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Waterford Business of the Year!

Waterford Business of the Year!

Waterford Business of The Year 2017…. Ardkeen Quality Food Store

What a night at the Waterford Chamber of Commerce Business Awards! Honoured to be finalists in the Best in Retail category together with Cupcake Couture and Altitude, we attended the event last week with hope but no expectation.

With the aim of promoting and celebrating individuals and businesses who are making a valuable contribution to the economic life in Waterford City and County, a shortlist of thirty-three companies from all across Waterford were honoured on the night.

Organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm, the event took place on Friday, March 3rd at Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort.

Representing Ardkeen Quality Food Store was our General Manager, Val Lambe; Buyer, Christine Fowler; Assistant Manager, Deirdre Walsh; my brother Gerald and myself, we were all shocked and thrilled when Ardkeen was announced as a category winner.

Here’s a link to the full list of category winners which is well worth checking out, a list of top class, diverse, well managed organisations forging ahead in their own sector, all led from Waterford

The night culminated in The Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr. Adam Wyse announcing the coveted Overall Business of the Year title, which, to our utter surprise and delight was awarded to Ardkeen Quality Food Store!

Speaking on the night, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate Ardkeen Quality Food Store on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. It is great to see a family run business being recognised for all their hard work.”

This is such a meaningful award to us all at Ardkeen.  There were many top-class businesses in the room and the fact that the judging panel chose us is a great honour.  We compete in a sector that is dominated by Big; Big Businesses with Big Brands and Big Budgets that operate in Big Buildings!   We are not big so we try to do things Better.  We sell better food and we strive for better customer service.  Everyone who works at Ardkeen Quality Food Store strives to do things better and this award is a great boost to morale and recognition of their effort and commitment to the business.  The fact that we were selected by and from amongst our peers, friends and customers who know our business well is a very meaningful endorsement.

The custom designed Waterford Crystal Best in Retail trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Award custom design perpetual trophy are both now on proud display instore for our whole community to enjoy.

Our business is all about local.  We don’t just have a massive range of locally produced food but all our services and trades are local.  For the branches of big businesses, it comes from head office on a truck or by email.  We engage local people for design, advice, training, assistance and service and we rely on local people for maintenance, repair, fitting, fixing and servicing of a vast range of appliances and systems.  Our main focus is of course our Customers and they have grown to value our engagement with small local suppliers or great food and drink.  In our efforts to support and encourage small batch production, in 2015, we launched ardkeen.com – a portal to bring these artisan foods to a much broader audience. The website boasts the World’s Best Selection of Irish Artisan Food with a product listing of over 1500 items, and growing.

This is our 50th year in business, we have made it this far because our customers like and support what we do.  With continuing support and endorsement from our local community like this award, we will be here for another 50 at least! 

Go #TeamArdkeen #WBA17 View our video here.



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