The shortlist demonstrates the strong level of activity that was maintained by Chambers around the country despite the difficulties presented by the on-going pandemic.
Joe Creegan, Head of Corporate Life and Pensions at Zurich, the main sponsor of the awards, said:
“Zurich is delighted to continue its role as title sponsor of the Chamber Awards. Given that the Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to every aspect of our economy, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the excellence of the Chamber network and 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 undertake in fostering a vibrant business community of all sizes and sectors across Ireland.”
Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, said:
“Chambers in our network have responded with incredible resilience to the challenges put in front of them over the past year. During an unprecedented time, they have been both innovative and collaborative in finding solutions and have ensured their members continue to have an ally who works on their behalf.
Helping to create sustainable communities has also been a key focus of our network. Chambers understand that creating places which are both attractive and enduring helps to improve quality of life and stimulate economic activity. This is not only of benefit to business, but a benefit to all.”
The winners of the Chamber Awards will be announced over an eight-day period from June 17-25. Awards will be presented for excellence in seven individual categories with one Chamber also taking home the award for Chamber of the Year 2021.
This is the shortlist for the category of Most Innovative Project:
Arklow & District Chamber – Cheers for Charity Campaign
Cork Chamber – The Sustainable Cork Fund
Dublin Chamber – The Dublin Chamber Sustainability Academy, Sponsored by AIB
Dundalk Chamber – The Working from Home Series
Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber – Covid Community Impact Response Initiative
Fingal Dublin Chamber – Fingal Chamber Community Fund
Reacting to the news, President of Arklow & District Chamber, Mr Garrett Dempsey commented:
“This acknowledgment of our work is the result of the solidarity of our members in supporting local businesses and the wider community. Arklow is competing against much larger groups, this is an impressive achievement for a small voluntary organisation like ours”.