Entries are being accepted for the 2022 Waterford Business Awards from October 1st. The awards are designed to recognize 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, Paul Nolan said, “We are now entering year nine of the Waterford Business Awards and what better a time to share some positivity and promote our local businesses.
“While the last two year’s awards were hugely successful online, we are so excited to return to our gala dinner format in late February at Faithlegg. 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.”
Oren Byrne, President, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber said: “It was fantastic to bring the Overall Waterford Business of the Year award to the west last year and TQS Integration were certainly worthy winners. We are encouraging all our members to consider entering the awards. It is a great opportunity to review your activity for the past year and acknowledge the successes along the way.”
Managing Director of WLR, Des Whelan added: “WLR is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, and with Waterford Council on the 2022 Business Awards initiative. I think it’s more important than ever to recognize excellence in local business and industry 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, Research and innovation 
5. Excellence in Sustainability 
6. Tourism Excellence 
7. Best food and beverage producer 
8. Business of the Year (UP TO 20 PEOPLE)
9. Business of the Year (21-100 PEOPLE) 
10. Business of the Year (100+) 
11. Customer Service excellence 

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, as well as an Exceptional Achievement Award.
All businesses located in Waterford City and County are encouraged to enter, whether you are a Chamber member or not. You can enter the Waterford Business Awards here, where you will also find full criteria and an outline on each category. 
The closing date for nominations and applications for the Waterford Business Awards is Friday, 11th November 2022.