Accessibility, employment and innovation among themes for Galway Chamber Business Awards

Mayor Colette Connolly and Galway Chamber president Aengus Burns pictured launching the Galway Chamber Business Awards.

Mayor Colette Connolly and Galway Chamber president Aengus Burns pictured launching the Galway Chamber Business Awards.

Business accessibility, employment, innovation, sustainability as well as building towards the future will be the key themes of this year’s Galway Chamber Business Awards.

Reflecting the evolving business environment across Galway, the Chamber has also added two new award categories which will seek to emphasise this focus and recognise the businesses who have made significant strides in these areas.

The Galway Chamber Business Awards, in association with Shannon Group plc, will take place in the Salthill Hotel on Thursday December 9.

A total of ten awards will be presented on the night, includes the new categories of Best Employer, sponsored by Noel Group as well as the Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion Award, sponsored by Galway City Council. The latter award will be open to both members and non-members of Galway Chamber.

The awards are easy to enter and provide all participants as well as their staff with an opportunity to show their pride in what they do as well as sharing their achievements with other businesses. To apply, simply complete the application form, available at The deadline for applications is Friday October 15.

All members of Galway Chamber are eligible to enter, with the ‘Best Emerging Enterprise’, ‘Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Sustainability Initiative’ categories also open to non-members.

Three entries will be shortlisted in each of the categories and these businesses will be featured in all publicity material as well as receiving a specially-made video about their organisation.

The full list of award categories is:

Dr. Chris Coughlan Award for Best Emerging Enterprise (open to non-members )

Kindly sponsored by WestBIC/Galway Technology Centre

Excellence in Innovation

Kindly sponsored by EY

Best Small to Medium Enterprise

Kindly sponsored by AIB

Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion Award (open to non-members )

Kindly sponsored by Galway City Council

Best Employer

Kindly sponsored by Noel Group

Best Customer Service

Kindly sponsored by Permanent TSB

Marketing Excellence

Kindly sponsored by Galway City Council

Sustainability Initiative Award (open to non-members )

Kindly sponsored by Shannon Airport

President’s Award Kindly sponsored by PwC.

The prestigious President’s Award, will be awarded to an individual who has contributed to the business life of Galway that is outstanding in every way.

The 2021 Galway Chamber Business of the Year sponsored by Shannon Group plc will be awarded to one of the Category Winners.

Welcoming this year’s awards, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said a lot has changed in the business environment over the course of the last 18 months. “Issues like accessibility and inclusion, being good employers, innovation and sustainability are becoming increasingly important to businesses, their staff and their customers. These are some of the topics that are energising corporate culture at present.

“That’s why it is important they are reflected in these awards, providing an opportunity to recognise those who are making strides in these areas. As the main award sponsor, Shannon Group are delighted to once again support Galway Chamber and honor the innovation, talent and inclusive spirit among the Galway business community,” she said.

Her remarks were echoed by Galway Chamber President Aengus Burns who said the extended range of award categories mean there are even more choices to suit every type and size of business.

“We wanted this year’s awards to illustrate how the focus of the Galway business community continues to evolve and also to provide a platform for those who are making an extra effort to put accessibility, inclusivity, sustainability and innovation at the core of their businesses.

“It gives the many fantastic companies operating across Galway the opportunity to showcase the tremendous work they have done over the last year and for the excellence of these businesses to be recognised,” he said.

All of the awards coverage will be included in the Galway Advertiser and Galway Bay FM, the official media partners of the 2021 Galway Chamber Business Awards.

For further information and entry forms, please log on to


Page generated in 0.3290 seconds.