Local chambers shortlisted in Chambers Ireland Awards

Sean Golden, Interim Chamber CEO, and Chamber president Noel Galvin. Photo: Shauna Kennedy.

TWO local Chambers of Commerce have been shortlisted for a number of categories at this year’s Chambers Ireland awards.

Limerick Chamber was shortlisted for a top honour in the annual awards.

The local chamber was shortlisted in the Lobbying and Policy Campaign category for its Better Regions Initiative.

The initiative aims to highlight issues that businesses in the Mid West face, and to craft solutions for these problems for now and the future.

Reacting to the nomination, Chamber chief economist Seán Golden said that “we are delighted to get nominated for our lobbying and policy work for the third year in a row.”

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“It is one of the unique value propositions of the Chamber that we can offer this resource to members. We are one of three Chambers nationally that have a full-time policy resource,” Mr Golden said.

He continued: “We are nominated for the Better Regions Initiative, which is an economic think tank initiative brought forward by the Chamber to look at the key issues across the Mid-West and bring forward tangible and realistic recommendations.”

Shannon Chamber was also shortlisted for a number of categories in the awards.

In the Sustainability and Biodiversity category, Shannon Chamber was shortlisted for its Mid West Sustainability Week, as well as in the Event of the Year category for its Maintaining Lean Momentum: Mid-West Lean Network Conference 2023.

Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes.

Shannon Chamber was also shortlisted in the Local Authority Engagement category for its Expanded Engagement with Clare County Council project.

A spokesperson said that Shannon Chamber was “delighted” to be shortlisted in three categories.

Chamber CEO Helen Downes said “it is very rewarding when the work that goes into organising initiatives of this nature is recognised.”

“It’s not about us as Chamber executives; it’s about what we do, why we do it and the results we achieve.”

She added that Shannon Chamber’s “engagement with Clare County Council has resulted in an inclusive, cohesive approach to meeting the objectives of both organisations – the betterment of Shannon. It has enabled us, and our members, to proactively contribute to the planning and delivery of key infrastructural projects for Shannon.”

“Our team works tirelessly to ensure that our activities deliver value and remain relevant to our membership, and we are now looking forward to attending The Chamber Awards on Thursday, June 6 in the Killashee Hotel, County Kildare.”