New date set for Galway Chamber Business Awards

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The Galway Chamber has announced that the 2021 Business Awards will take place in-person in the Salthill Hotel on Thursday 31 March.

The annual awards were scheduled for December of last year, but the Chamber postponed the event due to the reintroduction of Covid restrictions.

Following the lifting of those measures at the weekend, Chamber CEO Kenny Deery said that the easing of restrictions is a hugely positive step forward and provides much-needed hope for the hospitality industry.

“The theme for this year’s Awards is ‘Building for a New Future – Ag Tógáil do Thodhchaí Nua’ which celebrates the outstanding and innovating work done by Galway businesses throughout 2021.”

A total of ten awards will be presented on the night, including the new categories of Best Employer sponsored by Noel Group as well as the Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion Award sponsored by Galway City Council.  

 The finalists for each category

The ‘Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion’ Award
ByoWave  
Connect4Work 
Wave Makers Galway 2020 

The ‘Best Small to Medium Enterprise’ Award
MKO 
App Design 
Irish Socksciety 

The ‘Best Customer Service’ Award 
Cantec 
Diligent 
Pale Blue Dot Recruitment 

The Dr. Chris Coughlan Award for ‘Best Emerging Enterprise’
Ronspot 
Grá Chocolates 
Perfici Intelligence Ltd. 

The ‘Excellence in Innovation’ Award
Aran Island Ferries 
Diligent 
gTeic An Spidéal 

 The ‘Best Employer’ Award 
Galway Bay Hotel 
Medtronic 
VHA 
 
The ‘Sustainability Initiative’ Award 
Bus Éireann 
Clayton Hotel 
Kylemore Abbey

The ‘Marketing Excellence’ Award 
Irish Socksciety 
Glenlo Abbey 
Aran Island Ferries  

Two additional awards will also be presented on the night. The prestigious President’s Award will be awarded to an individual who has contributed in an outstanding way to the business life of Galway, while the overall 2021 Galway Chamber Business of the Year, sponsored by Shannon Group plc, will be awarded to one of the category winners.