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2020 Business & Finance awards

Virtual awards taking place on February 25th 2021

Virtual awards taking place on February 25th 2021

The 2020 Business & Finance Awards Programme, in association with KPMG, has opened nominations for several prestigious awards which honour and celebrate the very best in Irish and International business. This is the 46th year of the annual awards and a virtual awards ceremony will take place on 25 February 2021 with contributions from Irish and International business, political and social leaders.

Speaking at the launch of the 2020 Business & Finance Awards Programme, Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland said: “The Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG, recognises great leaders, outstanding business people and high performing organisations. The past year has been incredibly challenging, and the resilience of Irish business leaders has been remarkable and is to be commended. We’re very proud to be associated once again with these awards.” 

Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, welcomed the launch of the Business & Finance Awards Programme, saying: “I’m delighted to continue the tradition of honouring the business leaders across the country and to celebrate the perseverance and innovation of the business community.”

Award categories

  • Company of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Elevation Award in association with Enterprise Ireland
  • FDI of the Year
  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award

Now in its second year, the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award recognises a company with Irish operations that is at the forefront of improving the lives of its employees, while also enhancing the civic environment in which they operate.

The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award will be awarded to a company that can demonstrate a holistic and long-term commitment to Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (D,E&I) within its culture. The company must be able to highlight its DE&I strategy and how it has positively impacted on its business. Judges will be looking at aspects such as the leadership’s commitment to diversity (e.g. appointing a Chief Diversity / Equality Officer), representation of diversity at all levels of the organisation, equal access to opportunity, fair treatment practices, and diversity education and training.

Bank of Ireland were the inaugural recipients of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award, for publicly committing to equal gender representation, through a comprehensive range of initiatives, establishing a multi-cultural network that actively celebrates the diversity of ethnicities in the group, supporting colleagues with physical or mental health challenges, and for their Pride LGBT+ network which has  introduced new policies such as ‘Gender Identity and Transitioning at Work’ and all-gender inclusive language.

For more information on the 46th annual Business & Finance Awards see www.businessandfinanceawards.com

Company of the Month

Business & Finance, in association with KPMG, recognises excellence in business through the ‘Company of the Month’ award. The Company of the Month award recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.

  • December 2019: UDG Healthcare
  • January 2020: Boylesports
  • February 2020: Grafton Group
  • March 2020: An Post
  • April 2020: ICON PLC
  • May 2020: First Derivatives
  • June 2020: Intercom
  • July 2020: CPL Resources
  • August 2020: Ornua
  • September 2020: CRH
  • October 2020: Norbrook Group
  • November 2020: Diaceutics
  • December 2020: Valeo Foods

Business Person of the Month

Business & Finance rewards excellence in business through the ‘Business Person of the Month’ award in association with KPMG. This award seeks to recognise noteworthy achievements in business leadership, and particularly those that make a telling contribution to the wider business community in Ireland.

  • December 2019: Pat McDonagh (SuperMacs)
  • January 2020: Catriona Hallahan (MD Microsoft Ireland)
  • February 2020: Fiona Muldoon (FBD)
  • March 2020: Harry Hughes (CEO Portwest)
  • April 2020: Peter Keeling (CEO Diaceutics)
  • May 2020: Mark Turley (Founder ClonBio)
  • June 2020: Tommy Kelly (Founder CEO eShopWorld)
  • July 2020: Joe Hogan (Founder CTO Opennet)
  • August 2020: Margaret Sweeney (CEO Ires Reit)
  • September 2020: Conor McCarthy (Dublin Aerospace)
  • October 2020: Cathal Friel (Open Orphan)
  • November 2020: Brendan McAtamney (CEO UDG Healthcare)
  • December 2020: Eric Mosley (CEO Workhuman)

Deal of the Month

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2019 Business & Finance Awards

Business Person of the Year: Anne O’Leary, Vodafone Ireland
Pictured at the 2019 Business & Finance Awards are Ian Hyland, Business & Finance Media; Business Person of the Year award winner Anne O'Leary, CEO of Vodafone and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland.

Ian Hyland, Business & Finance Media; Business Person of the Year award winner Anne O'Leary, CEO of Vodafone and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland

Company of the Year: Dalata Hotel Group
Pat McCann of Dalata Hotel Group

Ian Hyland of Business and Finance, Pat McCann of the Dalata Hotel Group and KPMG’s Seamus Hand

MC and broadcaster Claire Byrne.

MC and broadcaster Claire Byrne

Pictured at the 2019 Business & Finance Awards are Ian Hyland, Business & Finance Media; Paschal Donohue T.D., Minister for Finance; Mario Draghi, former President of the European Central Bank and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland.

Ian Hyland, Business & Finance Media; Paschal Donohue T.D., Minister for Finance; Mario Draghi, former President of the European Central Bank and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland

David Puttnam

TK Whitaker Award winner Lord David Puttnam CBE

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