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Eight companies awarded for special achievements




President’s Award presented to Rose Hynes


IMG_7776Adare-based Samco Agricultural Manufacturing was hailed Overall Business of the Year at the 2013 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards.  The awards, sponsored by LIT, were announced at the Limerick Chamber President’s Dinner at the Limerick Strand Hotel. Over 400 of the region’s top business leaders and government officials attended the annual dinner and awards ceremony which featured a keynote address by Department of Finance Secretary General, Mr John Moran and City of Culture Chairman, Mr Pat Cox.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Limerick Chamber President, Fergal Barry, congratulated all the winners as well as those who were shortlisted, commenting that “whether you are a winner or not, these awards unite us in excellence and we should all be proud of our achievements, congratulations to all.”

Presenting the Overall 2013 Business of the Year award, Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President, Limerick Institute of Technology and sponsor of the award, praised Samco for its innovative approach and continued focus on research and development. “Samco is a forward-looking company that has achieved significant success through its commitment to research, innovation and an expansion strategy into International markets.” she added.

In addition to the 8 business awards contested on the evening, a special award was presented by the President of Limerick Chamber, Dr Fergal Barry.

Rose Hynes, Chair of Shannon Airport, was the recipient of the Limerick Chamber President’s Award.  Ms Hynes was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the economic development of the region through her tenure as as Chair of the Aviation Business Development Task Force and now as Chair of Shannon Airport Authority.

The full list of the 2013 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards winners is as follows:

Best Start-Up / Emerging Business Award:   Nualtra Ltd

2013 Best SME Business Award:  Carambola Kidz

2013 Best FDI Business Award:  Glass Lewis Europe

2013 Best Exporter Business Award:  AMCS Group

2013 Best Retail & Hospitality Business Award:  Matthew Stephens Jewellers

2013 Best Large Indigenous Business Award:  Masterchefs Hospitality

2013 Best Sport, Art & Culture Business Award:  Pig ‘n’ Porter Tag Rugby Festival

2013 Overall Business of the Year Award:  Samco Agricultural Manufacturing

2013 Limerick Chamber President’s Award:  Ms Rose Hynes

Overall 2013 Business of the Year Award:  Samco Agricultural Manufacturing


Photos by Jonathan Baynes for 2013. All Rights Reserved






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