Business of the Year (up to 20 employees)

Sponsored by AIB Bank
 
Douglas Carroll Consulting Engineers
Douglas Carroll are a mechanical, electrical and sustainable consultancy firm. Their current portfolio in the public sector includes vital hospital infrastructure, new and extended school projects, social housing and public realm projects. Their work for private clients includes industrial, high end residential and tourism type projects. Douglas Carroll aims to develop sustainable buildings capable of storing and generating its own heat and power within the next 10 years. Furthermore they are dedicated to developing energy strategies that comply or surpass current regulations. Additionally they offer a service which monitors post handover performance ensuring compliance with their 2030 climate commitments.
 
Enerpower
Enerpower are committed to making renewable energy more accessible and affordable for all businesses to achieve. Enerpower are a leading provider of renewable energy solutions through innovation, pushing the boundaries in sustainable self-sufficiency for commercial and industrial sectors, benefiting future generations. Enerpower have helped companies such as Eli Lilly, Lidl, Flahavans, Sam Dennigan, and Ardkeen Quality Food Stores to make significant cost savings by reducing their energy bills by up to 50% whilst also reducing their impact on the environment. Enerpower believes that by working together, we can deliver a more accessible clean energy model that promotes a healthier more sustainable community for all.

Q1 Scientific 
Founded in Ireland in 2012, Q1 Scientific is a leader in outsourced environmentally controlled stability storage, sample management and disaster recovery services for the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food Science industries. Q1 Scientific is revolutionising the way companies store their products, helping to improve the speed it takes for new drugs and medical devices to reach the marketplace along with saving companies the expense of building and monitoring their own storage chambers. Located in Waterford, Q1 Scientific has a cGMP storage facility where all equipment is validated, all conditions tightly controlled, and all samples continuously monitored.
 

Business of the Year (21 to 150 employees)

Sponsored by AIB Bank

Flahavan’s
Flahavan’s a seventh-generation family run business located in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford for over 200 years, continues to source its wholegrain oats from local growers within a 60-mile radius of its Mill. Renowned for its consistent creamy taste, texture, and quality, making it Ireland's favourite porridge with over three million servings consumed weekly.  Their range includes over 50 oat-based products including traditional and organic porridge, Granola, Flapjacks, Oat Drinks and No-Added-Sugar Hi8 Muesli. Committing to minimising its impact on its community and environment, Flahavan’s self-generates 70% of its energy requirements thus achieving Gold Member Status from Origin Green in 2021.
 
The Haven Hotel
The Haven Hotel is located in the stunning village of Dunmore East and prides itself on having something for everyone from a warm welcome, great food with an extensive menu, well-stocked bars and 18 luxurious bedrooms along with plenty of safe space for all to feel relaxed. The hotel is renowned for its award-winning, stunning, and picturesque wedding venue making it ideal for all family occasions and events. Live music is at the heart of the hotel essentially creating the perfect base to enjoy all that Dunmore East and Co. Waterford has to offer.
 
The Moorings Restaurant & Bar
The Moorings bar and restaurant is located on the picturesque harbour on Davitt’s Quay Dungarvan. Recently renovated and combining this with its rustic décor and welcoming and experienced staff the Moorings is the perfect place to relax with friends, family and have a few drinks and flavoursome meal. The Moorings boasts new innovative and contemporary outdoor dining overlooking the harbour and bordered by ancient castle walls both of which are steeped in history and been the topic of many a conversations.
 

Business of the Year (150+ employees)

Sponsored by EY

Relatecare
RelateCare is a healthcare communications organisation specialising in providing patient access and engagement solutions to leading healthcare organisations globally. Through a range of innovative consultancy and outsourcing services, supporting and enhancing the patient journey pre and post-hospitalisation. Working with five of the top 20 US health systems and the HSE in Ireland, RelateCare has a proven track record of supporting leading healthcare systems seeking to optimise their patient access, appointment scheduling, telehealth, revenue cycle, and contact centre models. RelateCare operates state-of-the-art contact centres in both the USA and Ireland, with the Irish centre located in Waterford employing over 600 people.
 
TQS Integration
TQS Integration, a Cognizant Company, is a global data solutions company headquartered in Co Waterford, Ireland providing real-time data solutions to the top 12 Global Pharmaceutical Companies.
Founded in 1998, their 200+ consultants continue to provide data intelligence, analytics, reporting and deep learning analytics to an ever-expanding global customer base.  Embracing best in class IOT and cloud solutions, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and custom developments. TQS Integration enable customers to redefine their business processes based on high resolution, acutely accurate real-time data sets that reflect the true nature of their business and the business processes.
 
