The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards will take place at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on November 28, 2018.
The judging for the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018 is now complete and the awards ceremony will take place at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny on November 28.
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards recognises and rewards towns and villages where businesses communities come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. The total prize fund is €157,000. The overall winner will receive a cash prize totalling €33,000.
For full details of the prize money and award categories, please read this.
The ‘Rising Star’ award
For 2018 there is a new Rising Star category with one prize of €20,000 awarded to the winner. This award is for towns or urban areas with unemployment and social exclusion issues. For example, the towns may have visible derelict or empty buildings or spaces where there are plans to create a place for social, artistic, creative, technological or entrepreneurial activity. This award has a separate judging panel from the main competition. A shortlist of five areas (one from each region and one from the cities) will be drawn up based on the submissions and these five will be visited by judges. Please read the FAQs for more details on the Rising Star award.
When did the judging take place?
The judging started in August and continued until late October, 2018. Over 80 towns were visited by the judges.
The awards ceremony
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on November 28, 2018.
FAQS and answers
If you have any questions about the competition, please read the FAQs and answers here.
Last year’s winners
The overall winner of the awards in 2017 was Tralee (pictured). The County Kerry town triumphed due to, what the judges said, was “the immense collaboration we experienced while visiting the town from local business groups and the wider community”.
The resounding sense of purpose and pride from those living, working and doing business in Tralee helped the town secure the top spot in 2017.
The overall category winners of the 2017 awards were the Dublin Docklands, Cootehill in Cavan, Mullingar in Westmeath, and Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim.
In total, 38 towns shared in the overall prize fund at the 2017 awards.