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CHAMBER OF YEAR AWARD RECOGNITION OF “SPIRIT AND FORTITUDE” OF GALWAY BUSINESS COMMUNITY – GALWAY CHAMBER  

Galway Chamber has described being named ‘Chamber of the Year’ as “recognition of the spirit and fortitude displayed by the Galway business community over the last year”.  Chief Executive Kenny Deery made the remarks after Galway Chamber were awarded the highest honour at the annual Chambers Ireland Awards, being selected for the top prize over all the other Chamber organisations in the country. 

As well as winning the top prize, Galway Chamber also received a category Award for ‘Supporting Enterprise Development & Social Enterprise' with Scaling Our Legacy in partnership with Galway Technology Centre. 

Speaking following the awards, Mr. Deery said, “It is such a tremendous honour to receive this prize, especially when you see how much has been accomplished by the other Chamber organisations around the country over the last year. Our deep thanks to Chambers Ireland for this prestigious award. We can see what this represents. It is recognition of the spirit and fortitude displayed by the Galway business community over the last year. This hasn’t been an easy period for a local economy that has traditionally been dependent on tourism. However the Galway business community did not sit back and wait for the all clear from the pandemic – we sought out opportunities, we evolved and we grew.  

“This represents an acknowledgement of that progress and Galway Chamber is honoured to play its part in providing a voice for the Galway business community at large. From multinationals to start ups, to growing SMEs and traditional family businesses, this award belongs to all who have made Galway such a fantastic place to do business. 

“I would also like to thank all those directly involved with the Chamber and who have worked tirelessly throughout the year. Our efforts are thanks to the tremendous support provided by our members, our board, our corporate partners and our staff. As a Chamber we have strived to put our best foot forward during a challenging period and I have no doubt this award will provide all the inspiration we need to continue on that path and continue to represent the needs of the business community throughout Galway,” he said. 

His remarks were echoed by Aengus Burns, President of Galway Chamber, “This has been quite a year for Galway business. It’s fair to say there has been a lot going on. From the post pandemic revival, to the attraction of major new companies to Galway, from the impressive developments at Galway Technology Centre and PorterShed, to the ongoing growth and success of many of our local businesses, this has been a year of achievement. It is a true honour to receive this award and also a signal of the health of the business environment in Galway at present,” he concluded.