Irene Collins Managing Director of EIQA presenting a Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety to David Shanahan and Geraldine Ryan from Shanahan’s Centra Borrisoleigh
Its official! Shanahan’s Centra Borrisoleigh has won the National Q Mark title for Best Forecourt with Delicatessen in Ireland for Hygiene & Food Safety standards at The National Q Mark Awards. Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.
Shanahan’s Centra Borrisoleigh is a modern, vibrant, newly renovated, 3500 square foot forecourt Centra store immersed in the heartland of Borrisoleigh. “Being nominated for the award gave us all here in Shanahans a great sense of achievement. A great sense of pride that we as a business are operating to the very highest standards within the most challenging of environments, ” said Marie Shanahan, owner. “Winning the Q Mark Award is recognition that all of our hard work is appreciated by our peers in the industry” said Emma Mills, Deli staff member.
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. Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Collective responsibility for high operational standards has yielded a fantastic result for Marie and her team…increased footfall and a much coveted Q Mark Trophy. A fantastic result.”
The National Q Mark Awards 2018 were presented by EIQA and officiated by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. This is a very special year for The Q Mark Awards as EIQA celebrate their 50th anniversary and the Master of Ceremonies on the night was inimitable broadcaster Jonathan Healy. Almost 600 people representing 140 companies attended a formal black-tie ceremony in competition for one of only 27 awards presented. The evening was filled with celebration but also a heady anticipation as many familiar faces waited for the final results to be announced.
Headline sponsors this year were eTravel, Virgin Atlantic and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Award sponsors included Noel Recruitment, Skillsteam, Shelflife Magazine, JBM Merit Solutions, Solus, Asystec, Bluemoon Communications and The Irish Independent. Funds were raised on the night for CanTeen Ireland and were much appreciated and celebrations went on into the early hours.
EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1968. They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark which identifies its various certifications, namely: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centres, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE)
Pictured below: Soraid McEntee from the EIQA pictured with Shanahan’s Centra, Cappanilly, Borrisoleigh David Shanahan, Geraldine Ryan at The National Q Mark Awards, Dublin