Shortlist Revealed for Chamber Awards


Posted: 28 March 2019

Ahead of the official awards ceremony on 10th April, Chambers Ireland today (27 March 2019) announced the official shortlist for the 2019 Chamber Awards.

County Kildare Chamber are nominated in 2 categories -  Event of the Year & Local Authority Collaboration

Returning for the first time in 10 years, the awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers around the country. They are a chance for Chambers to showcase their achievements in a variety of categories, from innovative projects to successful events to collaborations with local and national government.

The shortlist features projects from 21 Chambers, exemplifying the wide-ranging work being done around the country.

Congratulating the Chambers shortlisted, Colm Blake, Head of Insurance Marketing at Zurich Ireland, the main sponsor of the awards, commented,

"Zurich is delighted to be the title sponsor of the Chamber Awards 2019. As a passionate insurer of Irish businesses, we are proud to be associated with these awards designed to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Chamber network and the challenging and important work Chambers and their members do on behalf of business in their communities and for the wider Irish society." 


Commenting on the reveal of the shortlist, Siobhan Kinsella, Chambers Ireland President said,
"I am delighted to reveal the shortlist for the Chamber Awards today.

This is an ideal forum to profile, commend and award the brilliant work being produced by local Chambers on a regular basis.

Through their work in fostering entrepreneurship and supporting local economic development, Chambers take the lead in launching innovative campaigns, projects and policy proposals. Our goal in hosting this national awards ceremony is to promote the creativity and hard work being done throughout the network every single day.

We look forward to the awards ceremony in April and in the meantime I would like to wish all of the shortlisted Chamber applicants the very best of luck."

Allan Shine, CEO of County Kildare Chamber said, "We are delighted to be nominated in the two categories that we entered.  Our Ambassadors Lunch was one of the highlights of our busy event calendar in 2018 and was hugely beneficial for our Corporate Partners.  We had 36 Ambassadors to Ireland from across the globe attend the lunch in The K Club along with all key stakeholders in Kildare.  We are also shortlisted in the Local Authority Collaboration category.  Our Health and Wellbeing Week last year was attended by over 700 members and guests.  We hosted a series of events in all key towns in Kildare".

The Chamber Awards winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony on 10th April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. 

Awards will be presented for excellence in five different categories and one Chamber will be awarded the overall award of Chamber of the Year 2019.

The complete shortlist for the Chamber Awards is as follows:

Best Chamber Marketing Campaign
Ballina Chamber - Other Voices Ballina
Cork Chamber - The Cork Chamber Gift Card
Dublin Chamber - Dublin Comes to Dinner... unannounced!'
Gorey Chamber - Gorey 'Digital Town' campaign
Letterkenny Chamber - ShopLK - Love Shopping Letterkenny
Mullingar Chamber - Winterfest Mullingar 2018
Sligo Chamber - Life is for Living #LifeisSligo

Event of the Year
Carlow Chamber - Carlow Rooster Festival
Cork Chamber - Cork Chamber Annual Dinner 2019
County Kildare Chamber - Inaugural Kildare Ambassadors Luncheon
Mallow Chamber - Racing Home For Easter Festival
Mullingar Chamber - Winterfest Mullingar 2018
Northern Ireland Chamber - NI Chamber Networking Conference and Business Showcase 2018
Shannon Chamber - Mid-West Lean Network Conference 2018 - creating a Mindset for Lean
Waterford Chamber - Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo

Local Authority Collaboration
Bray Chamber - Bray in Business (BIB)
County Kildare Chamber - Healthy Ireland Week
County Meath Chamber - The National Enterprise Town 'Rising Star' Award Winner 2018 - The Sawmills Studios & Kells Printing Works
Drogheda Chamber - Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann, Drogheda 2018
Dungarvan Chamber - Dungarvan Tourist Office
Kilkenny Chamber - Age Friendly Accreditation for Kilkenny Businesses #Celebrating Every Generation
South Dublin Chamber - Sustainable Business Partnership Programme with South Dublin County Council, South Dublin LEO and South Dublin Chamber

Most Innovative Project
Gorey Chamber - Gorey Visitor Centre
Kilkenny Chamber - Ireland's Medieval Mile Pass
Northern Ireland Chamber - Learn Grow Excel – Business Support Initiative
Shannon Chamber - The Mid-West Lean Network
Tralee Chamber - See Something Say Something
Waterford Chamber - Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme

Most Successful Policy Campaign
Carlow Chamber - 30 Minutes Free Parking in Carlow Town
Cork Chamber & Limerick Chamber - Gearing up for the M20 Cork – Limerick Motorway
Dundalk Chamber - The M1 Corridor region - at the centre of economic activity in Ireland, driving its future


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