The wait is almost over... Who will walk away with coveted Meath Business & Tourism Awards?

The countdown is on to the 14th Meath Business & Tourism Awards which will be held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim tonight (25th November).

The prestigious awards night, hosted by the Meath Chronicle in partnership with Meath Co Council and Discover Boyne Valey is regarded as one of the highlights of the Meath business social calendar and will honour those firms and organisations that have excelled in their fields.

An overall business and tourism winner will be chosen on the night. Last year's overall winners were (Business) Finnegan's Farm and (Tourism) Loughcrew Estate and Gardens.

Here's the shortlist...

Best Family Business:McCormacks Family Farm / Sheridan Cheesmongers / The Zone
Customer Experience:L’Avenue / Jacks Bar and Garden/ Nina’s Boutique
Emerging New Business:Bective Tea Rooms / Fortify Institute / ESTIMATING- ME
LEO:The Studio Coffee Roasters / Skin and Bodyworks / Next Generation Plastics
Online and Ecommerce:Bespoke Murder Mystery / The Parcel Concierge / Saraden Designs
Education and Training:Trim Castle Hotel / Bluebird Care Meath / Adrian Dunne Pharmacies
Not for Profit:Meath Womens Refuge / Kells Riding for Disabled / Trim Family Resource Centre / Claremont Stadium / KADA
Sustainable Tourism:Boyne Boats / City North Hotel / Scurloughstown Haymaking Festival Trim
Small Tourism:Custom Irish Tours / An Gobha / Boyne View Guesthouse
Tourism Experience:Killeen Castle / Boyne Valley Tours / Pillo Hotel Ashbourne

Meath Chronicle editor Gavan Becton congratulated the 29 businesses and organisations shortlisted for this year's MBTA awards.

"Never has there been a more challenging time for business in the county and the country. Having emerged from the massive difficulties created by Covid, we know are facing into a winter of surging energy and material cost increases and an uncertain economic outlook. And yet, we continue to be amazed by the resilience and innovation and steadfast determination by our local businesses not just to survive but to thrive.

"We are delighted that we can come together on 25th November in Knightsbrook Hotel to celebrate their successes and achievements."

Mr Becton added that the success of the awards wouldn't be possible without the partnership support of Meath Co Council as well the main sponsors - eCOMM, AIB, Discover Boyne Valley, Dunboyne College of Further Education, Alltech, Devenish, Boliden Tara Mines and Sheridan Insurances.