It’s a very exciting time to be in business in Limerick and the Chamber is thrilled to be showcasing and acknowledging the fantastic work that enterprises in the region are doing! Today we announced the short-list of the best in business for the Limerick Region Business Awards 2011. And wow, what a selection the judges had to choose from!!! The amount of innovative and successful businesses that entered the awards was just overwhelming! We had almost 100 entries which is a phenomenal number given that this is our inaugural year running the awards with our lead sponsor LIT.

I am so thrilled that we decided to run the awards and we will announce the winners at the President’s Dinner. This year the winners will not only be recognised  as the best under the various category headings, but also all short-listed businesses will be showcased in front of the most important man in the Dail at the moment – Minister Michael Noonan! Let’s just say… it’s a rather unique and exciting opportunity!!

The Chamber continuously lobby for a pro-business environment and I think it’s fair to say that we in the Chamber are more aware than most of the problems and challenges facing businesses at the moment… but amidst all of the uncertainty and concerns that are in existence, there are also huge successes. And these awards are designed to celebrate the fantastic businesses that are creating jobs and economic opportunities for the Limerick region. And believe me – there are so many people and businesses out there succeeding despite the economic challenges we as a country and region face.

So put on your dancing shoes & book your place at the awards night/ presidents dinner – it’s on Friday 21st Oct in the Strand Hotel and it promises to be a night to be remembered. It’s the time for us to show that Limerick is not just a great place – but is the place – to do business in Ireland!

The list of finalists is available on the Limerick Chamber website – so are the booking details if you wish to attend the President’s Dinner/ Limerick Region Business Awards night.