The first six Kerry businesses presented in March with a Kerry Business Award in recognition of their achievements and contribution to business in Kerry were:

Retail: Seamus Weldon (Gortnavogue Ltd)

Food: Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant

Services: Bon Secours Hospital

Technology/Manufacturing/Innovation: Smart Storage/John Griffin Carpentry

Health/Beauty/Fashion: Monson Jewellery

Tourism & Hospitality: Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Tralee

Padraig Weldon, John Griffin, David Monson, Paul Byrne, Donna Roche, Miriam Ferriter, Brian Keary

In April, the second group of winners were presented with awards for the month of March:

Retail: The Sanctuary Spa and Sanctuary Beauty Academy

Food: Harty’s Food

Services: Quirke Security

Technology/Manufacturing/Innovation: Smart Storage/John Griffin Carpentry

Health/Beauty/Fashion: Monson Jewellery

Tourism & Hospitality: Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Tralee

Business Awards

The businesses are profiled by Anna Curtin on In Business on Radio Kerry Thursday evenings 6 to 7pm.

Speaking at the presentations of the monthly awards Radio Kerry Chief Executive Paul Byrne said that he was delighted at the response to the Awards.  “It is very encouraging to see the diversity of business operating in Kerry as well as the achievements and determination of those who have entered” he said, adding that “everyone doing business in these challenging times deserves to be rewarded and Radio Kerry is very happy to be in a position to profile at least a selection of what is happening in the county”.

Over 80 entries have been received to date.  Submissions are eligible for all months and information can be updated during the year if required.  Anyone in business in Kerry who wishes to enter may do so on line at

Submissions should focus on why you feel your business should be chosen as the winner in your category. Details to consider including are : number of years in business, employment, contribution to business in Kerry in particular in relation to the economy, professional service etc, notable achievements, development plans, other awards, new initiatives or innovations and any other points you feel worthy of note in relation to your business. Judges deliberations will be held mid month.