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 from running your own business. There are so many amazing stories of
business people going above an beyond to help their staff, their community and fellow businesses and we’re putting together an event that will bring attention to this. We don’t think other awards shows
are doing this.
The event itself
The event is relaxed and informal and so there will not be a sit down dinner and it will not be black tie. Finger food will be provided at the beginning and end of the ceremony. It is hoped there will be
plenty of time for networking. Rick O’Shea is the MC. This may be the only night out for us SMEs so it needs to be valuable from a contacts and an unwinding point of view.
A pre-event networking workshop is envisaged for either finalists or those checking in early and we will have a B2B sales workshop and eCommerce workshop. A post-event (one month down the line) Winners’ Lunch could be organised too.
Here are the list of categories you can enter:
Family Run Business
Under 30s Business
Retailer (With mostly offline focus)
Online Retailer (Irish Market)
Online Retailer (Export)
Food and Drink – Micro to Small SME
Food and Drink – Medium SME
Customer Focus / Engagement
Community Minded Company
Company Transformation using IT
New Product / Service from an SME
B2B SME Growth
Enter the awards at www.SMEAwards.ie/nominations
Nominations close on Valentine’s Day – February 14th 2015