Over 360 business leaders from across Kildare attended the Kildare Business Awards Gala Ball in association with Kildare County Council and LEO Kildare on Friday night (23rd  November) in The K Club


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

2018 to date has been a great year for business in Kildare with members of the Chamber continuing to create employment, enter new markets and companies continue to expand and also expand into new markets.

The Chamber made two significant announcements on the night, firstly in Quarter 2 2019, the Chamber will commission a “Kildare 2040 Business Survey” and in Quarter 3 2019,  the Chamber will embark on a trade visit to Boston, USA with companies from Kildare.



Business of the Year for 2018 was won by Newbridge Silverware who also took home the Tourism and Hospitality Award.  Rose O’Loughlin of The Keadeen Hotel was this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Business Award.


Winners this year were:


Networker of the Year 2018, Sponsored by The Kildare Post

Tara Lane – Centrepiece Rosettes


Tourism and Hospitality Award 2018 Sponsored by JF Dunne Insurances

Newbridge Silverware


E Commerce Award 2018  Sponsored by Graphedia

Pittman Traffic and Safety Solutions


Social Media / Digital Marketing Award 2018, Sponsored by EMS Copiers

Punchestown Racecourse


Customer Excellence Award 2018, Sponsored by AIB

Naas Racecourse


SME (1- 5 employees), Sponsored by O’Kelly Sutton Chartered Accountants

SweetSpot Sourcing


SME (6-20 employees), Sponsored by Colourtrend

T and I Fitouts


SME (21 plus employees), Sponsored by ISS Recruitment and Training

Crystal Air LTD


Retailer of the Year 2018, Sponsored by Ladytown Business Park



Innovation & Technology Award 2018, Sponsored by Kerry

Mongey Communications


Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018, Sponsored by Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors

Irish Dog Foods


Start up Business of the Year 2018, Sponsored by EMS Copiers

Equine MediRecord


Diversity and Inclusion Award, Sponsored by Grant Thornton

Intel Ireland


Overall Business of the year 2018, sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Newbridge Silverware


2018 Recipient of “Outstanding contribution to business award” sponsored by Maynooth University

Rose O’Loughlin, The Keadeen Hotel