UPMC Whitfield
UPMC Whitfield is committed to serving the community by providing world class patient care. With more than 100 expert consultants that specialise in over 25 medical areas, thus providing care and advanced surgery from chronic to complex issues. Their main goal is shaping tomorrow’s health system via innovation, research and education. UPMC take great pride in their advanced cancer care and support services, they also partner with the HSE and other hospital groups throughout the southeast.
 

Customer Service Excellence

Sponsored by RelateCare

Ardkeen Quality Food store
Ardkeen Quality Food Store is an innovative, independent food retailer that has added a unique element to Waterford’s retail landscape for over half a century. A long-time champion of small food producers.
Ardkeen has earned a national reputation for promoting the best of Ireland's artisan and locally produced food. Their ecommerce store ardkeen.com now boasts the World’s Best Selection of Irish Artisan Food and exports worldwide.

SEAM Research Centre
The SEAM research centre was established at the Waterford Institute of Technology in 2009. To date it is one of the leading enterprise technology gateway centres in Ireland. SEAM provides innovative material, science and engineering solutions for any industry that requires help on material related matters industries cannot solve the issue on site. Moreover, Seam have over 250 industrial partners and support all Irish industries no matter the size and pride themselves on a huge project deliverance exceeding 3,000 and over 200 published papers.
 
St Dominic Credit Union
St. Dominic Credit Union is a people focused community lender serving over 20,000 members across Waterford and South Kilkenny. Having grown to over €125 million in assets since it’s humble beginnings of 200 members in 1967. Today it is a modern, progressive financial services provider that operates on a not-for-profit basis placing helping people at the centre of its purpose. SCDU offer a wide range of services including personal loans, mortgages, current accounts and more through two branches and digital channels, which are delivered and supported by 30 highly qualified, people focused staff who love helping members every day.
 

Food & Beverage

Sponsored by PwC

360 Cookhouse
360 Cookhouse opened in 2016 and is nestled in the Culinary Quarter of Dungarvan ever since. Their cosy yet large premises offer a casual and fun dining atmosphere providing space for families, groups, and even a cosy corner for two in the snug.
Renowned for its honest cooking, passion for local ingredients and authentic tapas range they also offer an evening menu of fresh fish, steaks, gourmet burgers and stone-baked pizzas, a favourite with locals.
The menu is complemented by third generation cask wines, classic cocktail collection and local craft beers – whatever the time of day. 
 
Faithlegg
Faithlegg an award-winning 4-star hotel set in beautiful grounds with its own 18 – hole golf course.  Opened officially by FBD Hotels & Resorts in 1998. Faithlegg is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning guest whether staying for business or leisure. Dining is exquisite owing to Head Chef Jenny Flynn taking pride in creating delicious dishes showcasing the very best of local ingredients. Faithlegg boasts its dedicated team, many long serving experienced staff whose wealth of knowledge and genuine duty of customer care has managed to reach and maintain a high standard of service over the years.
 
The Lismore Food Company
The Lismore food Company’s sweet and savoury delicacies coupled with their beautiful hot-orange and gold hat box hampers and gifting are renowned worldwide. Founded by Beth-Ann Smith and brother’s Owen & Ken Madden in 2014, their business has seen enormous growth the past few years with their premium brand and product for delicious and beautiful food and drink gifts. The company has ambitious plans to increase its growth trajectory, nonetheless they plan to stay firmly rooted in Lismore, continuing their family legacy in food, while delivering on excellence, taste, packaging and sharing their passion for deliciousness and visual brilliance.
 

Green Excellence

Sponsored by Energia

Cantec Group
The Cantec Group is a technology provider established in Waterford in 1994 by the parents of Executive Chairperson, Eadaoin Carrick and CEO, Greg Tuohy. A family-run photocopier dealership, the business has grown, organically and through strategic acquisitions, to become an industry leader in technology solutions. Their portfolio has evolved and survived three recessions, two digital revolutions and one pandemic. Three distinct divisions have emerged withing Cantec, Docutec is the hardware division providing full managed print services; SmartOffice is our software business providing cutting edge business automation solutions and promotive is the industry leading graphic design and marketing agency.
 
Dawn Meats
Dawn Meats was established in Co Waterford in 1980 and is a family-owned company marketing quality beef and lamb products to a customer base of supermarkets, manufacturers, foodservice and restaurant businesses, in over 50 countries. Sustainability is central to their business strategy for over 20 years,  aligning them with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders who share their commitment, they partnered strategically as the supplier of choice for many leading global brands, working to solve common challenges. Their purpose is “providing consistent quality meat products from sustainable sources to support our rural communities, human health and nature’s eco-system”.
 
