KILDARE once again punched above its its weight with six nominees for the national Q Mark Awards for business quality and excellence.
Not only is the county fourth on the national list behind Limerick (7), Cork (10) and the capital (35), half of our nominees are for professions of care.
The local businesses nominated for one of just 19 Q Awards handed out nationally are the Suncroft Lodge Nursing Home, the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Assisted Living Services in Athy and Clane, and the Local Employment Service Network in Naas.
“The work involved is huge, you don’t just saunter up,” explained team leader Theresa Cave of the Kildare LES when the Kildare Nationalist rang to congratulate.
“The last audit we did we got 87 per cent which is huge, but we’re constantly updating, working on it,” she said.
She paid tribute to manager Clodagh Judge and Q Mark team leader for 20 years Tina Connolly.
“Tina’s constantly auditing and keeping us on top of it. The work involved is huge. It was hard got,” said Tina of the nomination.
Sheila Power at Suncroft Lodge said they were “delighted with the nomination” but also confirmed the efforts required.
“There’s an awful lot of work involved, hard work, then a fine tooth comb, before it goes in front of a panel of judges” she pointed out.
“Only for the staff we would not be where we are today,” she affirmed.
The other nominees from the county are a pair of Spars in Allenwood and Celbridge, and Food Court Catering in Kilcock.
The prestigious National Q Mark Awards – the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve. – is awarded only to companies who reach the highest standards of quality and excellence, and are far from a sinecure in vanity.
Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) has been the Irish National Quality Association and guardian of the ‘Q’ Mark since 1968.
They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally and certify for the Q Mark in hygiene and food safety, Quality Management Systems (QMS), nursing homes, leisure centres, and accessibility (ABLE)
The overall winners of The National Q Mark Awards will be announced at a gala black tie event in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel on September 27.
This ceremony hosted by broadcaster Jonathan Healy is known as the ‘Oscars of Business Excellence’, and this year will see almost 120 companies battle it out for one of only 19 prestigious Q Mark Awards and the two much coveted national titles.