2016 has been a strange and surprising year in many ways, but it’s nearly time to look ahead to 2017. It’s time, once again, to announce The Blacknight SME Awards!
Nominations have opened – click here to read about the 17 categories and submit your entry! Nominations are sponsored by Blacknight – so you don’t have to pay to play. Nominations close on 4 January, so do it now before the Christmas rush!
This year we’re delighted to be returning to the Radisson SAS in Cork city. We’ll be working with Mulley Communications as before, and Rick O’Shea will be the MC.
We’ve just issued a press release with all the details:
Nominations Open for Blacknight SME Awards 2017
Awards Aim to Celebrate the ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Irish SMEs
30 NOVEMBER 2016, CARLOW, IRELAND
Nominations have opened for The Blacknight SME Awards 2017, to be held in Cork on 4 February. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of “the ordinary SME, whose work is vital to their customers, communities, employees and owners”, explained Michele Neylon, CEO of Blacknight, the Irish domain names and web hosting company which is the headline sponsor of the awards. Nominations are free, thanks to Blacknight’s sponsorship, and the closing date is 4 January 2017.
Details have been announced for the Blacknight SME Awards 2017, and nominations are now open for the event which takes place in Cork on 4 February 2017.
It’s the third year of the Awards, and the organisers have promised an enjoyable evening of entertainment and celebration of Irish SMEs and their successes.
“These are the awards for the ordinary SME: the small or medium company which may not hit the glamorous headlines, but whose work is vital to their customers, communities, employees and owners”, explained Michele Neylon, CEO of Blacknight, the Irish domain names and web hosting company which is the headline sponsor of the awards.
“These are companies just like us, essentially”, he continued. “Blacknight might appear boring to some people, but we’re absolutely crucial for the customers who trust us with their websites, email and online reputations. We’re certified to ISO 27001 for information systems management. That makes our customers happy – but it won’t make the cover of VIP magazine. The idea of The Blacknight SME Awards is to bring a bit of glamour and celebration to the everyday hard work of Irish SMEs”
Awards organiser Damien Mulley agrees. “SMEs are the unsung heroes of the economy”, he says. “They employ way more than the Googles and the Facebooks, don’t get the press and pay a lot more tax.”
As with previous years, the awards ceremony will be held in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Cork. “Not everything has to be in Dublin”, says Mulley, “and we find the Dublin people enjoy getting away for the night. In fact: that’s why we hold the awards on a Saturday. We know that SME people don’t always have time for a weeknight event.”
The awards ceremony will be hosted by RTÉ presenter Rick O’Shea, and there are 17 categories in total:
- 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
- Customer Focus / Engagement
- New Business – Non Digital
- New Business – Services
- New Business – Digital
- Community Minded Company
- Environmentally Minded
- Company Transformation
- B2B SME
- New Product / Service from an SME
- SME Website (Non eCommerce)
- SME Social Media (In-house)
Nominations are free, thanks to Blacknight’s sponsorship, and will remain open until 4 January 2017. For more information, visit www.smeawards.ie.