The inaugural Irish Times Business Awards in Association with KPMG are to take place at a gala event in the Mansion House in Dublin on Wednesday May 9. The awards acknowledge outstanding achievement among Irish businesses, and executives leading multinational companies in Ireland.
The awards span a number of categories including Deal of the Year, CFO, Company of the Year, Business Person of the Year (the overall winner from the 11 monthly winners) & Distinguished Leader in Business.
The winner of The Business Person of the Year will be selected from the recipients of the Irish Times Business Person of the Month award, which launched in May 2017 in association with KPMG.
Speaking at the awards launch, Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner of KPMG said; “These awards will help to highlight great success stories and role models in every sector of the economy. We hope that our investment in the awards helps promote great examples of Irish enterprise and encourages and motivates others to build, grow and transform their businesses.”
“Our inaugural Business Awards in May will bring together business leaders and senior figures from across Ireland to recognise excellence and achievement across a number of categories. It promises to be an exciting evening,” said Irish Times business editor Ciarán Hancock.
Commenting on the series of monthly winners already announced, Shaun Murphy said “It has been incredibly interesting to see the drivers of success in the winners. The geographical spread of the monthly winners, the wide range of sectors featured, the innovation, drive and determination of those involved – they all contribute to what I’m sure will culminate in an exceptional awards programme event in May.”
The monthly winners represent a wide variety of companies at various stages of development. Reflecting on the attributes required of business leaders in general, Shaun Murphy notes the importance of having the right people on board; “Singling out any one attribute is challenging, but I believe that the ability to choose the right team is critical – CEOs generally recognise that they can’t and don’t know everything. So the ability to pick the right experience and expertise, both on your team and amongst your external advisers, is incredibly important”
Inevitably, business leaders and their teams are working on a wide range of challenges. Shaun Murphy highlights both the wider environment and just some of the issues on the agenda in 2018; “A great strength of Irish business leaders is that they’re very ambitious for their businesses and they’ve proven themselves be highly global in their outlook.” According to Murphy; “One recurring challenge is that of the risk and potential of disruption brought about by technology - and we’re working with many business leaders and their teams on robotic processing, AI, blockchain and other disruptive technologies. Of course, issues such as Brexit and US tax reform are also concerns and we’re having discussions with businesses across the whole island on these issues.”