This is the 12th running of Clare Business Excellence Awards. Our independent, professional judges, from SpotCheck NI, look forward to rigorously assessing written submissions, while also planning mystery visits to businesses competing in hospitality, retail and tourism award categories.
We call on those entering Best Bistro Cafe and Restaurant / Customer Service Excellence/ Best Retailer / Tourism Experience and Hospitality categories, all of which depend on in-person mystery judging, to please get entries in as soon as possible as our judges aim to complete judging of these categories first, before moving on to categories depending on written submission.
We would not be able to host these independently adjudicated awards without the generous support of our sponsors. We sincerely thank overall sponsor, Clare County Council and our category sponsors, many of whom have supported us for all 12 years of Clare Business Excellence Awards.
Businesses large and small across Clare are invited to enter Clare Business Excellence Awards.
Application forms are available online at: https://www.ennischamber.ie/services/business-awards
CLARE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2022
Categories & Sponsors
BEST GREEN & SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES Sponsored by Rengen Power
BEST MICRO BUSINESS (employing 10 people or less) Sponsored by Clare Local Enterprise Office
BEST SME IN CLARE (From 10 to 250 employees) Sponsored by Cup Print
BUSINESS SUPPORTING COMMUNITY Sponsored by Essilor
CLARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by Vitalograph
BEST TOURISM EXPERIENCE IN CLARE Sponsored by TUS
BEST HOSPITALITY IN CLARE Sponsored by Shannon Group
BEST PLACE TO EAT (2 x sub-categories; Best Restaurant and Best Bistro/Café) Sponsored by AIB
BEST USE OF DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA Sponsored by the Clare Echo
CLARE RETAILER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Ennis Chamber
CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE Sponsored by McKeogh Gallagher Ryan Accountants
BEST VOLUNTARY/COMMUNITY GROUP IN CLARE Sponsored by St Francis Credit Union
‘CLARE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2022’ (Overall Winner) Sponsored by lead sponsor – Clare County Council
Judging and Closing Dates
Independent adjudicators, Spotcheck NI, will complete mystery visits and reviews for categories involving retail, hospitality, tourism and customer service. For categories depending on written submissions an independent expert panel has been established to adjudicate.
Closing date for mystery visit categories (Hospitality, Retail August 15, 2022
Customer Service Excellence/Tourism/Best Place to Eat)
Closing date (written submission categories) September 12, 2022
Finalists to be announced in October. Winners to be revealed, and awards presented at a Gala Awards event at glór Theatre on November 24, 2022.