The Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards will award The Best SME of the Year award to an organisation, trading for more than 3 years, based in the Mid-West Region, that is striving to create world-class products and services, setting the highest benchmarks and optimising opportunities in their marketplace.
Judges will be looking at:
Sustainability & Development: This winning business demonstrates that it took significant measures to ensure sustainability/growth of its business in its sector (or location) and continued to develop its business offering.
Innovation & Adaptability: The winning business demonstrates how has the company embraced innovation and adapted its business to the challenges this year (could be in terms of product, service, strategy, channels to customers for example) to strengthen its competitiveness.
Customer Satisfaction: The winning business must demonstrate going the extra mile in delivering a great customer experience that matches their target market and customer demographic.
Contribution to the Region: The winning business will have had a positive impact to the region in areas such as job retention, job creation, active collaboration and support with other businesses and organisations to help attract new business to the region and have a culture that embraces corporate giving in their community.
To be eligible for the Best SME Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 5 years (see Best Emerging Business for < 5 years) and at least 12 months in the Limerick City Region (Mid-west region). TheEuropean definition of SME applies and is as follows: "The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro”.
Please note that if your company forms part of a multinational organisation then it is the multinational organisation that must meet the criteria. In some cases, this might mean that you apply for Best Large Business and focus on the local impact and your company will be assessed in that context.
This category excludes retail & hospitality businesses. Please see the other award category for this