Donnacha Neary Named All-Ireland Business Foundation Entrepreneur 2021

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Donnacha Neary, Managing Director of Sonica photographed with his All-Star Accreditation certificate and medallion.

Donnacha Neary has been named as the latest businessperson to be inducted into the AIBF honours list, named as All-Star Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021. The title was bestowed upon Donnacha for his performance, trust and customer-centricity as an Irish business leader.

This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.

The Accreditation is overseen by the prestigious 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.

Responding to the announcement, Donnacha Neary, Managing Director of Sonica said, We were delighted to be honoured for the second year in a row, as part of the Business All-Star Accreditation process. Our goal is to challenge the norm and benchmark ourselves with organisations both within and outside of our industry. It was these traits, aligning with fellow TRIBE Companies that recognise the importance of having a clear strategic plan, driven by a highly skilled and ambitious team.

“As Sonica’s leader, my commitment is to continue to grow the business, with investment in our team, technology and processes. We are delighted to have exceeded the standards set down for this Accreditation. We are hugely enthusiastic about our participation in the TRIBE and the future opportunities for collaboration that our membership of this elite community brings”.

Speaking on Donnacha Neary’s achievement, Kieran Ring, Deputy Chair of the Adjudication Board says, “Donnacha Neary is the Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021. The Foundation pays tribute to Mr. Neary’s outstanding contribution to enterprise development in Ireland. A recognised fit-out professional with 25-years experience in the commercial interiors market across many European countries. Through his company Sonica, he is leading the way in how office space is being re-imagined in a post Covid 19 world. His ideas shape our commercial environments”.

Dr Hynes said the Accreditation, which is now held by over 450 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure them by.

“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics”, she says.

Donnacha is Managing Director of Sonica. Established in 2013 as a high end fit-out company, Sonica have grown to become a market leader in commercial construction. In less than a decade, they have grown at pace to become a force in the industry, with offices in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Germany.

As a trusted voice of authority in the construction industry, Sonica’s projects re-define design and reflect uncompromising excellence in their approach. As a business, they have won numerous accolades for their innovative style when it comes to design and construction practices. Most recently, Sonica won the Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) award for their fit-out project at blockchain software company, ConsenSys.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is a national body which accredits best-in-class Irish businesses as Business All-Stars. The Foundation also oversees the All-Ireland Business Summit while promoting peer dialogue amongst our members on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about Sonica, visit their All-Star showcase page here.

The process to select the next group of Business All-Star accredited companies has begun and further information is available at