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William Cahir President Ennis Chamber of Commerce, Louis Fay General Manager St Francis Credit Union (overall winner) and Mike Byrne MD of Acton BV. Photo: Mike Mulcaire

St Francis Credit Union come out on top at FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards

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THERE were major celebrations in Ennis over the weekend as St Francis Credit Union were crowned Overall Winners at the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards.

St Francis Credit Union General Manager Louis Fay was delighted to accept the award for Customer Service Excellence and said he was bowled over when St Francis Credit Union Ennis was announced Overall Winner.

He thanked his hard-working team, who had greatly impressed the independent judging panel.

Organised by Ennis Chamber of Commerce, the awards had 28 finalists vying for a title across 10 different categories.

Michael and Maria Vaughan of Vaughan Lodge Lahinch accept award for Best Place to Eat in Clare from William Cahir President of Ennis Chamber
Michael and Maria Vaughan of Vaughan Lodge Lahinch accept award for Best Place to Eat in Clare from William Cahir President of Ennis Chamber

President of Ennis Chamber William Cahir commented: “We were delighted with the quality and quantity of entries to this year’s FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards, choosing the overall winner wasn’t easy.

“However, given that St Francis Credit Union scored an astonishing 95 out of 100 in their tough Customer Service Excellence category the highest score registered by any of our finalists, they left judges in no doubt that they are the deserving FBD Clare Business Excellence Overall Winners 2017”.

St Francis Credit Union scooped a fantastic prize with a value of €11,000 Euro, comprised of web development and e-marketing solutions from Acton BV, taxation consultancy from Cahill Taxation, legal consultancy from Cahir & Co and HR consultancy from Elaine Ryan HR.

Other winners included the Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point, who won the Clare Best Hospitality Award, Gleeson Goldsmith’s, Shannon who took home the Clare Retailer of the Year Award and the Best Start-Up Award went to West Coast Marine & Manufacturing Ltd, Kilrush.

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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