Viking Irish Drinks
‘It’s said that planting an orchard is the fruit for the next generation’. Viking Drinks planted their first apple trees in 2008 and continued to plant each year in conjunction with the development of a vineyard and soft fruit area by 2011, all organically grown protecting the environment while sustaining pollinators and the eco system. Implementing a regeneration plan in 2019, by reproducing their own trees through grafting using certified rootstock. The 1st of May 2019 saw Viking Drinks launch their first cider to the market and today they have 6 different varieties as well as wines and Pet-Nats’.
 

Marketing Excellence

Sponsored by Permanent TSB

Kollect 
Kollect is an on-demand; ethical, waste removal tech platform that places jobs with approved suppliers and provides a speedy, seamless, and transparent user experience in the waste industry, which has previously lacked digital solutions. Based in Waterford City, Kollect prides itself on a personal, professional and highly efficient customer service that is constantly striving to provide a ‘wow’ factor. We are similar to companies like Just-Eat and Uber in that we take and manage the customer’s booking but it is ultimately fulfilled by a fully licensed third party.
 
The Lady’s Slip Lingerie
The Lady’s slip is a dedicated lingerie store in Queen’s St, Tramore which opened in August 2020. Sisters Sandra Power and Miriam Keating offer an extensive, professional and friendly fitting service, with the focus on getting the perfect bra for you. The lady’s slip stocks internationally renowned brands including Panache, freya, elomi, chantelle, wacoal, fantasie, anita and Irish brands such as Atir shapers. This small shop carries a huge stock of lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, sports, nursing & maternity wear, with sizes ranging from 28-46 back and B-K cups. We sell both in store and online. 
 
Paul O’Connor Cars
Paul O'Connor Cars is an award winning SIMI registered independent car dealership. Operating out of two premises in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. They are a one stop shop offering car sales, car servicing and repairs and autobody repairs. They stock a wide range of vehicles from 2014 to 2020 and can arrange car finance in house, dealing with five different banks. Founded in 2019, the business has grown exponentially and now has 10 staff.
 

New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Waterford Local Enterprise Office

360 Quay Stay
360 Quay Stay a novel and innovative hotel can be located right in the heart of historic Dungarvan.  A stone’s throw from the stunning surroundings of the river Colligan, the hotel building truly belies its surroundings. Every inch of the three floors is filled with smart technology, perfectly complemented by modern conveniences. Quay Stay boasts super quick self-service check-ins combined with luxe interiors and unique facilities, it provides a liberating and lasting experience for the modern traveller. Whether you’re here to work, rest or play, you can enjoy a smarter way to stay.
 
East Pier
East Pier opened in March 2019 owing to a noticeable niche for a dedicated seafood destination experience in Dunmore East Harbour, moreover, it added value to fisheries and aquaculture products soon becoming the go to place for people to sample fresh locally caught fish, harvested Woodstown Bay Oysters, Lobster rolls and other organic produce all washed down with a refreshing glass of Prosecco. East pier is also environmentally beneficial for Dunmore via, turning a neglected part of the harbour into an artisan, trendy and bustling scene for locals, moreover, increasing tourism in Dunmore East.
 
The Railway Cottage
A warm welcome always awaits you at The Railway Cottage.  After vast restoration the Railway Cottage opened in December 2020, taking the Old Railway Cottage from the small home it once was to a beautiful meeting spot for families and friends enjoying the beauty and splendor of the greenway.
The Railway cottage prides itself on having high standards of service and top-quality food supplied locally. With staff highly trained and the kitchen team led by head chef Fiona Byrne creating delicious homemade meals down to their own sauces, showcase Patisserie cakes and outside Caboose during the summer months.
 

Technology & Innovation

Sponsored by Dawn Meats

Flexiwage
Based in Dungarvan Flexiwage is a financial fitbit for employees. Built on the premise that financial wellness is hugely important for workers, but that younger workers, and/or those in lower paid jobs in particular, often struggle with budgeting their monthly outgoings and end up taking costly, short-term credit just to see them through to pay day. It allows individuals to schedule their income in a pay frequency that suits their needs, without impacting a company’s ability to process monthly. It allows them to manage savings and bills at source, and track performance against their financial goals.
 
