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About the Awards and Alumni Programme

The Export Industry Awards are organised by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) to recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry.

Companies can now enter from 11 Categories and be in with a chance to be selected as the 2016 Exporter of the Year. All winners will be announced at an annual Gala Dinner on Friday, 25th November at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

The awards will acclaim all export industry sectors recognising emerging exporters as well as established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods and services, and onward to the big hitting multinational exporters. There will be an opportunity for companies trading successfully in tough European markets and for those companies trading in high growth markets. Entrants may range from small start-up companies to large international corporations depending on the category.

Companies are welcome to enter more than one category. The overall Exporter of the Year 2016 will be selected from the winners of the individual categories.

Designed in conjunction with KPMG and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, the new Alumni Programme will be open to past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners. The alumni programme will include workshops and a masterclass covering strategic development and execution, strategic finance, innovation and growth, change management, organisational renewal and transformation, and more.

Judging Criteria

There are 11 categories which companies can enter. The overall Exporter of the Year 2016 will be selected from the winners of the individual categories. A prestigious judges panel will decide the winners from a high standard group of applicants.

How to Enter

Entrants may range from small start up companies to large international corporations depending on the category. Application forms can be submitted online here or by post to Jennifer Condon, 28 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Please note that companies are welcome to enter more than one category.

Applications close 9th October.

Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring a category please contact Jennifer Codon on (01) 6424178 or email JenniferCondon@irishexporters.ie

Sponsor: Etihad Airways
Objective & Criteria:

An overall Exporter of the Year Award for 2016 will be chosen by the judging panel from those companies who are overall winners in the individual categories. 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-add activities are carried on in Ireland
  • Obstacles overcome in getting into international markets
  • The company should be able to differentiate themselves by highlighting their 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 categories who 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 the international market. 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 themselves by highlighting their export success and further potential through a minimum of 3 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 in the last two years and is demonstrating success and commitment in one or more 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 between year 1 and year 3 of their 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 their export strategy plan and campaign, including plan for the future and be able to differentiate themselves by highlighting their 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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Sponsorship Available
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance and continuous growth over 5 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 themselves by highlighting their main contribution to the Irish economy and to highlight their 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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Sponsorship Available
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
  • 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 must show the percentage growth in the last two years including turnover and employment
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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 all business enterprises based in Republic of Ireland
  • Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years
  • Nominee must have export sales of approximately 15% of total turnover
  • Nominee must demonstrate consistent responsible food safety and adhere to both the rules of HACCP and those of the local health authority
  • Nominee must demonstrate consistent responsible approach towards sustainability and the Origin Green programme
  • The research and technology must have primarily taken place in Republic of Ireland
  • The product must have been introduced to the industry or market within the last two years
  • Be commercially aware and adaptable to a changing market environment
  • Be innovative with regard to product development and packaging
  • The product should use as much Irish sourced ingredients as possible
  • Judges will consider, product innovation, process innovation, operational excellence and sustainability
  • The company should be able to differentiate themselves by highlighting their 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: Kuehne + Nagel
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
  • Nominees 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 themselves by demonstrating current and future strategy, highlighting their 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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Sponsorship Available
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 have primarily taken 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 themselves by highlighting their 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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Sponsorship Available
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 themselves by highlighting their export success and further potential through a minimum of 3 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 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 themselves by highlighting their export success and potential through a minimum of 3 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 Available
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance of micro, small and emerging companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors who are demonstrating in 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 has 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 market
  • 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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