The Mayo branch of Junior Chamber International was toasting the success of one of its own recently at the 2016 National Friendly Business Awards that took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. Lorna Quinn from Lorna's Mobile Hairdressing, which is based in Achill, was selected as the winner of Disability Access award at the National Friendly Business Awards ceremony.
The awards, organised annually by JCI Ireland, celebrate and recognise these businesses for the value and service they bring to local communities. This year involved the consideration of more than 500 businesses as nominees across eight local ceremonies, and a judging process that engaged with thousands of people, through mystery shopping, a public vote, and the consideration of submissions compiled by local branches.
Brian Smyth, JCI Ireland president, said: “Our goal this year is all about impact, relevance, and growth, and the awards have underlined the importance of customer service to SMEs. We wanted a revamped judging process that reflects these values and also gives the customer a say on who should win the awards.” Mr Smyth added that JCI Ireland, a voluntary organisation made up of young people in their twenties and thirties, was running the awards for the 10th year in 2016, and for the first year with partners Bank of Ireland, making this year's awards the most successful year to date. The Friendly Business Awards are awarded across six categories, which JCI Ireland believes form the fundamental elements of customer service and business friendliness.