Pictured (L-R) John Burke, Stephen Kerin, Geri O’Donoghue, Alan Pyne, Michael Fitzpatrick, Colin Ryan, President Ennis Chamber, Liam Conneally, Clare County Council, Caroline O’Connor and Ethan Kerin. Pic Arthur Ellis.

The final of Clare Business Excellence Awards, hosted by Ennis Chamber took place at glόr last night (November 24), Ennis-based CSGL Electrical Wholesalers, founded in 2011, were the big winners on the night, with a trio of awards. CSGL won ‘Best Micro Business’ and ‘Business Supporting Community, and from there went on to scoop the overall award for ‘Clare Business of the Year’.

This was the 12th year Clare Business Excellence Awards took place and the independent judges said the standard was back to pre-Covid days, with excellent submissions and tight competition across all categories.

Clare County Council is the awards main sponsor and supporter. Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ann Norton congratulated the finalists and winners on the resilience they have shown to survive recent challenges including those brought about by Covid-19, and she wished them well as they face new challenges because of the war in Ukraine.

Commenting on the results, Ennis Chamber President Colin Ryan said, “This year’s Clare Business Awards Gala was a great night of celebration and optimism. The finalists represented the best qualities you find in Clare businesses; commitment, drive, an openness to new opportunities and a commitment to training.”

Winners on the night included, EI Electronics, Temple Gate Hotel, Caherconnell Stone Fort, Oar Restaurant, Eva’s Café, Seoidin, Torpey, Clare Drains Environmental, Shannon Springs Hotel, O’Connor’s Bakery, Cliffs of Moher Experience, Sweet N Green café and Cuimhneamh an Chláir.

Summing up what impressed most about the overall winner, CSGL Electrical Wholesalers, the judges said, “CSGL has a clearly defined growth strategy which embraces customer satisfaction at its core. The company has developed robust best practice systems and procedures to ensure a quality product and it is exceptionally well-managed.”

Commenting on her company’s win, Caroline O’Connor said, “Winning two individual awards was a fantastic achievement for CSGL, to then be announced as ‘Clare Business of the Year’ topped off an already successful and thrilling occasion for us. We work as a team and these three awards underpin the commitment from each member of our team. It is a group effort.”

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