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Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards Ceremony this Friday in Mullingar

Tuesday, 13th May, 2014 12:53pm

Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards Ceremony this Friday in Mullingar

Kathy Sheridan, award-winning journalist with The Irish Times, is the Guest Speaker on the night.

This Friday evening, 16th May will see the business communities of the Midlands congregate in the Annebrook House Hotel for the fourth annual Midlands Gateway Chamber Best in Business Awards sponsored by Celtic Media Group.  The event has proven to be so popular that tickets have already sold out.  Proceedings will commence at 7.30pm with a drinks reception followed at 8pm by a locally-sourced four course meal and wine, during which the awards ceremony will take place.  

The awards pay tribute to the talent, drive and innovation of the business community right across the Midland Counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois & Longford.

Networking will be the theme of the evening with all those shortlisted promoting their business through displays and brochures.  Mr Will Faulkner, Midlands103 will once again be our Master of Ceremonies.  We are delighted to announce that Kathy Sheridan will be our Guest Speaker on the night.  Kathy Sheridan is an award-winning journalist with The Irish Times and co-author with colleague, Frank McDonald, of The Builders, a book about the small group of developers who fuelled the building boom.  She is a native of Westmeath and now lives in north Kildare.

Jennifer Meehan, Operations, Midlands Gateway Chamber said ‘I am delighted that this year’s Awards have been a sell out, it really shows the importance of honouring those businesses that operate in the Midlands.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors of the awards this year; these include our Main Sponsor Celtic Media Group along with IDA Ireland, Bord Na Mona, AIB, Musgrave MarketPlace, Motivation, BB Awards, & Midlands Simon Community (who were chosen as a special Charity Sponsor this year).  Our sponsor’s contribution shows their commitment to business in the Midlands Area as well as assisting in making the awards a very special and prestigious event’.

The following are those shortlisted for the various categories:

The Emerging New Business Award finalists- kindly sponsored by AIB are:

*Fix my I (Offaly)

*Let's Talk Solar (Westmeath)

*LighterLife (Westmeath/ Longford)


The Best Multi-National Award finalists - kindly sponsored by IDA Ireland are:

*Cameron Ireland (Longford)

*Abbott Diagnostics (Longford)

*Covidien (Offaly)


The Business Person of the Year Award finalists - kindly sponsored by Westmeath Independent are:

*Mr Bertie Dunne, Annebrook House Hotel (Westmeath)

*Mr Cathal O’Donohue, O’Donohue’s Bakery (Offaly)

*Ms Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice (Laois)


The Outstanding Business Award finalists - kindly sponsored by Celtic Media Group are:

*Colm Quinn Motors (Westmeath)

*Red Earth (Westmeath)

*O’Donohue’s Bakery (Offaly)


The Employer of the Year Award finalists - kindly sponsored by Midlands Simon Community are:

*The Greville Arms Hotel (Westmeath)

*Mergon (Westmeath)

*Mullingar Credit Union (Westmeath)


The Green Initiative Award finalists - kindly sponsored by Bord Na Mona are:

*Dezynamite (Offaly)

*Polar Ice (Laois)

*The Print Factory (Offaly)


The Best Cultural Tourism Award finalists - kindly sponsored by are:

*Ballinahown Craft Village (Westmeath)

*Mullingar Arts Centre (Westmeath)

*Athlone Castle & Luan Gallery (Westmeath)


The Retail Excellence Award finalists kindly sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace are:

*Colm Quinn Motors (Westmeath)

*Woodgrove Interiors (Offaly)

*MarketPoint, Green Road & Austin Friar Pharmacies (Westmeath)


The Best Business Website Award finalists - kindly sponsored by BB Awards are:

*Birr Theatre & Arts Centre (Offaly)

*Hip Baby (Westmeath)

*Quality Tractor Parts (Westmeath)


The Best Customer Focus Award finalists - kindly sponsored by Motivation Weight Management are:

*Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre (Offaly)

*Preston House (Laois)

*Red Earth (Westmeath)


The Award for Lifetime Achievement (kindly sponsored by Westmeath Examiner) will be presented to an influential Mullingar Business person on the night and also the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador Award will be presented to someone who has made considerable contributions to business in the Midlands. 


There will also be an excellent Business Card Draw taking place on the night with a top prize of a €2,000 Marketing Campaign for your business to be won with thanks to Celtic Media Group & Midlands103. The Annebrook House Hotel is offering a special rate to anyone lucky enough to be attending the Awards. 

Call the hotel reservations on 044 9353300. 

For further information please contact Jennifer Meehan 086 8180956.  


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