420 business leaders from across Kildare attended the Annual Kildare Business Awards  in association with Kildare County Council and LEO Kildare on Friday night (29th November) in The Killashee Hotel.

President of County Kildare Chamber, Luke Hanahoe

Allan Shine, CEO of the Chamber in his opening address paid tribute to all the finalists and noted that this year the Chamber received a record number of application for the category awards on offer.  He outlined how 2019 to date has been a great year for business in Kildare with members of the Chamber continuing to create employment, enter new markets and business members continued to expand and diversify.


Dick O’Sullivan of Punchestown Racecourse was this year’s recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to Business Award “.  Business of the Year for 2019 was won by Barretstown.

Luke Hanahoe, Rachel Cooke, Jennifer Forster & Allan Shine

The Kildare Business recognise excellence in business throughout the county, across a number of categories


Winners on the night were

SME (1-5 Employees)                Big Picture Communications  


SME (6-20 Employees)              Monread CRM   


SME (21 Employees plus)        Barretstown      


Digital Marketing Award           Punchestown Racecourse & Event Venue

E – Commerce Award                 CarveOn

Employee of the Year Award  Siofra Ryan – Kilkea Castle Resort & Golf Club


International Trade Award      Irish Dog Foods

Green Business of the Year       Intel 

Networker of the Year Award Ronan Twohig – Gannon Office Solutions  


Start Up Business of the Year Acornstar

Excellence in CSR Award          T & I Fitouts

Tourism & Hospitality Award Palmerstown House Estate     

Innovation & Technology         The Culinary Food Group        

Customer Excellence Award    Graphedia  

Diversity & Inclusion Award   Maynooth University

Overall Business of the year    Barretstown

Outstanding Contribution to Business        Dick O’Sullivan (Punchestown Racecourse)