SME Awards 2015

SME Awards 2015

We are fans of business, in particular SME’s and thought we’d help spread the word about the SME Awards 2015.

Here’s the detail:

The SME Awards are an informal national business awards ceremony that will take place on April 25th in the Radisson Hotel, Cork. The Awards are modelled on the Web Awards and the Social Media Awards, two very successful awards shows run yearly by Mulley Communications.

The SME Awards differ from other awards as:

FREE – Any SME can enter the awards without paying a fee.

The public are involved in judging as are your peers.

Sponsors can’t be nominated in any category and can’t influence judging.

The costs to come along to the ceremony are not prohibitive and tuxes are not required. €50 early bird tickets but you can still win if you don’t attend.

They’re informal and fun.

Is it not another awards show in a sea of hundreds more?

Not really. We ourselves are a small business and we work with SMEs daily. We know the stresses, the joys and the high you can get …

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