Entries are now being accepted for the 2021 Waterford Business Awards. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in business across Waterford City & County and are organised by Waterford Chamber, in collaboration with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, with support from Waterford City & County Council and WLR.

Launching the awards, Waterford Chamber President, John McSweeney said, “We are now entering year eight of the Waterford Business Awards and what better a time to share some positivity and promote our local businesses.

“While last year’s awards were hugely successful online, we have everything crossed that we will be in a position to celebrate in person at our Gala Awards night in early March. A celebration of the resilience of the business community is certainly long overdue and there are a lot of companies out there who are due firm recognition. We have introduced new categories this year and are confident there is something for everyone, so we are appealing to businesses to take time to reflect on the past year, be proud and acknowledge the hard work they have done by entering the awards.”

Managing Director of WLR FM Des Whelan added: “WLR FM is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, along with Waterford Council on the 2021 Business Awards initiative. I think it’s more important than ever to recognize excellence in local business and industry. It’s been a hugely disruptive eighteen months for business in Waterford and the awards are a very positive spotlight on the innovation and entrepreneurship we have in the City and County”.

The full list of categories is as follows:

  1. Entrepreneur of the Year
  2. New Business of the year
  3. Marketing Excellence
  4. Technology and Innovation
  5. Green Excellence 
  6. Tourism Excellence
  7. Food and Beverage
  8. Business of the Year (up to 20 employees)
  9. Business of the Year (21-150 employees)
  10. Business of the Year (150+ employees)
  11. Customer Service Excellence
  12. Training & People Development
The judging panel, which is chaired by Noel Kelly, will also select the coveted Overall Business of the Year, which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

Waterford Chamber welcomes applications from all businesses located in Waterford City and County, both members and non-members. You can enter the Waterford Business Awards HERE, where you will also find a full criteria outline on each category.

The closing date for nominations and applications for the Waterford Business Awards is Friday, 26th November 2021.