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MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards Mid Summer Ball

Recognise and promote excellence and innovation in the Midland's business community

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone

21st June 2012

The MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards was launched at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath. Midland Regional Authority Cathaoirleach Mícheál Carrigy, Mr. Martin Daly, Director of the Midland Regional Authority and Presidents of five chambers from the Midlands region were present. Tullamore Chamber President, Mr. Joe O’Brien, who could not attend the launch, said, “Tullamore Chamber is delighted to be working with the other chambers in the region and to be involved with this prestigious competition.”

The president of the Midlands Gateway Chamber, Mr. Ray Byrne, said, “The competition is now in its second year and we have made this years competition bigger and better. Two new award categories have been added and we are working closely with the chambers from the entire Midland region, Athlone Chamber, Tullamore Chamber, Mullingar Chamber, Longford Chamber and Laois Chamber to recognise the best in all business sectors.”

Nominations will be accepted via email until 5pm, Friday 27th April 2012.

The awards categories are:

• Emerging New Business Award
• Best Multi National Business Award
• Business Person of the Year Award
• Outstanding Business Award
• Best Cultural Tourism Award
• Green Initiative Award
• Retail Excellence Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Athlone
• Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador Award

Mr. Ray Byrne continued to say “These awards aim to recognise and promote excellence and innovation in the regional business community and the judging panel plays a pivotal role in the awards programme.” He added, “There is a rigorous judging process involved, the regional judging panel will short list the entries to five in each category. The external judging panel, Dr. John Teeling, Ms Danuta Gray and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien will adjudicate the select short list, choosing three finalists in each category and their decision will be announced in June. The overall winner in each category will be revealed at the MidlandsIreland.ie Best in Business Awards Mid Summer Ball on Thursday 21st June, in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.”

Angela Rigney, Administration and Operations Officer, Midlands Gateway Chamber, said, “This should be a great night for business networking where Ms. Mary Kennedy will be master of ceremonies and over 400 key business personnel from the region will be present along with a large media contingent.”

Tickets are on sale now and cost €75 each for this black tie event. If you wish to reserve tickets please contact Midlands Gateway Chamber- 0863891675. 

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