Two Waterford shops were nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.
MACE Houlihan Lismore and Garvey's Centra Coolagh’s nominations mean they were in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA in Ireland.
The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. This was a very special year for the Q Mark Awards as the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) celebrate 50 years trading.
Situated in Lismore, MACE Ballyrafter Service Station is a family run forecourt and convenience store business which currently employs 26 staff on a full and part time basis. “We continually strive to maintain and improve food safety standards so to deliver the best possible safe food to our customers. This is a fantastic result and proof that hard work pays off,” Michael Houlihan said.
Garvey's Centra Coolagh is a forecourt and convenience shop that specialises in fresh food-to-go. “I am delighted to see our hard work is paying off and I am very proud of our achievement” said Carol Power of Garvey’s.
Celebrations are continuing at MACE Houlihan Lismore after the store made the final.
Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, the Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required.
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