Pictured: Launching the Wexford Business Awards – Karen O’Connor, Datapac with Martin Doyle, President of Wexford Chamber and all other award sponsors.

Datapac is delighted to sponsor “Wexford Service Provider” of the Wexford Business Awards.  Now in their seventh year, the Wexford Business Awards are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors.

Martin Doyle, President of Wexford Chamber, commented “The upcoming Business Awards on 5th June in Whites of Wexford will be a marvellous opportunity to gather with local business owners and celebrate the successes of the year.” “Don’t miss out! It is FREE to apply and is open to everybody who is in business. You do not need to be a Member of Wexford Chamber to apply” added Martin.

Commenting on this year’s Awards, CEO Madeleine Quirke said “the Awards are for everybody, big or small, and this year we are hoping to attract the many sole traders and artisans/craftspeople that are making such an important contribution to the local economy particularly in the food and retail sectors. We are looking to recognise effort and performance, particularly over the past 12 months, and any business will be considered as being eligible provided that it is compliant. A business does not have to be profitable but must demonstrate that it is viable. Madeleine added “It is important that we recognise success and whether a business has identified a new strategy in terms of growth and diversification, or whether it has decided to consolidate its position or found ways to grow, this must be looked at in a very positive light. The Judges will be very interested in the ups and downs of business and particularly in how opportunities and threats are being handled.”

Wexford Chamber Business Awards have become a distinguished tradition. They recognise outstanding achievements by business people in the fields of commerce, community work and innovation. The Awards Ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted ‘Business of the Year Award’ is one of Wexford’s most prestigious annual affairs. Last year’s winners Eishtec, were truly delighted and honored to receive the overall award.

Edward Hendrick, Founder and CEO of Sonru, who won the Export Award last year said “This export award is a testament to Sonru’s international growth over the past 12 months. Sonru now has regional offices in the UK, Singapore and Australia with new operations opening shortly in France and the USA not to mention our representation worldwide. All that said, it’s wonderful to get the recognition and kudos by being singled out from such worthy competitors by such an eminent judging panel. It’s fantastic, thank you.”

Winning the Wexford Small Business of the Year Award in 2014 meant a lot to Killowen Farm. Helen Meade of Killowen Farm said, “The fact that this category is open to all types of businesses, not just food producers, meant that we were competing against the very best of all small businesses in the county. The shortlist included some excellent and well known businesses and we were honoured to be chosen as the best among the group. The whole process of entering the awards and going to the interviews and final ceremony really makes you think about your business and its strengths and weaknesses. It is a really useful exercise as it is a great way to focus you on what you are doing and why.”

Karen O’Connor, general manager service delivery, Datapac, said, “The Wexford Business Awards are held in very esteem by businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Wexford and further afield. They are a great showcase for the large numbers of innovative and service-led businesses that we have in Wexford. We’re particularly happy to be sponsoring the best service provider award as service is something we hold very close to our heart at Datapac and it’s been a huge part of our success over the past three decades. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the entrants the very best of luck.”

For full details on the awards please visit www.wexfordbusinessawards.ie

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