National Pen Promotional Products Ltd., Dundalk, Co. Louth has won the Irish Exporters Association’s overall Exporter of the Year Award 2013 at a dinner at the Dublin  Convention Centre.  Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade was guest speaker at the ceremony and presented the awards.

Sector Category Winners

The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards are broken down into a number of key sector categories.  The winners in each category then go forward for the Exporter of the Year Award.  Following are the nominees and winners in each sector.

Emerging Exporter Award 2013.  This award, sponsored by the County and City Enterprise Boards, recognises exceptional performance by small Irish businesses in developing export activity.  The nominees for this category are: Advanced NDT Solutions of Athlone, and Tyrecheck of Ennis, Co. Clare, AND Seahorse Atlantic, Co. Cork.  The winner was Tyrecheck of Ennis, Co. Clare.

Multinational Exporter of the Year 2013.  This award, sponsored by Aer Lingus Cargo, recognises the exceptional performance of Multinational companies in contributing to Ireland’s impressive export performance.  The nominees were: McAfee, Cork; National Pen Promotional Products Ltd. of Dundalk, Co. Louth and Wellman International, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Cavan.  National Pen Promotional Products Ltd was the winner in this category and went on to become Exporter of the Year 2013.

Life Sciences Exporter Award 2013.  Life Sciences is a collective term to describe a sector which includes pharmaceutical, medical devices and allied sectors such as biopharmaceuticals and diagnostics.  The sector is the fastest growing sector of our exporting industry and Ireland currently has the distinction of being the largest exporter of life sciences products in the world. This award is sponsored by Kuehne & Nagel and the winner is EirGen Pharma, based in Waterford.

Services Exporter of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, recognises the efforts of Irish companies in securing and building new export markets in the international services sectors.  The nominees for this award were: Celtrak Ltd of Galway; Fexco, Killorglin, Co. Kerry; HWT Engineering, trading as Horizon of Westport, Co. Mayo; and the S3 Group of Dublin. The winner was Celtrak Ltd.

 Manufacturing Exporter of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, is presented in recognition of the achievements of manufacturing companies in securing and building new export markets.  The nominees for the Award were: BioTector Analytical Systems Ltd., Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork; Burnside Autocyl (Tullow) Ltd., Tullow, Co. Carlow and Irish Dog Foods of Naas, Co. Kildare.  The winner was BioTector Analytical Systems Ltd., Co. Cork.

Software Exporter Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, recognises the achievements of software companies in securing and building new export markets. The nominees were: Compliance and Risks of Little Island, Cork; Copperfasten Technologies of Salthill, Galway and Ezetop of Dublin.  The winner was Ezetop, Dublin.

Seafood Exporter of the Year 2013, sponsored by Bord Biá, recognises companies in the seafood sector that have made significant progress in securing and building export markets for Irish seafood.  The nominees for this category were: Glenmar Shellfish Ltd. of Union Hall, Co. Cork; Rockabill Shellfish Ltd., Dublin and Cork; and Sofrimar Ltd., Kilmore Quay, Wexford.  The winner was Rockabill Shellfish Ltd.

Food and Drink Exporter Award 2013, sponsored by Bord Biá, features mainly indigenous food and drink companies and is a sector that continues to grow in these troubled economic times. The nominees were: ABP Ireland, Ardee, Co. Louth; First Ireland Spirits, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois; Lily O’Briens, Newbridge, Co. Kildare and Mister Crumb, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.  The winner was Lily O’Briens.

Innovation Exporter of the Year Award 2013’, sponsored by AIB, is presented to companies that have made a significant innovative contribution to exporting resulting in a new technology, product or service, or a new use for an existing product. The nominees were: Dawn Farm Foods of Naas, Co. Kildare; Intel Ireland, Leixlip, Co. Kildare and McAfee, Mahon, Cork.  The winner was Intel Ireland.

Deep Sea’ Shipping Company of the Year Award is sponsored by the Port of Cork Company.  The nominees were: CMA-CGM Shipping Ireland Ltd., Dublin; Maersk Line, Dublin and International Maritime Agencies Ltd., Dublin. The winner was Maersk Line.

The Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award which recognises the strategically important role of short sea shipping to our island economy was sponsored by the Irish Exporters Association.  The nominees were: CLdN ro-ro SA Dublin; Eucon Shipping, Dublin and Stena Line, Dublin.  The winner was Eucon Shipping & Transport Ltd

Logistics Company of the Year Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour Commissioners recognises the importance of logistics and supply chain management companies to the exporting effort of firms trading internationally from Ireland.  The nominees were: DFDS Logistics, Geodis Logistics and Kuehne and Nagel Ireland Ltd. – all based in Dublin.  The winner was DFDS Logistics

Sustainable Exporter of the Year Award, sponsored by Rosslare Europort, identifies and highlights companies which have excelled in re-shaping their companies into sustainable role models for others starting on the road to sustainable production and services. The nominees were: Dawn Farm Foods, Naas, Co. Kildare; The Irish Dairy Board, Dublin Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd., Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. The winner was Dawn Farm Foods.

Sponsorship

The Irish Exporters Association gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of AIB, Aer Lingus Cargo, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Bord Biá, IIFA, County and City Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland, Kuehne & Nagel, the Port of Cork Company and Rosslare Europort.

