County Meath Chamber is delighted to report that Slane has been announced as one of the Finalist for ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Place’ by Retail Excellence. ‘What an achievement! This accolade is a testament to the continuous sustained efforts and collaboration across all sectors in Slane. We wish them well in the finals in November and look forward to celebrating with them’. Paula McCaul CEO County Meath Chamber.
The five towns shortlisted for the coveted award – Ennis, Carrick-on-Shannon, Limerick, Slane & Waterford The award which is sponsored by AIB Merchant Services will see Slanevying for the top spot come November when the winner will be announced at a sell-out black-tie event in Killarney. Retail Excellence, the largest retail representative body in Ireland, run these prestigious awards to drive standards and celebrate excellence in retail operations and town centres throughout the country. Last year Ennis won the prestigious title at the Retail Excellence Awards which was attended by more than 700 Irish retail industry executives. The awards are the biggest and best supported event in the Irish retail industry calendar. Commenting on the announcement Lorraine Higgins Chief Executive of Retail Excellence said “Ireland is renowned the world over for its warm welcome and hospitality to all. Nothing conveys this more effectively than our retailers operating throughout every village, town and city in the country. This is exactly why it is important to mark the significant contribution being made by the industry and city and county councils in driving standards and keeping our town centres vibrant. “We are delighted with the quality of entries we received this year for Ireland’s Friendliest Place Award and the standard set was second to none. It is always difficult to choose the finalists but the five towns selected are standard bearers in driving customer excellence, hospitality and pride in their town. The five finalists can be justly proud of this achievement and I all look forward to the announcement of the overall winner in November” concluded Ms. Higgins. Mark Patterson, Head of Field Sales, AIB Merchant Services said “being shortlisted for Ireland’s Top 5 Friendliest place represents an achievement in itself, and it is recognition of the efforts made by each finalist driving customer excellence, hospitality and pride in their town. My sincere congratulations to all of this year’s finalists.