag #DBEA2017 across social platforms for up to date information.

The Chairman of IDA Ireland, Frank Ryan (centre) with Robert Murray (left) of First Citizen Finance and Brian Hanratty at the launch of the Drogheda Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards 2017. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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