Big night ahead for local entrepreneurs and firms at the 2023 Meath Business and Tourism Awards
The 14th Meath Business & Tourism Awards will be handed over at a glittering ceremony at Knightsbrook Hotel this evening (Friday 17th November)
Held in partnership between Meath Chronicle with Meath Co Council and Boyne Valley Tourism the MBTAs are the highlight of the business social calendar with 31 entrepreneurs, firms and organisations in the running for the coveted titles.
The annual celebration have grown from strength to strength with each year seeing hundreds of entries across categories including Best Family Business and Best Customer Experience which, last year, were the most entered sections.
Last year's Overall Business Award winner was McCormack's Family Farm in Kiltale while the Overall Tourism Award winner was Killeen Castle.
Over 250 people are expected to attend the ceremony which will once again be hosted by RTE broadcaster and Rathcairn native, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.
Speaking of their company's victory last year, Stephen McCormack said winning was a "massive surprise and great honour. We are totally shocked considering all the amazing companies involved and it's just brilliant for our amazing staff."
Meath Chronicle Editor, Gavan Becton said the awards were a continued celebration of innovation and bravery in the county.
"Companies across Meath continue to show remarkable agility, adaptability and courage in developing and expanding their businesses. The business leaders and entrepreneurs who put themselves forward for an MBTA are already winners, trailblazers and local heroes. These awards allow us to recognise all that they have done to date and are still striving to achieve."
"I would also like to pay tribute to all our sponsors, many of whom have been with us from year one and whom without, these awards would simply not happen.
“Alongside our partners, Meath Co Council and Boyne Valley Tourism - which has just celebrated 30 years promoting our region across the globe - I want to say a big thank you to eCOMM, Alltech, Sheridan Insurances, Dunboyne College of Further Education and AIB Navan and Knightsbrook Hotel, your continued support and enthusiasm is very much appreciated.”
And the nominees are....
Best Family Business:
Harp Renewables / Topline Murtaghs / Brogans Butchers / The Headfort Arms
Sponsored by Alltech
Cuddles Creche / Kells Gin / The Bunnery /
Sponsored by Meath County Council – Local Enterprise Office
Emerging New Business
Elmgrove Farm Flowers / Last Fence / Little Sicily
Sponsored by AIB
Not for Profit
Claremont Stadium / Wilkinstown Community Centre / Clann Mor
Sponsored by Sheridan Insurances
Investment in employee development and training
DBASS / L’Avenue Hair and Beauty / The Zone
Sponsored by Dunboyne College of Further Education
The Digital Trailblazer
The Central / VRXAD / Bellinter House
Sponsored by eComm
Best Customer Experience
Saraden Designs / Johnstown Estate Hotel / Abelle Bridal
Sponsored by Meath Chronicle
Best Small Tourism Business
James Griffin / Newbarn Farm / Zatino Travel / Bective Tea Rooms
Sponsored by Boyne Valley Tourism
Best Tourism Experience
Boyne Boats / Emerald Park / Navan Adventure Centre / Hot Box Sauna
Also sponsored by Boyne Valley Tourism