COUNTY TIPPERARY BUSINESS AWARDS
BEST SME OF THE YEAR 2017
The County Tipperary Business Awards will award The Best SME of the Year award to an organisation, trading for more than 3 years, based in Tipperary County, that is striving to create world class products and services, setting the highest benchmarks and optimising opportunities in their market place.
To be eligible for the Best SME Award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 36 months in Tipperary. The following definition of SME applies and is as follows: "The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 75 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro” (altered from the standard definition to reflect SME activity in the County).
This category excludes retail, hospitality & tourism/business service providers/best food & agri/best sports, arts & culture. Please see the other award categories for these.
Judges will be looking at:
- Innovation: The winning business demonstrates how has the company embraced research, development and innovation to strengthen its competitiveness and grow its market share or into new markets
- Viability: This winning business demonstrates a significant growth opportunity in their sector/marketplace along with a clear mission, vision and strategy.
- Growth & Developments: Evidence of impressive performance and achievement in the last 12 months coupled with planning for growth and acting upon opportunity in the market
- Contribution to the Region: The winning business will have had a positive impact to the county in areas such as job creation, supporting the culture of collaboration and support with other businesses and organisations in the county, helping to attract new investment, have a culture that embraces corporate giving in their community.