Woman Led Business – Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford
Dooley’s Hotel is a three star family-run hotel which overlooks the waterfront in Waterford City. Purchased by Rita Nolan in 1947 the hotel is currently owned and managed by her daughter June Darrer and her granddaughters Tina & Margaret.With 113 bedrooms along with full bar, restaurant and state-of-the-art conference facilities, Dooley’s Hotel has achieved an impeccable reputation for providing a warm and quality service to its guests. This reputation, along with competitive room rates has provided the key ingredient to sustaining the recession with a profits increase of 7.5% from 2011 to 2012 despite turnover decreasing by 3%.
Best Business Start-Up – Hailstorm Commerce, Limerick
Hailstorm Commerce is an ecommerce development company and online marketing provider, based in Limerick and with offices in Cork and Dublin. It provides the technology and marketing services to allow companies to trade online nationally and internationally. Hailstorm also develops mobile apps. Hailstorm was founded in April 2011 by James Vizor, who spotted a gap in the market for an ecommerce provider that focused on customer success. The company has grown rapidly since its inception, doubling in size every six months with 22 employees currently and an expected turnover of €2 million in 2013.
Innovation and Emerging Technology – ViClarity, Kerry
ViClarity is a provider of automated risk, compliance, governance and performance management software that is replied upon by leading Irish and international companies to enable their businesses manage their performance and compliance to regulated standards. Based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, ViClarity was established by Ogie Sheehy in 2008 to design and develop simple, highly effective software that solved the needs of the business user and delivered a cost effective, timely solution via the cloud. Its customer base includes Boston Scientific, The Barry Group, Irish Insurance Federation, Mowlam Healthcare, a number of Credit Unions, and MHA which is a major provider of nursing homes in the UK.
Best Established SME – Quigleys, Tipperary
Established in 1890, Quigleys is a fifth-generation family bakery headquarted in Nenagh, Co, Tipperary. Today it has 17 sit-in and take-away cafes which are supplied daily with freshly baked foods, made from scratch at the kitchens in Nenagh. With a turnover of over €7 million, Quigleys employes over 160 people across nine counties.
Food and Drink – Irish Yogurts Ltd., Cork
Irish Yogurts was established in 1994 by Diarmuid O’Sullivan with the aim of producing traditional churn made yogurt to be supplied to retail outlets nationwide. Produced in Diarmuid’s native Clonakilty, West Cork, the company has 140 employees and operates from two sites in the town, using milk from the O’Sullivan family farm. With over 100 yogurt products on the market across 10 ranges the company sold 52 million pots of yogurt in 2012 in Ireland, UK, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Irish Yogurts sells to retailers such as Tesco, Dunnes, Supervalu, Superquin, Aldi and Lidl as well as Tesco UK, Morrisons and Asda in the UK.
Social Enterprise – Clare Crusaders Children’s Charity, Clare
The Clare Crusaders Children’s Charity was founded in 2005 by Ann Norton, Frank Cassidy and the late Howard Flannery, to provide much needed therapy to children with special needs in areas such as cerebral palsy, autism, and Down syndrome. Located in Barefield, Co. Clare, the Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic is run on a voluntary basis and provides a variety of therapies to over 230 children in the Clare region. The services are free of charge and include speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education, physiotherapy and reflexology.
International Business – Capstone, Cork
Capstone designs, deploys, manages and supports real-time communication networks across multiple geographical locations through a team of highly skilled technical architects, engineers and project managers. Established in 2007 with the initial vision to address the communication technology needs of the Irish market, Capstone has grown to become an international systems integrator supporting over 300 client sites across 28 countries in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and The Americas with clients such as Starwood Hotels, HSBC, Yahoo and IG Group.
Agri-Business – Denn Agri and Manufacturing Ltd., Waterford
Denn Agri & Manufacturing produces approximately 40,000 tonnes of animal feed per annum. Established in 1980 by Pat & Chrissie Denn, originally to provide the highest quality animal feed to the local area, the company now serves 2,000 customers in a 75 mile radius covering Waterford, Tipperary, Cork and Kilkenny. With over 25 employees, Denn Agri’s offering has expanded to include expert nutritional and agronomy advice, along with deliveries of ruminant, sheep and equine feed, as well as fertiliser, seed, chemicals and all related inputs. Its customers include Pernod Ricard (Jameson), Flahavans and Odlums.