Exporter of the Year 2018
Objective & Criteria:

An overall Exporter of the Year Award for 2018 will be chosen by the judging panel from our 11 category winners. The Award will be presented in recognition of the very best export achievement in what has become an ever more competitive
international marketplace.
-Export growth and profitability over the past two years
-Innovation, sustainability and excellence in any aspect of international trade
-Growth in percentage of export sales compared to total sales
-Extent to which value-added activities are carried on in Ireland
-Obstacles overcome in getting into international markets
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: KPMG
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise companies whose unique innovation has directly led to export success.
-Open to all companies which export goods or services developed in Ireland and where the specific innovation has been substantially developed in Ireland
-The company must be in business for two fiscal years
-The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
-The company must be able to clearly explain the nominated innovation and how it has directly led to additional success in international markets. The innovation can be related to a product, service, process or organisation. Evidence of originality, excellence and sustainability is also required
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through a minimum of three out of the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: Enterprise Ireland
Objective & Criteria:

For Enterprise Ireland Clients 

To identify an early stage exporting company which has surpassed its potential and is demonstrating success and commitment in one or more markets.
-Open to all companies which export goods or services developed in Ireland
-The company must be in business for at least one year
-The company must be between year 1 and year 5 of its initial export journey
-Judges will consider product innovation, process innovation, sustainability and excellence
-The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 10% of total turnover
-The company must be able to demonstrate its export strategy plan and campaign, including plans for the future and be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: GS1 Ireland
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance and continuous growth over five years of multinational
exporting companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors.
-Open to all multinational companies in all export sectors
-Company must have greater than 250 employees in Ireland and either an annual turnover greater than €100m or an annual balance sheet greater than €90m
-Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 50% of total turnover
-Judges will consider how each company has established and developed its sustainability policies, CSR initiatives and operational excellence
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its main contribution to the Irish economy and to highlight its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; provisions for change management; and organisational renewal & transformation; as well as generating sustainable employment in Ireland

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Medium Size Exporter of the Year
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional growth and performance of medium size exporting companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors.
-Open to all medium size companies in all export sectors
-Company must have between 50 employees and 250 employees in Ireland and either an annual turnover between €10m but not exceeding €100m or an annual balance sheet between €10m but not exceeding €90m
-Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 50% of total turnover
-Special consideration will be given to the percentage growth of exports out of Ireland over 3-5 years to emerging or high potential markets, the EU, US or UK
-The company must show the percentage growth in the last two years including turnover and employment
-Judges will consider how each company has established and developed its export success and further potential through: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; provisions for change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: Bord Bia
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the export achievement of companies in the food and drink sector and to encourage new product development and innovative packaging in the sector.

-Open to companies that produce and market products and who operate directly from Republic of Ireland. Products that have been imported or rebranded and repackaged are not eligible to enter

-Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years and the product must have been introduced to the industry or market within the last two years

-Nominee must have export sales of approximately 15% of total turnover

-The research and technology must have primarily taken place in the Republic of Ireland

-Entrants must be verified members of Origin Green

-Judges will consider sustainability, product innovation, process innovation and operational excellence

-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: Dixon International Logistics
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the achievements of companies in the life sciences sector which incorporates pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bio-pharmaceutical companies.
-Open to all exporting companies involved in the activities mentioned above
-Nominee must demonstrate strategy employed over 3-5 year period and any pioneering activities
-Nominee must be in business in Ireland for a minimum of two fiscal years
-Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 15% of total turnover and must clearly demonstrate export success
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by demonstrating current and future strategy, highlighting its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation, growth and export success; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsor: Trinity College Dublin
Objective & Criteria:

To identify and highlight companies who have excelled at selling services overseas. Open to all exporters of services including, but not exclusive to legal, professional, financial, leasing, HR and recruitment.
-The service must primarily take place in Ireland
-The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base / subsidiary
-The company must be in business for two fiscal years.
-The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Logistics & Supply Chain Company of the Year
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the outstanding achievement of a company in supporting the growth of Irish exports in the area of logistics and supply chain management.
-Open to all third party logistic providers, integrators and freight transport companies
-The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base or subsidiary
-The company must be in business for two fiscal years
-The company must demonstrate exceptional performance in supporting the export industry
-Special attention will be paid to systems or processes employed
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through a minimum of three out of the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Technology Exporter of the Year
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the achievements of companies in or contributing to the technology sector which incorporates software, web design & development, digital marketing and e-commerce in securing and building new export markets in this sector.
-Open to all technology services primarily supplied from Ireland
-Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years
-Nominee must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
-The company must be able to demonstrate proven track record from the last 3-5 years
-The company can have operations conducted abroad where this is part of their delivery of services from Ireland
-The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and potential through a minimum of three out of the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation

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Sponsorship Available
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise companies which are successfully investing in their people while securing and developing a footprint in international markets.

  • Open to all categories who export goods or services developed in Ireland
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years
  • The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
  • The company must be able to demonstrate that they are a leader in job retention, and sustainable growth in jobs, notable training and development opportunities, equal opportunities employer and work life balance
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Sponsor: Facebook
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance of micro, small and emerging companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors who are demonstrating early stage exporting potential.
-Open to all micro, small and emerging size businesses operating in Ireland in all sectors, including first time exporters
-Company must have less than 50 employees and have an annual turnover and / or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €10m
-Nominee must be in business for at least one fiscal year and have filed its first year’s accounts
-Nominee company must have export potential and identified export sales to one or more international markets
-Special attention will be paid to export strategy, in particular marketing and tackling challenges with introducing new products or services to different markets
-The company should be able to provide evidence of success and further potential across the following pillars: innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; and sustainability

 

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