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The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG have been launched for 2021, with this year’s awards ceremony set to be held in the Dublin Convention Centre on 17 February 2022.

The awards which are in their 47th year, seek to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish and International business with five categories across the programme including:

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

Speaking at the launch of the 2021 awards, KPMG Managing Partner Seamus Hand said :

“It has been really amazing to witness the resilience and determination but also the innovation and ambition of so many Irish based companies that, notwithstanding a challenging environment, have enjoyed tremendous success over the course of the last 18 months. At KPMG we admire these companies, their teams and the leaders that drive them and are privileged to be associated with these awards that recognise their achievements. We look forward to being able to celebrate all of these stories of success and send our best wishes to each of the awards participants.”

Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, welcomed the launch of the Business & Finance Awards Programme, saying:

"The 2021 Business & Finance Awards Programme will embrace and reflect the dynamic global market in which Irish businesses operate, particularly in a post COVID World. This year's awards will follow and recognise outstanding entrepreneurs, business leaders and leadership teams on their journey into what is now a new normal for business."

Business & Finance Awards

Business & Finance was launched in 1964 as Ireland’s first business magazine with the Awards programme established a decade later. The Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG is Ireland’s premier business awards programme and includes among its previous honorees outstanding leaders of our time across business, politics and wider society. This includes former United States President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former ECB President Mario Draghi, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, and Sir Bob Geldof, among others.


Nominations for this year’s Awards Programme are now open until Autumn 2021. Nominations are chosen as part of the Business & Finance monthly acknowledgements of Company of the Month, Business Person of the Month and FDI of the Month as well as nominations from our judging panel. If you wish to submit a nomination you may do so here.

Click here for more information on the 47th annual Business & Finance Awards.

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2020 Business & Finance Awards

The 2020 Business & Finance Awards Programme, in association with KPMG, took place virtually for the first time in their 46-year history in February 2021. Hosted by Business & Finance Media Group’s Managing Editor, Sarah Freeman, awards were presented in five categories - Business Person of the Year, Company of the Year, the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award, FDI of the Year Award, and the Elevation Award – all recognising excellence and outstanding achievement in Irish business in challenging times.

Speaking about our support for the awards in his address to virtual attendees, KPMG’s Managing Partner, Seamus Hand said: “Congratulations to all of the winners of the Business & Finance Awards in association with KPMG. In what has been a challenging time for so many, the calibre of those shortlisted in every category has been very impressive.”

2020 award winners

  • Company of the Year: An Post
  • Business Person of the Year: Tommy Kelly, CEO of eShopWorld
  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award: Vodafone Ireland
  • FDI of the Year in association with IDA Ireland: Sky Ireland
  • Elevation Award in association with Enterprise Ireland: Aerogen
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