Enter with us today and hopefully you will join our finalists in the Mansion House on Friday 3rd November 2023 as we raise a toast to the extraordinary achievements of Irish family businesses!

With 26 categories to enter, we know you will find one or more suitable to your business.

Entries are completely free, and the deadline to enter is September 2023!

Join us on the day – Drinks Reception at 12pm and the Awards begin at 12.30pm

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This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish agricultural sector in the product/services it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Innovation in agriculture that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Demonstrates good agricultural practice
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Exhibits commitment to sustainable practices
  • Demonstrates consistent delivery of products/services
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can show evidence of delivering outstanding customer service to its clients. By going that extra mile, they have made a positive difference to the consumer experience.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to retain customers over long periods of time
  • Offers value for money in the goods/services provided
  • Provides goods/services known for exemplary quality
  • Evidence of positive customer feedback/testimonials
  • Displays ability to monitor and respond to all customer feedback
  • Demonstrates innovation in how it provides and maintains high service standards to its customers

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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This award recognises a small business which has drawn on its family values to build a successful company, one which acts as a great ambassador for the sector and makes a significant contribution to society and the wider economy.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates pride in family values and a passion for what they do
  • Benefits generated by the business for the local community
  • Demonstrates originality in the product/services it provides
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other local businesses and organisations
  • Invests in staff development
  • Embodies all that is great about family business
  • Can act as an ambassador operating in the Irish family business sector

This category is open to businesses with up to 50 staff or less. Entries to all categories will be considered for this award.

This award celebrates the Family Businesses that go the extra mile to ensure they are contributing to their communities. The award will acknowledge a Family Business in any industry that displays Corporate Social Responsibility Practises

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Evidence of Social Initiatives run by the Family Business.
  • Demonstrates a level of care and commitment to their surrounding community
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other public services and community organisations.
  • Evidence of investment in staff development through skills and learning
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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This award recognises a family business which has survived and thrived for more than three generations and dedicated itself to providing excellent products/services to its customers in that period.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to change and adapt over time
  • Has developed a reliable and trusted brand
  • Demonstrates loyalty to its customers by adapting to their needs
  • Demonstrates investment in staff development and business competency
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Evidence of a robust quality system
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish farming sector in the product/services it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates pride in family values and a passion for what it does
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Demonstrates originality in the product/services it provides
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other businesses
  • Investment in staff development
  • Embodies all that is great about family business
  • Can act as an ambassador for large companies operating in the Irish family business sector
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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Ireland is renowned for its high standard of food and drink products. This category is open to all family run Food and Drink Producers. This award will recognize consistency of quality of produce and the achievements of the businesses in this sector.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider will include the following:

  • Produces food/drink known for exemplary taste and flavour
  • Evidence of customers feedback/testimonials
  • Innovation in products and systems that demonstrate improved business performance
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Evidence of a robust quality system, quality marks received to date
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish Nursing sector in the services it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Provides healthcare services known for exemplary quality
  • Has developed a reliable and trusted brand 
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Demonstrates a level of care and commitment to their community
  • Value for money in the service provided
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award aims to highlight the important role played by emerging businesses who are defining the future of Family Business in Ireland. The award will celebrate the success of a Family Business who has overcome the challenges and continues to grow

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership skills within the family business sector
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other businesses
  • Demonstrates a clear plan for sustainable growth in the future
  • Exhibits excellent opportunity to grow for future generations
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Evidence of achievements: Organic Business Growth, Strategic Business Growth, Partnership/Merger/Acquisition, and/or Internal
  • Business Growth

This category is open to business leaders related to any family business, big or small.

This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish Healthcare sector in the services it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Provides healthcare services known for exemplary quality
  • Has developed a reliable and trusted brand 
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Demonstrates a level of care and commitment to their community
  • Value for money in the service provided
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business in the hospitality industry that can demonstrate a sustained commitment to providing excellence to its clients.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • A recognised family name in the hospitality sector
    Demonstrates a commitment to service excellence
    Demonstrates consistent delivery of service and monitoring of customer feedback
    Innovation in services provided that demonstrates improved business performance
    Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
    Value for money in the service provided
    Provides hospitality services known for exemplary quality
    Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business in the Manufacturing & Engineering industry that can demonstrate a sustained commitment to Total Quality Management.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates excellence in management systems, including business planning, risk management, cost control and financial performance
  • Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other businesses
  • Evidence of a robust quality system
  • Investment in staff development
  • Evidence of achievements
  • Evidence of quality marks received to date