Konnektable Technologies
Launched in 2013, Konnektable Technologies Ltd focuses on the pursuit of R&D projects and Software development Services. KT creates software that are powered by data-driven insights, utilizing machine learning algorithms, advanced data mining, aggregation, analytics and IoT technologies connecting different systems, enabling users to manage a specific tasks efficiently. KT technologies operate in domains such as energy, healthcare, transport, creative industries, maritime, tourism, retail, cybersecurity, and emergency management. Furthermore, KT provides end-to-end software development services such as technical consulting, automation & optimization services, product development & maintenance, enterprise solutions, big data & analytics, mobile Apps, web development and UI/UX services.
 
Walton Institute
Based in WIT Carriganore, Walton Institute is a cornerstone of ICT research and development since 1996. Walton Institute undertakes cutting edge research blending fundamental science with real world commercial applications. Their aim is to investigate futuristic next-generation technologies, verifying their capabilities, applicability and commercialisation for today’s society. Walton encourages inter-disciplinary research with national and international reputation and competitiveness firmly positions Waterford as Ireland’s Innovation Capital. Their virtual reality team developed CoronaVRus, a VR application for children to showcase, educate and demonstrate COVID-19 safety guidelines. The application is autism spectrum disorder (ASD) friendly and offers a fun method of education to build awareness in a safe and interactive environment.
 

Tourism Excellence

Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland

Blackwater Eco Tours
Blackwater Eco Tours is a community established, not-for-profit ecotourism enterprise offering eco pod accommodation, river activities and walking trails in the Blackwater River valley situated in the idyllic and historic village of Villierstown in west Waterford. Close by is Villierstown Quay and Boat House where you can explore the natural beauty of the Blackwater River. Options include a 90-minute guided river tour with an experienced and entertaining guide, a self-drive option in which you can skipper one of the boats yourself or kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding. All ideally located within Ireland’s ancient east, Munster vales and St. Declan’s Way.
 
Cliff House Hotel
Cliff House Hotel is a 5-star, privately owned luxury hotel in West Waterford. The building seems to defy gravity, clinging to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay. Regarded as one of the finest small luxury, five-star hotels in Ireland, our Irish seaside boutique hotel is proudly located in the traditional fishing village of Ardmore also featuring an intimate Irish spa destination as well as a Michelin-star restaurant. From sun-drenched terraces and private balconies, it is possible to see Ardmore’s golden sands, lobster pots and dolphins that play out on the water.
 
Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park
Tramore Amusement and Leisure Park, better known as Tramore Park, has for decades been known as one of the must-visit leisure attractions in Ireland. In recent years it has become very clear that the Park is now the biggest tourism attraction across the whole of the south-east. Annually attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Tramore, Waterford City and further afield. The Park’s huge economic impact was demonstrated during 2021 during that first restrictive covid summer season. With over 40 attractions across a 20-acre site, Tramore is truly Ireland’s largest outdoor park and a hidden jewel in our tourism crown.
 

Training & People Development

Sponsored by Waterford Chamber Skillnet

Emerald Contact Centre
Emerald Contact, the customer care & sales support provider, has experienced significant growth since its opening in 2015. Opening with just 6 employees, Emerald has grown to approximately 100 employees, and operate from their European HQ in Waterford, and remotely around Ireland post Covid. Emerald Contact Centre, are dedicated to providing their clients and customers with high-quality, thoughtful customer service, coupled with competitive sales support and valuable performance insight. Services Include; inbound & outbound calls, concierge services, email response, click-to-chat services on multiple platforms, multilingual support, and Intercontinental solutions for clients in Europe and the United States.
 
Liberty Blue Estate Agents
Established since 1997, Liberty Blue estate agent sells and rents residential property throughout Waterford City & County. Smarter, Faster, Better sums up Liberty Blue’s attitude as a business. Liberty Blue’s strategy for success focuses on the development of the people within the business. Training, processes and technology are used to efficiently deliver and enhance customer experiences. Regina Mangan says, “ We always strive to be the best we can be. We are committed to our staff, customers and our community”. A culture of continuous innovation has seen Liberty Blue achieve exponential growth in its 25 years of operation.     
 
Waterford Integration Services
Waterford Integration Services is a humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Waterford City. NGO identifies solutions to the challenges facing effective integration in the Southeast. Working with Local Authorities, agencies, academics, and the private sector to provide support for Refugee and Asylum seekers, including human rights education, advocacy, integration, professional referrals, outreach services, policy development, education, employment & opportunities training,  innovation and enterprise development, assisting frontline agencies with  training, resources and information when communicating and serving our clients. We network with local, national and international organisations and partners to maximise resources to provide the best service possible to our clients.