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  • Mayo Business Awards
  • Clew Bay Bike - Winner Service Tourism
  • Guna Nua - Winner Micro Business
  • Cuinneog - Winner Argi, Food & Beverage
  • Fordes - Winner Retail Customer Service
  • Kellys Butchers - Winner Manufacturing
  • Team Horizon - Winner Best Professional Services
  • Wild West - Winner Best Start Up
  • Knockranny Hotel - Winner Hospitality
  • CJ Sheeran Ltd - Winner Green Business Award

Award Categories and Sponsors

This year we have increased the number of categories to 13 as we look to give Mayo businesses more chances to be rewarded for this continued success.

There is no limit to the amount of categories your business can enter as long as it meets the conditions set out for the award.

Click here to Enter the Awards.

Most Innovative Product / Service Business Award

Sponsored By: Allergan

 

This award is aimed at businesses that have excelled in developing innovative products or providing innovative services for their customers that show a good understanding of modern day requirements and technologies.

The award also looks to recognise businesses that can demonstrate how innovative ideas and techniques have contributed to an overall improvement in service and have had a positive impact on the business

This award will be judged on the following criteria:
Minimum 500 words
• Concept of the product
• Process of developing the concept and bringing it to the market
• Development of the product / service
• How the product / service was received by the customer, success of the product / service
• New product/ service launches or developing new partnerships
• Individual achievements or independent business awards local or international

Micro Enterprise Business Award

Sponsored By: LEO Mayo / Mayo.ie

 

This category is open to businesses across all sectors with ten employees or less with less than a 2 million turnover a year, offering applicant the opportunity to get recognition for the growth and success of their business during the past number of years.

Entrants will be asked to describe what distinguishes them from other micro businesses, in terms of innovation in products or services and marketing and sales techniques, and their plans for the future growth and success of their business.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:
Minimum 500 words
• Product or Service range
• Client base
• Plans for future growth
• Distinct competitive advantage or new customer wins
• Staff Numbers (Current and for each of the past two years)
• New marketing including export
• Marketing campaigns with measurable results
• New product launches or developing partnerships
• Sales performance (Show actual turnover achieved current and for each of the past two years) 
• Individual achievements or independent business awards local or international

 

Manufacturing or Exporter Business Award

Sponsored By: Bank Of Ireland

 

The Best Manufacturing or Exporter Business Award looks to reward businesses who have achieved outstanding success in the production and/or exporting of goods or services and is open to businesses that operate on a local, national or international level.

Entrants will be judged on how a business has adapted to the ever evolving industry and how they have embraced and applied new technologies to the benefit of their business.

Areas such as product innovation and standards of production will also be a part of the adjudication process as will a business’s ability to adapt and excel in national or international markets.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

Minimum 500 words

• New product launch development
• Innovation and standards
• Reference to up-skilling and training programmes for staff
• Distinct competitive advantages or new customer wins / New Markets
• Marketing campaigns with measurable results
• Mergers or acquisitions or new investment capital incorporated in the business
• The levels of exports in relation to the company size
• The barriers that have been overcome 

Best Retail Premises Award

Sponsored By: PORTWEST

 

The Best Retail Premises Award aims to recognise businesses who continuously deliver high standards and excellent service in retail industry.
Innovation (either in products or service), employee development, customer service or notable successes are just some of the ways businesses can stand out in a highly competitive industry.

This category aims to reward those who strive to create an amiable work environment for their employees while consequently providing customers with and enjoyable experience which helps drives business success and growth.

Independent adjudicators will make unannounced visits to the finalists in this section. These mystery shoppers will judge this award based on the criteria below.

This award will be judged on the exterior and interior of the premises and will take into consideration the following criteria:

Minimum 500 words
• The exterior and interior of the premises
• The layout and quality of the grounds
• The overall environment, of the premises
• The demeanour, professionalism and presentation of staff
• Reference to up-skilling and training programmes for staff

Best Tourism Business Award

Sponsored By: Wild Atlantic Way

 

With Mayo being one of Ireland’s premium tourism destinations, the Best Tourism Business Award is dedicated to businesses which provide outstanding service or product to visitors which enhance the reputation and appeal of County Mayo.

Applicants will be asked to show how they have adapted to recent changes in the tourism industry and to highlight their achievements and challenges that they have overcome.
Special consideration will also be given for tourism businesses which have shown innovation in all areas of the business which have impacted on the success of the business.
 

This award will be judged on the following criteria: 

Minimum 500 words

• Collaboration with other tourism businesses
• What has your business done to enhance tourism services in the region
• How does your business stand out from similar tourism businesses in the country
• Achievements you have received and challenges you have overcome
• Number of staff you employ
• Value added services

 

Best Hospitality Business Award – Under 10 Full Time Staff Equivalent

Sponsored By: Gilmartins Catering and Hygiene Supplies

 

With a thriving tourism industry in County Mayo, the Best Hospitality Business Award is to reward businesses in the hospitality sector that have thrived and achieved success in recent times.

Applicants will be asked to show how they have adapted to change in the hospitality industry and how they have used new technologies to branch out into new or wider markets.

Businesses will be judged on areas such as customer satisfaction and innovative sales and marketing practices which they have used to grow their business. 

Independent adjudicators will make unannounced visits to the finalists in this section. These mystery shoppers will judge this award based on the criteria below.

