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Lunch date with a difference at Waterford Business Awards

WBA 2020 Shortlist

Take a lunch break with a difference on Friday, 26th February by tuning in to the Waterford Business Awards live on the Waterford Chamber Facebook page and on from 12.30pm.

Organisers Waterford Chamber have joined forces again with partners Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and WLR for the gala awards ceremony which for the first time ever, in light of Covid-19, will take place virtually via live stream and will be hosted by Damien Tiernan and Mary O’Neill.

Tune in to see how the shortlisted businesses have excelled over the past year and to find out who will be named Overall Waterford Business of the Year, with thanks to Waterford City & County Council, who have shown tremendous support since the awards began.

Waterford’s Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Faithlegg, will also be revealed, along with the winners of each of the ten categories.
Speaking about the awards, Danette Connolly, President, Waterford Chamber said: “Like everyone else we have had to adapt and diversify and we are excited to bring a digital awards to a large audience. We are working with the best with Frontline and WLR to deliver this online offering and I hope people will tune in on our Facebook page and to on February 26th. We all need some positivity and good news right now, so we are quite literally handing it to you on a lunch plate!

“Yes there will be people left disappointed on the day but we must remember, these are businesses who have shown strength and determination during the worst of times. Whether they win their category or not, they are being acknowledged for that and must be congratulated. The judges had a very tough job this year, but we thank them for their professionalism and dedication under the stewardship of Noel Kelly.”

All will be revealed on Friday, February 26th from 12.30pm and you can tune in to WLR’s The Hot Desk on March 3rd for the highlights. There will also be extensive social media coverage across Waterford Chamber and WLR’s social media platforms, so get involved using #WBA20.

The Waterford Business Awards shortlist includes the following businesses.

Customer Service Excellence
Alfie Hale Sports
Fresh Food Courtyard

Food & Beverage
Bodega Restaurant
Everett’s Restaurant
Glorious Sushi

Excellence in E-commerce
The Book Resort
Murphy Larkin Timber Products

Green Excellence

Marketing Excellence
Liberty Blue Estate Agents
The TEFL institute of Ireland
Visit Waterford

Micro Business of the year
Inn the Doghouse
Love Tramore
Nathan Burke Photography and design

New Business of the Year
Blue Butterfly Coffee
company & Trade
Cove Stores
Iasc Seafood Bar

SME of the Year
Powerflow Electronics
Q1 Scientific
William Scanlon Dairy Tech

Technology and Innovation
REd Hat

Tourism Activity/Attraction of the Year
Dunmore Adventure
The Haven Hotel
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway


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