On Monday September 24th, we were delighted to officially launch the All-Ireland Business Foundation in Croke Park. The Foundation will be responsible for identifying and accrediting best-in-class Irish businesses as Business ‘All-Stars’ in addition to hosting the All-Ireland Business Summit and promoting on-going peer dialogue among members.
The All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses based on rigorous selection criteria.
It will be overseen by the All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.
"The Foundation exists to identify and support best-in-class indigenous businesses over a long-term basis, it allows them to attain and, most importantly, maintain the highest verified standards for the benefit of both businesses and consumers."
Kieran F.Ring - CEO, Global Institute of Logistics
On the day, we received some fantastic insights from Gerry Duffy (Endurance Athlete & Keynote speaker) and our panel of business experts including Brid Gould - CEO, Comfort Keepers, Brian Hefferon - CEO, Nesta Storage, David Briody - MD, Briody Bedding and Donal Murphy - CEO, Bluestone Motor Finance.
Briody Bedding: launched their new All-Star Bed Range. In addition to a healthy sleep routine the All-Star Range will help regenerate and rejuvenate! The All-Star Range will be available in all good furniture retailers nationwide from October, just follow the star!
The accreditation has been launched following the success of the All-Ireland Business All-Star Awards, which this year attracted 800 entries from businesses nationwide.
The All-Ireland Business Foundation will be responsible for identifying and accrediting best-in-class Irish businesses, overseeing both the awards and ongoing accreditation and promoting peer dialogue.
It will also create an active community of progressive businesses and ambitious business leaders who work together and openly share knowledge.
We believe that the Business All-Star accreditation is going to be a true quality mark for indigenous Irish businesses, Said David Briody of Briody Beds, who unveiled a range of All-Star branded mattresses at the launch.
A chance conversation through the All-Stars network between Briody Beds and fellow award winner homecare provider Comfort Keepers has led to plans to develop a range of dual-use beds that preserve all the comforts of home with all the features and functions of a hospital bed.
As a business, we are very concerned with setting standards, but those standards need to be constantly measured, said David Briody.
We have been looking for something like this – an accreditation process which is tough, externally verified and allows us to constantly measure our performance.
Many businesses are already using the All-Ireland Business All-Star brand as a badge of quality, according to Elaine Carroll of the Foundation.
Our accreditation is not easy to obtain, and, because we approach companies as customers, many businesses use it as an external health check, said Ms. Carroll.
When we provide a detailed level of feedback to companies they find that it is the small things that have the biggest impacts on vendors, suppliers, and customers.
͞The accreditation process takes a minimum of six weeks from start to finish and applicant companies must be trading for a minimum of three years.
A new quality mark, aimed at assuring customers and suppliers that Irish businesses meet the highest standards of service and trust on an ongoing basis, has been launched at Croke Park.
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