A HUGE thanks to everyone who came along to the Laois Business Awards on Friday night at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel making our inaugural event a massive success! It was great to see so many thriving businesses and entrepreneurs coming together to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge the ‘Best of Laois’!!
Thanks to our Partners, Allied Irish Bank and Laois Nationalist for all of their hard work, commitment, support and guidance over the past few months, without whom we could not have put this event together, and of course all of our sponsors who so generously contributed:
Category Sponsors – AIB, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, SIRO Ireland, Killaree Lighting Services, Total Highway Maintenance, Dan Morrissey & Company – Plazamont Ltd., Michael Lyng Motors, Institute of Technology Carlow, Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board, Local Enterprise Office Laois.
Sponsors – Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Thomas Kelly & Sons, Dunne Brothers Ltd, Gaynor Miller, Killeen civil engineering, Kilgallen & Partners, Manor Stone Garden Centre, Powerpoint Engineering Ltd & Portlaoise Stone Centre Limited.
A special thanks to: The Management and Staff of the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel for their excellent service and hospitality, the wonderfully talented young harpists of Music Generation Laois, All Event Productions – Kildare for their stunning set, sound, lighting and visuals, Graphedia for their design & branding and our charismatic and witty MC, Marty Whelan RTÉ lyric fm for being an excellant host. Special thanks also to Lawlor Video Memories and Michael Scully Photography for capturing the event. Our speakers, Tom Mulhall, An Cathaoirleach, John Mulholland, Chief Executive, Laois County Council, Deirdre Cleary, Head of Banking, Allied Irish Banks Laois Offaly & Kildare and our special guest speaker, John Moran of RHH International for taking time out of his busy schedule to deliver a truly encouraging and inspirational speech. THE LOLS for keeping us dancing until the early hours!!!
Finally, congratulations to all our winners on the night and equally to all the runners up, all of whom were so gracious and supportive! The judges had a very tough task in choosing the winners as the calibre of finalists was so high so you should all be so proud of your accomplishments and contributions to this wonderful County of ours!!
Business Support Unit (BSU), Laois County Council in association with Local Enterprise Office