Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce was yesterday (21 June 2021) named the winner of the Most Innovative Project Award at the Chamber Awards 2021.

The awards, hosted by Chambers Ireland and sponsored by Zurich, recognise the outstanding work of chambers of commerce throughout the country in supporting local, regional and national business. They also provide an opportunity to share successful event ideas, campaigns and policies that have contributed to the development of chambers and business more broadly.

Arklow & District Chamber of Commerce was named the leading chamber in its category for its Cheers for Charity campaign, a fundraising initiative which encouraged members to donate in lieu of attending Christmas parties which had been cancelled due to COVID-19. The team then used these funds to purchase products from a wish list compiled by charities of items from local businesses.

Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland Ian Talbot said,

“Chambers have been incredibly active over the last year adapting to change, overcoming challenges and, most importantly, supporting their members. While it has been a year like no other, our judging panel was hugely impressed with the quality of work that was delivered throughout this period.

“Arklow & District Chamber’s victory in the Most Innovative Project category is richly deserved and I’m very pleased to congratulate them on their success. There were many close contests at the awards this year and Arklow & District Chamber has demonstrated just how important fine margins can be.”

Director of Corporate Life and Pensions at Zurich Ireland, Joe Creegan commented,


“Zurich is delighted to once again support the annual Chamber Awards. It is more important than ever to acknowledge the excellence of the Chamber network and the resilience of their members as they continue to support local economic development. We are proud to be associated with these awards and to support the important work Chambers undertakes in fostering a vibrant business community of all sizes and sectors across Ireland.”


The annual Chamber Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of the Chambers Ireland network around the country and present an opportunity for local and county chambers to showcase their achievements and collaborations.