Letterkenny Business Awards a Great Success
Success for Donegal's Business Community
Celebrating the locality’s abundance of business talent and its entrepreneurial spirit, the gala event was the culmination of five month’s worth of nominations, short-listings and voting. At last, the winners of the ten prestigious categories were announced with Mark Doherty of Century Complex scooping the coveted Business Person of the Year award.
Organised jointly by the Donegal News and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, the glamorous event was compered by local man Keith Fletcher with guest speakers, Councillor Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, Columba Gill, Editor of the Donegal News and Gerard McCormick, President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.
Columba Gill, Editor of the Donegal News said, “The gala night last Friday was a huge success for everyone concerned with the local business community being acknowledged for its dedication and entrepreneurialism.
“The Donegal News plays a pivotal role in the local community and backing initiatives such as the awards is crucial and we are delighted to be part of a hugely positive business event for the local area.”
Gerard McCormick, President, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, hailed the evening as ‘an outstanding success,’ highlighting the business strength, creativity and success that exists throughout the local area. Mr McCormick said, “The Letterkenny Business Awards celebrate the wealth and diversity of the business talent and the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Letterkenny. They demonstrate the confidence and pride that we have and they send a clear message to the wider community that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and Donegal is an exciting place to do business.”
The Gala ceremony was a fitting finale for the Business Awards that launched back in July when businesses and individuals were asked to nominate themselves or others. The awards process also included a judging panel, secret shoppers and a huge amount of in-paper publicity for all nominees shortlisted.
Demand for tickets was high as supporters turned out to back the nominees in search for glory and what a night it was with gongs handed out to all the winners and finalists.
Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Donegal County Council. WINNER: Mark Doherty of Century Complex. Highly commended recipients: Manus Kelly of Tailored Facility Solutions (TFS) & Christopher Molloy of Lemon Tree Restaurant.
Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by City of Derry Airport. RECIPIENT: Castlegrove Country House Hotel;
Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Dillon’s Hotel. WINNER: Grove Furnishings. Highly commended recipients: Joe’s Butchers & Amelia’s/Mourne Antiques;
Business Excellence Award, sponsored by Highland Radio. WINNER: Accountant Online. Highly commended recipients: Shandon Hotel & Spa & TFS Ireland;
Best Innovation Award, sponsored by LYIT. WINNER: SeaQuest Systems. Highly commended recipients: CloudRanger & Lemon Tree Restaurant;
Best Start Up Business Award, sponsored by AIB. WINNER: Wholegreen Health Food. Highly commended recipients: The Postal Store & Niche Specialist Staffing Partners;
Excellence in Marketing Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland. WINNER: Dillon’s Hotel. Highly commended recipients: Lemon Tree Restaurant & The Brewery Bar & Restaurant;
Growth through Export Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. WINNER: Irish Pressings Highly commended recipients: SeaQuest Systems, Swan Net Gundry & KER Group;
Excellence in Customer Service Award, sponsored by Ulster Bank. WINNER: Patrick Gildea Hairdressing. Highly commended recipients: , Browns on the Green & Café Davitt;County Dry Cleaners
Social Enterprise of the Year Award, sponsored by Optum. WINNER: St Eunan’s GAA. Highly commended recipients: Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter & LATCH Lifford Old Courthouse;