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Why Enter?
Companies who are serious about progressing their business, recognising the efforts of their staff and celebrating their achievements to date should consider entering these awards. Taking part will focus your organisation to think strategically about the future.

Judging Criteria for this category
This category aims to award outstanding achievement in the food and drink industry recognising the commitment, the excellence and the passion of the people who work in it. To be successful in this category you should demonstrate strong business growth illustrating expansion in local and/or overseas markets, a commitment to market led innovation and a strong marketing strategy built on consumer and customer insight.

Entry Requirements
Award entrants must comply with the following entry criteria:
  • All small businesses may enter up to a maximum of 50 employees. (This includes staff employed in the company on a fixed-term contract basis in excess of 12 months, and part-time staff who work in excess of 20 hours per week but excluding temporary agency workers).
  • Be in operation at least 2 years in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Not be a branch of another business.
  • Franchises can enter.
  • Businesses can enter more than one category.
  • Businesses/individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by other associated professionals (e.g. professional advisers, training providers, accountants etc.).

Entry Process
Download the application form for the category you are entering. If you are entering more than one category you must submit a separate application form for each category. When you have completed it please then please submit via the online submission form.

2017 Prize Package

All Finalists
  • An exhibition stand at the SFA National Small Business Showcase in the RDS
  • A comprehensive strategic masterclass weekend sponsored by Skillnets which will include communications, media and presentation skills training along with discounted participation on a management development programme during the year.
  • An interview/profile in a specially commissioned Irish Independent Awards Supplement.
  • Five complementary tickets to the Gala Awards Ceremony
  • A finalist certificate

Category Winners
  • Award trophy - presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony.
  • One year membership of the Small Firms Association

Overall Winner
  • The 2017 Overall Winner will be presented with a winner trophy at the Gala Awards Ceremony in March.
  • An annual bursary of €5,000 has been very kindly donated by 2013 winner Megazyme International Ireland. The overall winner may nominate their charity of choice to receive this bursary.
  • To support excellence in CSR for small business, Business in the Community Ireland will work with the overall winner to provide a comprehensive sustainability report worth €1,500 to support communicating the business's responsible practice to all stakeholders.
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