The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Donegal Friendly Business Awards were held in the Warehouse Bar and Kitchen last Monday where some of Donegal’s friendliest businesses gathered for an awards ceremony.
The overall award winner was Evolve Menswear, Letterkenny.
The JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards seek to recognise the important role played by small businesses in the continuous development and improvement of our economy and local communities.
The competition aims to reward businesses that go the extra mile and provide an outstanding service to their customers and their community at large.
It is particularly important in this economic environment to highlight businesses that don't allow their standards to slip and continue to provide quality services
Speaking at the awards ceremony Emma Boylan, JCI Donegal Business Officer, said: “Tonight’s awards are about highlighting businesses that make the extra effort to be as friendly as possible to their customers and in Donegal there is a wide selection to choose from. We are famous for our warm welcome!”
With over 50 nominations for excellent businesses this year competition was again intense.
On the night the winners were;
Digital Friendliness Award (sponsored by Zynda Media) - Lottie Dolls;
Lottie Dolls are award-winning, childlike dolls, that empower young minds and nurture individuality through play.
They have an impressive online presence with over 50,000 followers combine on their social media platform and a great website that is easy to use and sharp in design.
Disability Access Award (sponsored by Edwin Foley Chartered Accountants) - Letterkenny Shopping Centre.
Letterkenny Shopping Centre comprises 105,000 sq. ft. over a single level with over 36 stores and more than 660 free car parking spaces. They have disabled toilets car parking and access to meet everyone's needs.
When the shopping centre was mystery shopped by someone with a disability it stood out among any other as the most accessible and disability friendly.
Community Impact Award (sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company) - Brittons Pharmacy, Donegal town.
Britton’s Pharmacy is a family run chemist that has been serving the community of Donegal town for over 30 years.
Having been set up by Joseph Britton Snr. in 1979 in the diamond, the heart of Donegal town, it has been going strength to strength. Joseph Britton Jr. took the helm of the business in 1999 and been developing it and bringing it into the 21st century whist still maintaining the values and ethics set up by his father.
Customer Care Award (sponsored by The Tax Clinic) was The Mad Hatter Tea Room.
The Mad Hatter not only serves great tea, coffee and food they do it with a smile! Described as a treat by customers, the Friendly atmosphere and staff make dining here a truly enjoyable experience.
Shop Layout and Design Award (sponsored CBM Signs) - Evolve Letterkenny.
Evolve's shop layout is as stylish as their clothes.
From the moment you walk through the door you feel the sense of style!
The shop is open planned and well merchandised.
Eco-Friendliness Award (sponsored by the Station House Hotel) - Simple Simons
JCI Donegal’s Overall Friendliest Business 2016 (sponsored by Kerry's Little Bakery) - Evolve Menswear.
The six winners will now go forward to be in with a chance to represent JCI Donegal in the All-Ireland final in Galway in October.
JCI Donegal President Ann-Louise Mc Clintock thanked all the JCI branches, the sponors and the national sponsor Bank of Ireland:
“It is projects like this that help in making Ireland a more competitive country that produces a better product and this will make Ireland a better place to do business,” she said.
JCI Donegal invite the public to follow them on Facebook for more news and updates.
More information about the Friendly Business Awards project can be found on www.jciireland.ie.
If you would like to nominate a business for the 2017 competition or for information about the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Award winners at the JCI (Junior Chambers Ireland) Friendly Business Awards Donegal on Monday night last front from left are Barry Gallagher, Bank of Ireland, Veronica Keenan, Overall Winner Evolve, Daniel Lane, Evolve Shop Layout Award, Paddy McMenamin, The Hatter Tea Room, Customer Care Award and Ian Harkin, Lottie Dolls, Digital Experence Award. Back row from left Ian Farmer, Director of Business JCI, Emma Boylan, JCI Donegal,Anne Louise McClintock, President JCI, Donegal, Carmel Brennan, Bank of Ireland, and Louica McCauley, Bank of Ireland. Photo Clive Wasson