This award will be judged on the following criteria: 
Minimum 500 words

• Overall Standards
• Layout and ambience of the premises
• Facilities available
• Standards of cleanliness and hygiene
• Value added services
• Customer services
• Reference to up skilling and training programmes for staff.
• Evidence of enhancing your customers’ business in bringing them new competitive advantages in their business.
• Innovative Sales and Marketing practices

Best Hospitality Business Award – Over 10 Full Time Staff Equivalent

Sponsored By: Coming Soon

 

With a thriving tourism industry in County Mayo, the Best Hospitality Business Award is to reward businesses in the hospitality sector that have thrived and achieved success in recent times.

Applicants will be asked to show how they have adapted to change in the hospitality industry and how they have used new technologies to branch out into new or wider markets.

Businesses will be judged on areas such as customer satisfaction and innovative sales and marketing practices which they have used to grow their business. 

Independent adjudicators will make unannounced visits to the finalists in this section. These mystery shoppers will judge this award based on the criteria below.

This award will be judged on the following criteria: 

Minimum 500 words

• Overall Standards
• Layout and ambience of the premises
• Facilities available
• Standards of cleanliness and hygiene
• Value added services
• Customer services
• Reference to up skilling and training programmes for staff.
• Evidence of enhancing your customers’ business in bringing them new competitive advantages in their business.
• Innovative Sales and Marketing practices

Green Business Award

Sponsored By: Environmental Protection Agency

 

The Green Business of the Year award will look to find the business which has shown a commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly business practices.
Businesses will be asked to show how they have overcome challenges in their attempts to become more environmentally conscience and what imaginative techniques or policies they have implemented which have resulted in increased efficiency or environmental gain.

Nominees will be judged on how they have embraced Green Business policies without negatively impacting customer satisfaction.
This award will be judged on the following criteria:
Minimum 500 words
• Waste reduction measures
• Energy saving measures
• Policies that have been implemented
• Awareness programmes to educate staff on improving environmental standards
• Benefits to the business and to the customer
• Future plans
• Challenges you have overcome

 

Best Business Start-Up (Less than 2years)

Sponsored By: AIB

 

The Best Business Start-Up Award recognises the outstanding achievements of Mayo’s newest business and entrepreneurs and is open to any business set up within the last two years.
 

This award will be judged on the following criteria: 

Minimum 500 words

• Key objectives of the business
• Business strategy
• Customer service standards
• Sales performance (Show actual turnover achieved versus plans)
• Future growth plans 
• Innovation and competitive advantage over rival businesses
• Barriers that have been overcome 

Best Customer Service Business Award

Sponsored By: Team Horizon

 

The Best Customer Service Business Award looks to reward businesses that have excelled with regards to customer service and their relationship with their consumers.

Entrants will be asked to highlight examples of when they have gone the extra mile to tend to their customer’s needs and will be judged on the systems in place to deal with problems or issues which may arise.

Businesses may be asked to show how their levels of customer service exceed that of their competitors.
Independent adjudicators will make unannounced visits to the finalists in this section. These mystery shoppers will judge this award based on the criteria below.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

Minimum 500 words

• Evaluation methods to access your customer service
• Evidence of going the extra mile, exceeding customer expectations
• Reference to up-skilling and training programmes for staff
• Systems in place to deal with problems or issues which may arise
• Excelled with regards to customer service and your relationship with your consumers
• Individual achievements or independent business awards local or international

Food or Beverage Product Award

Sponsored By: Kelly's of Newport

 

The Food or Beverage Award looks to recognise the Food or Beverage businesses that make up an ever growing sector of Mayo business.

The adjudication process will look at the methods businesses have used in order to deliver the best possible product or service to the customer.

Candidates will also be judged on how they distinguish themselves from other businesses in the highly competitive market.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

Minimum 500 words

• Quality and innovation of the product
• Branding and packaging 
• Marketing Campaign of the product with measurable results 
• Recognition of your product 
• Distinct competitive advantages or new customer wins
• Strong vision for future development 
• Future growth plans in retail and foodservice 

Best Technology Business Award

Sponsored By: Cloudstrong

 

The Best Technology Business Award will recognise the outstanding progress of Mayo businesses in one of the most competitive and highly skilled industries.
Entrants for this Award will be asked how they have maintained their competitive advantage in what is an ever changing industry.

As a business constantly embracing new ideas and innovation what challenges do businesses face and how will they overcome them in order to have continued success?

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

Minimum 500 words

• Concept of the product
• Description and process of developing the concept and bringing it to the market
• Evolution of your product / service and remaining relevant
• Description of whom your customers are
• Competitive advantages evidence of enhancing your customers’ business in bringing them new competitive advantages in their business
• New customer wins
• New product launches or developing partnerships
• Up-skilling and training programmes for staff

 

Best Professional Services Award

Sponsored By: Dillon-Leetch & Comerford Solicitors

 

The Best Professional Services Award will focus on businesses that show excellence in their business practice and provide an outstanding service for their clients.

Businesses will be asked to display any innovative and forward thinking processes they utilise in order to deliver the best possible service.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:


Minimum 500 words
• Professional Organisations that you are affiliated with
• How does your business standout in comparison to similar businesses in the sector
• How you employ best practice in your sector
• Up-skilling and training programmes for staff
• Service range
• Client base
• Individual achievements or independent business awards local or international

 

Our Sponsors

  • Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Allergan
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- LEO Mayo / Mayo.ie
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Bank Of Ireland
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- PORTWEST
  • Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Wild Atlantic Way
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Gilmartins Catering and Hygiene Supplies
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Coming Soon
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Environmental Protection Agency
  • Mayo Business Awards -Brands- AIB
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Team Horizon
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Kelly's of Newport
    Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Cloudstrong
  • Mayo Business Awards -Brands- Dillon-Leetch & Comerford Solicitors

Sponsors