Award Categories

Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

Have you sponsored local charities, volunteered at a local CoderDojo, cleaned your local street, climbed Kilimanjaro or completed an IronMan contest this year? What Charities and organisations have you and your employees supported this year? This award highlights companies and their employees that go the extra step to support local worthwhile causes.  It is open to public and private companies with a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, who encourage their employees to work with, and for the local community and environment.

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Fleadh Award – Contribution to Fleadh    

Drogheda welcomed over 500,000 visitors during Fleadh 2018, and will see similar numbers return in 2019. Drogheda & District Chamber is working with the Fleadh sub-committees to ensure that locals (employees and residents) are upskilled in offering Cèad Mìle Fàilte, and that the region reaps the medium to long-term tourism benefits of hosting the Fleadh. This award will highlight organisations that make a special effort to ensure that Drogheda looks beautiful, showcases best customer service, and that visitors (and locals) are already planning their 2019 holidays around the Fleadh dates.

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SME of the Year 2018 (1-50 employees)

This category recognises businesses across all sectors in the Drogheda and surrounding area (up to 50 employees) that have demonstrated significant achievement and success over the past year. Both small and medium sized indigenous and multi-national organisations may enter.

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SME of the Year 2018 (50+ employees)

This category recognises businesses across all sectors in the Drogheda and surrounding area (50+ employees) that have demonstrated significant achievement and success over the past year. Both indigenous and multi-national organisations may enter.

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Retail Excellence Award          

In order to succeed in this category, independent retail outlets must highlight what the business offers to customers that separate them from the competition, how they deliver and exceed excellent customer service along with the commitment to offering the highest standard of service to each and every customer and to the community. (This award will include a Mystery Shopper)

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Family Business of the Year           

The family business sector in Drogheda remains vibrant, successful and ambitious. These firms are a vital part of our economy, offering stability, a commitment to the long term and demonstrating responsibility to their employees and their communities.  This award is to recognize Family Businesses in the area that have demonstrated significant achievements and success.

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Social Media & Digital Marketing Strategy Award

This award is open to all businesses in the locality, small and large, across all sectors. The successful entrant will have demonstrated how they have increased revenue, attracted new visitors to their social channels and enhanced the customer experience with the use of online campaigns as part of their overall digital strategy. The results of a public vote will contribute to the overall score for the entrant.

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 Health, Beauty & Hair Award

This award is open to all relevant businesses in Drogheda and the surrounding area who have demonstrated strategic growth, innovative entrepreneurship and sustainability in this market sector; with a strong focus on excellent customer care and satisfaction. Entrants in this category are invited from the medical profession, health food shops, gyms, yoga studios, personal training, acupuncture and beauty & hair salons. This award will include a mystery shopper. (This award will include a mystery shopper)

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Coffee Shop & Casual Dining  

This Award recognises the value of coffee shops and casual dining, while providing a good local Drogheda experience for residents and visitors.  Our Casual Dining award aims to highlight the quality of (mainly) smaller establishments – ambitious restaurants with an informal style. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high level of customer services with an enjoyable atmosphere.  (This award will include a mystery shopper)

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Tourism Business of the Year       

This Award is open to all tourism business or organisations that over the last 12 months have created the most exceptional tourism offering in terms of product, service or experience for holidaymakers both domestic and international.  Entrants will be assessed for effective and creative use of marketing to jointly promote their own business and the greater Drogheda area.  (This award will include a mystery shopper)

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Start-up Business of the Year 

The best Start-up business award is open to all enterprises that have been trading since January 2015 that demonstrates a vision for their business, an opportunity in the marketplace and the drive to succeed. This will have resulted in a solid business strategy, successful implementation of that strategy and a framework plan for future success 

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Employee Training & Development  

Open to all businesses regardless of size, industry, sector or turnover.  This award celebrates quality, excellence and best practice in employee training and development. The category winner will demonstrate their ability to coach, develop and motivate their employees as well as encourages feedback and openness on development needs.

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People’s Choice Award         

Finalists at the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards are automatically entered into this award category.

How it works: The business submits their main application before the deadline on 1st October 2018. Then on the 24th October, once the Finalists have been notified, these Finalist companies are encouraged to seek as many online votes as possible using the Public Voting system. The Winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Awards ceremony in the CityNorth Hotel.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the work and contribution of a member of the wider business community. The winner of this award will be an outstanding individual whose pioneering spirit, resourcefulness and determination have contributed to our community – both in business and the social fabric of the community.

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