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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This award celebrates innovation by a family business across all sectors which can be displayed through marketing the brand, development of new products and services, the enhancement of service delivery, production, manufacturing or work practices.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates originality in the delivery of a product/service
  • Evidence of a product/service that stands out from its competitors offering
  • Evidence of new thinking, moving away from industry norms
  • Demonstrates customer satisfaction through innovative offering
  • Demonstrates improved business performance through innovation
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community through innovation
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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This award recognises a family business which serves an international market.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Ability to build a recognised brand at home and abroad
  • Represents Ireland in a positive light on an international stage within their sector
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt its company to overseas markets
  • Innovation in products/services that demonstrate improved business performance
  • Benefits generated by the business for the country
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other businesses

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish Pharmacy sector in the services/products it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Innovation in service/products that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Has developed a reliable and trusted brand 
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Exhibits commitment to sustainable practices
  • Demonstrates consistent delivery of service
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can demonstrate a significant contribution made to the Irish printing and publishing sector in the services/products it provides.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Innovation in service/products that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Has developed a reliable and trusted brand 
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Exhibits commitment to sustainable practices
  • Demonstrates consistent delivery of service
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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Family Businesses in Ireland have always had a strong representation in the Professional & Businesses Services Sector. This award recognises the excellent service provided by Family Businesses in this industry.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to earn their clients trust
  • A recognised name in the industry
  • Offers value for money in the services provided
  • Provides a service known for exemplary quality
  • Displays ability to monitor and adapt to all clients’ needs
  • Demonstrates innovation in how its service is run
  • Achievements to date

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award celebrates the success of a Family Business that has established their name in the Property/Construction Industry. The award will acknowledge a Family Business that displays a high level of professionalism to excel in the turbulent industry.

  • Innovation in property/construction that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Ability to earn the trust of their clients and meet their needs
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Investment in staff development
  • Demonstrates work safety practices of the highest standards
  • Exhibits commitment to providing an ethical service
  • Demonstrates consistent delivery of quality services
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business which can show evidence of outstanding practice in Retail & Wholesale and makes a positive difference to the experience being delivered to the Irish consumer.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Displays ability to compete with large multinationals and international online retailers
  • Demonstrates high customer service standards
  • Shows loyalty to its customer base
  • Displays ability to monitor and respond to customer feedback
  • Shows innovative marketing and sales activity both online and offline
  • Evidence of the quality of the goods provided
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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This award recognises a family business in any sector which is forward-thinking in its environmental policies and has made a significant contribution to improving its sustainability

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Incorporates sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of the business
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider environment
  • Demonstrates improved resource efficiency and reduced carbon footprint
  • Identifies where savings measures have been implemented and have achieved optimum energy efficiency
  • Monitors its ecological footprint and responds with necessary measures
  • Embeds improved environmental management practices through dedicated training programmes
  • Benefits generated by the business for the local community
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises a family business in the technology sector that can demonstrate a sustained commitment to providing cutting-edge products or services, insightful solutions and innovative strategies to its customers.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Demonstrates originality and innovation in the product/service offering
  • Benefits generated by the product or service offering for their clients/customers
  • Results of collaborative work undertaken with other businesses
  • Evidence of investment in staff development through skills and learning
  • Driving the next generation of technological growth
  • Evidence of achievements
  • Evidence of quality marks received to date

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

This award recognises Family Businesses in the area of Transport & Logistics. The award will acknowledge the high standard maintained by a Family Business in providing an excellent service exceeding their clients’ expectations.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • A recognised family name in the Transport & Logistics sector
  • Demonstrates a commitment to service excellence
  • Demonstrates consistent delivery of service and monitoring of standards
  • Innovation in services provided that demonstrates improved business performance
  • Benefits generated by the business for the wider community
  • Value for money in the service provided
  • Evidence of achievements

This category is open to micro, small, medium and large companies. Judging will be assessed in the context of the size and resources of the business.

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The Family Business Rising Star Award recognises the work and achievements of an individual that is taking their family business to new heights. The recipient of this award will act as a great ambassador for the next generation of family business leaders.

The criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

  • Evidence of achievements and growth within the business
  • Invests in staff development and progression
  • Demonstrates originality in the products/services their business provides
  • Evidence of plans for future generations.