Dec 07

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018

What a night!  19 Award winners were announced, with Nora Twomey from Cartoon Saloon receiving the President’s Award, and jewellery and goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel receiving the Lifetime Achievements Award.  See Winners with Logos 2018 for all the Winners.  A huge debt of gratitude is owed to our Sponsors, particularly State Street who were the main sponsors of the evening, but also all those companies who sponsored individual awards and who contributed in no small way to the success of the evening.   Thanks are also due to Mary Kennedy for her superb work as MC for the evening, and to Purcell Masterson. Fastlane Audio Visual and Mycrofilms who produced a spectacular event.

Mycrofilms have put together a terrific video of the evening so if you missed it (or if you want to be reminded of a great evening) have a look HERE.

Julian Hughes, Hughes Farming receives the overall award from Mayor Peter Cleere, President Marion Acreman and Cathal Smyth, State Street at the Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Oct 19

Kilkenny Business Awards – tickets on sale now!


THE Business event of the year is taking place on Saturday 17th November at the Lyrath Estate Hotel.  Sponsored by State Street, these awards represent the very best of business in Kilkenny city and county. Mary Kennedy will announce the winners of 19 awards, plus the Overall Business of the Year, the President’s Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 056 7752767 or emailing   Special discounts available for members and finalists.

See the highlights of last year’s event: 

Sep 25

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 – Application Process


Nominations have now closed, and application forms are being sent out with closing date for their return being Monday 8th October.     Criteria and Guidelines  and Definition of Categories should be downloaded and used when completing the application form.   Successful shortlisted entrants will be notified after 8th October, and will be invited to attend for interview on 24th October 2018. The winners of each category will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on 17th November 2018 in the Lyrath Estate Hotel.


Sep 05

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 – Nominations sought!


The Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 were successfully launched on 5th September in the Rivercourt Hotel, and nominations are now being sought.  You can nominate your own business or someone else’s, and there are 20 award categories.  The Nomination Form KBA 2018 is here.  Once we receive it by the 19th September, the business nominated will be informed and asked to complete an application form.  60 companies will be shortlisted and invited for interview in October. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Evening in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 17th November.

Jul 30

Kilkenny Chamber responds to South East Economic Monitor Report


The challenges outlined in the recent South East Economic Monitor report must be acknowledged but equal attention has to be paid to progress which is occurring in the region, says Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.

Representing over 250 member businesses across Kilkenny City and County, the organisation believes that the report is counter-productive in its claim that the South East’s “recovery is running out of steam”.

With Chambers from across the region working hard to keep the South East front of mind where decisions are being made about jobs, investment and new initiatives involving infrastructural plans and strategies, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce say the report must be grasped as a positive opportunity to challenge key decision makers to step up and support the South East region.

Issues linked to the relationship between the South East and Government were cited as a reoccurring factor preventing key economic drivers from taking place in the region. The time has now come for stronger and more robust relationships to be built with the various agencies who are also charged with a similar task.

“It is no secret that Kilkenny and the South East region face very significant challenges when accessing investment and funding at a national level. Historically, this has been an issue and we must ensure that the region is represented strongly and consistently at local, regional and national levels as a great place to do business so that it gets its fair share of the action.” says John Hurley, Chief Executive of Kilkenny Chamber.

Whilst the report contains analyses of data such as car sales, income tax and VAT returns, housing and workers on minimum wage, the most significant critiques throughout the report related to the labour market.

“We know that the South East is not only a great place to do business in, but a great place to live in. While the attraction and retention of talent in high-skilled roles is a concern for companies in the South East, it is also one which is shared right across Ireland. The vision of the region as a whole is one which has to be promoted and encouraged to ensure that we continue attracting highly skilled workers here. The South East must now step up and set itself apart as a great location to do business.” says Marion Acreman, President of Kilkenny Chamber.

A survey which was undertaken by National Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas in conjunction with IDA Ireland found that growing numbers of highly-skilled professionals from across the world are choosing the South East as it offers a better work/life balance, lower living costs and career opportunities when compared with other regions.

95 per cent of respondents from 20 different countries said that they now have a better balance between their working and home lives.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce is now calling for:

  1. Support for the creation of the Technical University for the South East without delay.
  2. The N24 be upgraded to motorway standard as soon as possible
  3. Increased positive collaboration between stakeholders in the South East such as Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Offices, Colleges, ETBs, Chambers, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, etc. 



Jul 26

Vote for Kilkenny as the Foodie Destination for 2018.

Vote for Kilkenny as this year’s Foodie Destination – we came third last year, and we’re looking for the top spot this year. Judges will be visiting Kilkenny on Friday 3rd August, but the online voting represents 25% of the final scoring, so all votes are important!  Click here to vote.    



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