29th May, 2013: Newstalk is calling on members of the public to nominate business people that have inspired them, giving winners an opportunity to showcase their success by telling their stories to a national audience. The announcement was made today by presenter Bobby Kerr at the launch of the new Business Person of the Month initiative, in association with the market leader in accounts and payroll software, Sage Ireland.
From food and drink connoisseurs to science and technology wizards, a specific category will be announced at the beginning of each month and the public can nominate business people and entrepreneurs that have inspired them in that field.
The winner is chosen by a panel of independent judges consisting of Martin Cullen, Microsoft; Cormac Tobin, Doc Morris Unicare; Derry Grey, BDO; Simon Coyle, Mazars; and Frank O’Keefe, Ernst & Young. The winner will be announced on Newstalk Breakfast on the last Friday of the month and will go on to be interviewed on Down to Business the following Sunday. As well as being profiled on Newstalk, the winner will receive a specially commissioned Newbridge Silverware pen and a consultation with the award winning Sage Business Advice Team.
The category for June is Education with Newstalk looking for business people who have made an impact in this sector, through innovation and technology or traditional means. At the end of the year, each monthly winner will go head to head for the Newstalk Business Person of the Year accolade.
Bobby Kerr, Presenter of Down to Business on Newstalk said “The new format targets business people from specific sectors each month enabling us to reach out to a myriad of industries that may not have entered before. The winners will have a platform to tell their stories to the nation, giving them invaluable exposure to existing and potential customers and investors. Next month’s category is Education so we are searching for business people who have made a difference, from educational software start-ups to grind schools and everything in between.”
Avril McArdle from Sage Ireland said, “With 40,000 business customers in Ireland, Sage comes across inspiring stories of entrepreneurship every day throughout the country. As an organization that knows the needs of businesses, in particular SMEs, we’re proud to support this initiative and to reward the accomplishments of companies of all sizes and in every industry.”
Upcoming categories for the Business Person of the Month include Agriculture, Food & Drink, Science & Technology, Start-Ups and Exporting. To nominate somebody for next month’s award, go to www.newstalk.ie/Business-Person-of-the-Month-May-2013
For further information please contact:
Maria Doyle, FleishmanHillard: +353 1 6188 431 / M: +353 87 990 7831
Aidan McLaughlin, FleishmanHillard: +353 1 6188 425 / M: +353 85 749 0484