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Business award winners revealed

Monday, 24th February, 2014 10:43am

Story by Laura Ryder
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Business award winners revealed

The Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre, O’Donohue’s Bakery and Fix My I were just three of the winners revealed at this year’s Tullamore Chamber of Commerce business awards in partnership with Covidien at the Bridge House Hotel last Saturday night.

Awards were given out over nine categories - best customer service (business), best customer service (individual), best website, business initiative, community achievement, cultural/tourism, emerging new business, green initiative and retail excellence - along with an additional president’s award in the honours that recognise and promote excellence and innovation in the local business community.

The Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre took the best customer service (business) award on the night, from a shortlist of Aura Leisure Centre, Dezynamite, Lloyds Dolan’s Pharmacy, Fahey’s Pharmacy, Mac’s Cabs, Olivia’s Beauty Boutique, Sirocco’s, the staff at Quirke’s Medical Hall, Studio One and the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The individual best customer service award was won won by Sandra Vaughan Ross of the Tullamore Court Hotel, leaving that category’s other shortlisted finalists Aislinn Carroll of the Office Centre, Ann Starling of the Bridge House Hotel, Connie Brophill of Hanlon’s Butchers, Eugene Martin of the Tullamore Court Hotel, John Conway of Fix My I, Martin Tempany of the Tullamore Court Hotel and Seamus Buckley of Buckley Cycles disappointed.

Up for best website on the night were Dezynamite, Fahey’s Pharmacy, Just Forests, McGowan Insurance, Offaly Tourism, the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore Show and WR Shaw. On the night that honour went to the Tullamore Court Hotel.

In the running for the business initiative award were Aura Productions, Central Hotel, Lloyds Dolan’s Pharmacy and O’Donohue’s Bakery. That award was won on the night by O’Donohue’s Bakery.

Tullamore Lions Club took the community achievement award, taking the top spot from other contenders the Harvest Offaly Food Festival, Offaly History and Tullamore Special Olympics, Ann Starling.

The cultural/tourism final list included Lough Boora Parklands, Offaly History, Offaly Tourism and the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre. That award was won on the night by Offaly History.

Fix My I was the winner in the emerging new business category, coming in ahead of Enchanted Stationery and Gift Shop, the Flat Bread Company and Kode Clothing.

Those vying for the green initiative prize included Dezynamite, KMK Metal Recycling and the Tullamore Court Hotel, but it was KMK Recycling that took the title on the night.

Those in the running for the retail excellence award included Chocolate Brown, Cloonan’s, Galvin for Men, Guy Clothing, Lloyds Dolan’s Pharmacy and Woodgrove Interiors, and it was Woodgrove Interiors that took the top spot last Saturday.

Businessman Seamus Carroll took the president’s award on the night.

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