‘Culture Meets Business’ shortlisted for 2024 Chambers Ireland Awards

Galway Culture Company is thrilled to announce that our project ‘Culture Meets Business’ in partnership with Galway Chamber has been shortlisted in the ‘Supporting Business’ category for the 2024 Chambers Ireland Awards.

The Chamber Awards is an annual celebration recognising the hard work and dedication of Chambers across the country in representing their members, engaging stakeholders and fostering vibrant and thriving local communities.

This year there has been 44 projects shortlisted across eight award categories, which showcase innovative communications campaigns, successful events, sustainable development initiatives, and creative collaborations between companies, local authorities and wider communities.

Speaking after the shortlist was announced (1 May 2024), Chambers Ireland’s President, Fiona Candon, said:

“The calibre of entries this year has been incredibly high and I’d like to commend each Chamber for demonstrating exceptional ambition, innovation and creativity.

Chambers across the country are strong, vocal advocates for the businesses and communities they represent, and they contribute significantly to the overall growth and economic prosperity of the regions they serve. The projects shortlisted demonstrate this focus on business advocacy, community spirit and willingness to collaborate.”

The Chamber Awards are proudly sponsored and supported by Zurich. Commenting on the Chamber Awards shortlist, Joe Creegan, Head of Corporate Life and Pensions Ireland from Zurich said:

“Zurich is proud to support the annual Chamber Awards once again. Congratulations to all the hardworking members of the Chamber network for their exceptional dedication and resilience shown over the past year. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable and innovative initiatives that have made a significant impact in our local communities, and we are delighted to support that effort across the country.”

The Chamber Awards are taking place on Thursday 6th June 2024 in the Killashee Hotel, Co. Kildare. The winners of each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony and the event will also award the overall prize of ‘Chamber of the Year’ to one outstanding Chamber.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Best International Project

County Carlow Chamber – “International Carlow”
Dublin Chamber – ESG-UP: Strategic partnership to up-skill European SMEs in the development of Environmental, Social and Governance strategies
Dundalk Chamber – Embassy visits to Dundalk
Galway Chamber – Galway Scaling Internationally

Community Support Initiatives

Ballina Chamber – RISE: A Ballina 2023 Legacy Programme
Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber – Dementia Inclusive Dungarvan
Ennis Chamber – Schools Engagement – Climate Action /Offshore Energy
Galway Chamber – Galway Pride Campaign
Tralee Chamber – Collaborative Tralee Heritage Trails
Waterford Chamber – Waterford Rising GAA Dinner

Digital Campaigns

Ballina Chamber – Empower Your Business in 2024
Drogheda & District Chamber – “Shop, snap and tag”
Dublin Chamber – The Dublin Business Collective Podcast
Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber – Beyond A Million
Letterkenny Chamber – Letterkenny Chamber Communicating with Excellence
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Growing Membership through HubSpot: One system for multiple member needs
Sligo Chamber – “Sligo, Find your Place”

Sustainability & Biodiversity

Ballina Chamber – “Communities Creating Change” & “Ballina Climate Action Weekend”
Cobh & Harbour Chamber – No Time to Waste
Dundalk Chamber – Park n Stride Scheme in association with Louth County Council
Shannon Chamber – Mid-West Sustainability Week 2023
Tralee Chamber – Tralee Chamber Working with Businesses to Deliver Meaningful Biodiversity and Climate Action

Event of the Year

Ballina Chamber – Ballina 2023 – A year of celebration, a lifelong connection
County Carlow Chamber – Creating Inclusive Employment
County Meath Chamber – The Apprenticeship Expo – Meath
Dublin Chamber – Dublin Chamber Annual Dinner
Shannon Chamber – Maintaining Lean Momentum: Mid-West Lean Network Conference 2023
Waterford Chamber – Dublin Diaspora Dinner

Lobbying & Policy Campaign

Cork Chamber – Cork Chamber of Commerce Housing Advocacy
Letterkenny Chamber – North West City Region Value Proposition
Limerick Chamber – Better Regions Initiative (BRI)
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Transformation of the Northern Ireland Planning System
Sligo Chamber – Fund the N17 Upgrade Now

Local Authority Engagement

Ballina Chamber – International Women’s Day Gathering
Cork Chamber – Car Free Day
County Tipperary Chamber – Leveraging Local Supports
Shannon Chamber – An Expanded Engagement with Clare County Council

Supporting Business

Arklow & District Chamber – Empowering Arklow’s Workforce: A Collaborative Training Initiative
Ballina Chamber – A Taste of Ballina Christmas Hamper
Cork Chamber – Connecting Cork
County Tipperary Chamber – Clonmel Community Conversations on Substance Use – Commercial Interests Workshop
Galway Chamber – Culture Meets Business Series
Kilkenny Chamber – The power of Kilkenny Chamber networking!
Letterkenny Chamber – ShopLK – Leading the way in Town Gifting