At a recent awards ceremony in Galway city centre Love Connemara was awarded the 2017 Overall JCI Galway Friendly Business Award (Galway West).
The business was also awarded a National Nominee of Galway Awards 2017 which was awarded to businesses that scored the highest in the awards and they go forward to National Awards Public Vote in September. Awards on the night covered Galway City and County in the areas of customer care, disability awareness, digital online experience, eco-friendliness, retail design and community impact.
Awards were presented on the night by President of JCI Galway – Dominick Whelan who spoke of the value excellent customer service and overall friendliness has on business and how Galway has a real competitive advanctage in its friendliness.
About Love Connemara
Love Connemara is a destination marketing company located in Connemara that serves as the definitive guide to Connemara. They provide an online visitor portal www.loveconnemara.com but have boots on the ground with their Visitor Information Centre on Market Street Clifden which welcomes visitors to Connemara all year long.
Other award winners on the night from the Connemara area were:
- Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning Park – (Eco-Friendliness) http://www.actonsbeachsidecamping.com/
- King’s Paper and Gift Shop – (Customer Care) http://kingspapershop.com/
- Connemara Therapeutic Riding (Disability Awareness impact) http://www.connemaratherapeuticriding.com/
- Kavanagh’s SuperValu Clifden – (Community Impact) – http://www.kavanaghgroup.ie/locations/clifden.104.html
About the Awards
These awards are run first at a local level. With the help of Bank of Ireland this is the first year the JCI Awards expanded out of the city into the county and the judges made secret visits to all of the entrants. In Galway (Galway West and Galway City) the awards were presented at ‘Startlab’ – Eyre Square on 11th of September 2017 by JCI Galway. The major award categories are Community Impact, Customer Care, Digital Experience, Disability Access, Eco-Friendliness and Shop Layout and Design. Each JCI Branch (including Galway) puts forward a short list of local winners to be considered for JCI Ireland National Friendly Business Awards, which will take place at the JCI Ireland National Convention. There is a Public Vote & a judging panel for the National Friendly Business Awards. The National Awards Ceremony takes place during the National JCI Ireland Conference from the 13th to the 15th of October 2017. This year the conference will be hosted by JCI Cork.