2017 Categories Listing:
Green Business Award
Environmental Business Award is open to all businesses, institutions and community groups, big or small, that have implemented an environmental/energy saving initiative. These initiatives can vary in size and scale as they will be judged based on the company’s size and structure. Examples can be as simple as installing lights on timers, encouraging sustainable transport or as advanced as changing your products to be more eco-friendly. We are looking for creativity in the ways your company efficiently manages its resources to bring about “green” change.
Best Small Business
The best Small Business award is open to all existing and new enterprises in the greater Drogheda area with 10 or less employees that demonstrate a vision for their business, an opportunity in the marketplace and the drive to succeed. The award winner will have displayed a strategic approach to business, successful implementation of their strategy and will have good prospects for the future. Category entrants can include sole traders.
Coffee Shop & Casual Dining (NEW CATEGORY)
This Award recognises’s the value of coffee shops and casual dining, while providing a good local Drogheda experience for residents and visitors. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high level of customer services with an enjoyable atmosphere.
Our Casual Dining award aims to highlight the quality of (mainly) smaller establishments- ambitious restaurants with an informal style, and especially those serving outstanding daytime food. (This award will include a mystery shopper).
Health, Beauty & Hair
This award is open to all businesses within this area who have demonstrated strategic growth, innovation entrepreneurship and sustainability in this market sector combined with a strong focus on customer care and satisfaction. Category entrants include the: Health food shops, gyms, yoga studio, personal training, acupuncture etc., beauty & hair salons.(This award will include a mystery shopper).
Medium to Large Company (NEW CATEGORY)
The category is open to all new and expanding businesses with over 10 employees that demonstrate a vision for their business, an opportunity in the market place and a drive to succeed. This will have resulted in a solid business strategy, successful implementation of that strategy and a framework plan for future success.
Best Pub of the Year – (NEW CATEGORY)
This award recognises excellence in the Pub/Bar licenced trade and will look for outlets that offer excellence in beverage quality, service, value to customers, and providing a good local Drogheda experience for visitors, including a comfortable environment combined with ambience of premises, cleanliness/hygiene, exterior & interior décor. (This award will include a mystery shopper)
Retail Excellence (NEW CATEGORY)
In order to succeed in this category, independent retail outlets must highlight what the business offers to customers that separates them from the competition, giving the best customer experience along with the commitment to offering the highest level of service to each and every customer. (This award will include a mystery shopper).
Woman of Vision – (NEW CATEGORY)
This award aims to recognise the courage and spirit of women in business. Have you or do you know someone you believe has made an outstanding contribution to the local community as an entrepreneur or through a business they work in? Have you found their energy, passion and vision inspirational? Do they deserve to be recognised? This award honours those who demonstrate the commitment to making a difference. Coca-Cola International Services and Network Ireland Louth supports the encouragement of inspirational women in Drogheda.
Corporate Social Responsibility
This award is open to all businesses in both the public and private arena with a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility who encourage their employees to work with and for the local community and environment.
Sport, Art & Culture (NEW CATEGORY)
This category is open to any Sports clubs, Art Galleries, Theatres along with amateur and professional theatre groups in the greater Drogheda area that demonstrate a commitment to excellence and improvement through the application of the award criteria.
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 demonstrate 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.
Exporter of the year from Industry & Manufacturing
The best Exporter of the year Award is open to all companies in the greater Drogheda area who are involved in Manufacturing & International Traded Services. Companies who can demonstrate an increase in export sales of their product or services over the last 3 years.
Social Media & Digital Marketing (NEW CATEGORY)
This new broad digital award is open to, Sole Traders, Entrepreneur’s, Retail, Hospitality Sector, Professional Bodies, Small Start-Up Companies Or Large International Corporations. The award for this year will be a broad category, entrants will demonstrate how they have increased revenue or attracted new visitors and or enhanced their consumer’s experience, with the use of online promotions through the web, or by using the many social media platforms. The scoring will be part of a public vote.
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. The Award will include a mystery shopper.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Refer to Application Form – Optional.