Waterford has been included among Retail Excellence’s five finalists for the AIB Merchant Services-Retail Excellence Friendliest Place in Ireland Awards 2018.
Waterford, Ennis, Carrick-on-Shannon, Limerick and Slane will all be vying 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.”