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Categories & Sponsors

One new category this year: Best B2C Company of the Year!

Export Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by KPMG

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, 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Services Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

To identify and highlight companies who have excelled at exporting services

  • Open but not exclusive to the following sectors: technology, legal, advisory, professional, financial services provider, leasing, HR and recruitment businesses.
  • The service must primarily take place in/be provided out of Ireland. The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base/ subsidiary. The company can have operations conducted abroad where this is part of their delivery of services from Ireland.
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years, currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 15% of total turnover. Special attention will be paid to the ability to open and penetrate new export markets
  • 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Food & Drink Exporter of the Year

For Origin Green certified only

Sponsored by Bord Bia

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
  • Nominees must be in business for two fiscal years and the product must have been introduced to the industry or market within the last 5 years
  • Nominees must have export sales of approximately 15% of their total turnover
  • The research and technology must have primarily taken place in the Republic of Ireland
  • 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Life Sciences Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by Dixon 

To recognise the achievements of companies in the life sciences sector including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bio-pharmaceutical companies.

  • Open to all exporting companies involved in the activities mentioned above
  • Nominees must be in business in Ireland for a minimum of two fiscal years
  • Nominees must demonstrate strategy employed over 3-5-year period and any pioneering activities
  • Nominees 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Multinational Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by GS1 Ireland

To distinguish the exceptional performance and continuous growth over five years of multinational exporting companies either in the services or in 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 company must be exporting and have export sales of at least 50% of total turnover
  • Judges will consider how each company has established 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

High Potential Exporter Award

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 and must be between year 1 and year 5 of its initial export journey
  • The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 10% total turnover
  • Judges will consider product innovation, process innovation, sustainability and excellence
  • 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Medium Size Exporter of the Year

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. The 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
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Small and Emerging Exporter of the Year

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

Private Irish Business of the year

To distinguish the exceptional performance and continuous growth of Irish privately and family owned businesses either in the services or manufacturing sectors.

  • Open to all Irish privately and family owned businesses operating in Ireland with an Irish base/subsidiary
  • The company must be in business for at least 15 fiscal years
  • The company must be able to demonstrate how their business has overcome market challenges, built long term stable relationships with their customers and can demonstrate an innovative sustainability and growth strategy
  • Special attention will be paid to business processes, process innovation, operational excellence, succession planning, governance and management, diversity, values, job creation and active participation in their local community
  • Judges will consider how each company has established and developed its success; strategic development & execution; provisions for change management; organisational renewal & transformation; and long-term management and governance development of the founders and/or their successors.
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Financial Services Partner of the Year

To meet the criteria for consideration for this award the bank, insurance company, financial institution or non-bank financial services provider must be able to demonstrate how their services have supported Irish based trading companies in exporting abroad.

  • The Financial service provider must operate in Ireland, and have an Irish base/subsidiary and be in business for three fiscal years
  • Open to all companies that provide financial services, including but not exclusively financial institutions, banks, insurance providers, Insuretech companies, Fintech companies and payment service providers.
  • The Financial service provider must have introduced a customer-focused finance related solution to an individual export company, export sector or to the export industry in Ireland in the last two years. The solution can be related to a product, service or process.
  • The Financial service provider must be able to clearly explain the nominated solution and how it has directly led to the export company, sector or the export industry’s success.
  • Judges will consider innovation across at least two of the following areas: measures taken on currency and international payments, trade finance, cash-flow management, IPOs, equity raisings, restructuring, risk management, CSR, dynamic emerging technologies and digital products, business model and adaptation strategies.
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Logistics & Supply Chain Company of the Year

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, freight transport companies, airlines and maritime services companies
  • The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base or subsidiary
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years and have launched a new product/service/initiative to the industry in the last two years
  • The company must demonstrate exceptional performance in supporting the export industry and a strong customer focus
  • 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: customer solutions; adaptability to external factors; innovation & growth focus; strategic development & execution; managing its strategic finance; change management; and organisational renewal & transformation.
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

Best B2C Company of the Year

To recognise companies whose unique business model and consumer focus has led directly to its own export success.

  • Open to all small and micro enterprises which export goods or services directly to consumers* and where the exported service or good has been developed in Ireland
  • The company must be in business for at least one fiscal year, currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 10% of total turnover
  • The company must be able to clearly explain their digital marketing strategy, how it has directly led to success in international markets.
  • The company should demonstrate how it has exploited initial export success to grow an overseas consumer customer base
  • The company should be able to differentiate itself by highlighting its export success and further potential through some of the following pillars: marketing strategy; customer service; export market penetration & growth rate; and innovation.
  • The company should demonstrate one key positive step it has taken with regard to sustainable trade either internally or with their value & supply chains

 *a person that purchases goods and services for personal use

Exporter of the Year 2020

  • An overall Exporter of the Year Award for 2020 will be chosen by the judging panel from our 12 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