BY DECLAN VARLEY
Do you feel your company or charity is the best in your business in Galway? Sure you do, but do you feel that there is never an opportunity for your customers to show just how much they appreciate your fare? Maybe you did, but not any more because the Best Of Galway awards are the answer to your prayers.
Launch of the Best of Galway Awards ( l-r) Donal Healy marketing manager Ireland West Airport Knock, Maire McCarthy sales manager Galway Advertiser Newspaper, Joe Hynes financial director Galway Advertiser Newspaper and Declan Varley group editor of the Galway Advertiser Newspaper. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy
As part of the Galway Advertiser's ongoing campaign to encourage people to appreciate the range of retail excellence that exists in our community, The Best of Galway Awards give your business the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, as voted for by the people whose opinions matter the most - your customers.
Now, another long-established west of Ireland organisation has joined forces with the Advertiser to celebrate the Best of Galway. For 47 years, the Galway Advertiser has been connecting readers with businesses in Galway. For over 30 years, Ireland West Airport has been connecting visitors with this region, bringing together families and business contacts and tourists.
The Galway Advertiser prides itself on promoting the essence of Galwayness — that feeling you experience when you work or study or visit Galway. Ireland West Airport Knock helps tens of thousands of people annually experience this Galwayness with their ever increasing range of flights into and out of the region. So it is a perfect partnership of two established bodies promoting the best of the west.
As a result, the overall winner this year will also win a holiday to Faro, Portugal for two people from Ireland West Airport Knock worth €2,000 (includes flights, transfers and seven nights self-catering accommodation)
Last year's awards were extremely successful, with tens of thousands of people taking the opportunity to vote for local businesses across a variety of categories.
The Best of Galway Awards allow your business to be showcased to your community and allows the general public (your customers ), to vote for their favourite businesses and in the process to tell everyone else about why they love your business, your service, your staff.
So if you are a business in the city or county and would like to put yourself in the running for a coveted Best of Galway award, you can register from today on www.bestofgalway.com
The deadline for registering your business on line is midnight on Sunday February 19.
Then a few days later on Tuesday February 21, the public will be invited to vote online for their favourite businesses, so make sure you do not disappoint your customers. Imagine, if they go online to vote for you and find you are not there.
Voting from the general public begins on Tuesday February 21 and ends at midnight on Wednesday 22nd March. If you are not in, you can't win. For further information email email@example.com
All businesses which register can download the "Vote for Us" poster on www.bestofgalway.com website. On request, posters can be sent out for you to place in your business premises to show the public that you are participating and to encourage your customers to vote.
A marketing campaign will appear in the Galway Advertiser and on our successful social media platforms to encourage people to vote for their favourite business, so you can benefit from the momentum that will be created about your business.
Winners will be announced at a special lunchtime awards ceremony on Thursday April 6, where the top three finalists of each category will attend, and the winner in each category will be announced at the ceremony, not forgetting the overall winner.
If you want your business or charity to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award of Best of Galway Business 2017 in your chosen category, register your business now.
The deadline for registering your business in the competition is midnight on Sunday 19th February 2017 FREE OF CHARGE. If you wish to be registered after this date please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 091 530932.
Ask your customers to vote for you from Tuesday 21st February 2017 - voting ends midnight on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
We will publicise the shortlisted companies in the Galway Advertiser newspaper.
Winners to be announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony on Thursday 6th April 2017.
If you have any queries regarding the competition please email Penny on email@example.com
The Best of Galway Categories are:
If you have any queries regarding the compeition please email Penny on firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on The Best of Galway facebook. I have attached the "Vote for Us" poster to send to all your customers.