Entry to the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is now closed. You can read the judging schedule here.
Do you live and work in Ireland’s most enterprising town? Are you helping your community to thrive? The search is on for the most enterprising towns in Ireland.
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is designed to recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. For full details of the prize money and award categories, please read this. The total prize fund is €157,000. The overall winner will receive a cash prize totalling €33,000.
Can city areas also enter?
Yes. City villages and urban areas can also participate. Every city has urban areas and villages that operate as a town in their own right and have distinct identities. The definition of a town for these awards includes city villages and urban areas.
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.
Please note that a Rising Star submission can only be made for a town that is being nominated for the main competition.
When will judging start?
The judging panel will visit your town and judging starts from August 13, 2018.
The competition is held in collaboration with local authorities across Ireland. A maximum of four entries per county or city council area can be received by the organisers.
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 delighted 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.