JJ Kavanagh & Sons Named All-Star Kilkenny Business Of The Year 2022

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Pictured above is the JJ Kavanagh & Sons team.

Urlingford based coach hire company JJ Kavanagh & Sons has been named All-Star Kilkenny Business Of The Year 2022 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation.

This fantastic achievement is the company’s third successive Business All-Star accolade and it comes in recognition of the JJ Kavanagh team’s commitment to the business life of its community and its impact on trade and commerce in Kilkenny.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons is Ireland’s largest private coach operator. The business was founded in 1919 by J.J. Kavanagh with the operation of a service connecting Urlingford with Kilkenny city.

The company has expanded greatly since the 1990s with the take-over of Kenneally’s coach operators in Waterford. Its head office is in Urlingford with other offices in Naas, Dublin, Clonmel, Nenagh, Waterford and Carlow.

Business All-Star Accreditation 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 University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons is Ireland’s largest private coach operator. The business was founded in 1919 by J.J. Kavanagh with the operation of a service connecting Urlingford with Kilkenny city.

The company has expanded greatly since the 1990s with the take-over of Kenneally’s coach operators in Waterford. Its head office is in Urlingford with other offices in Naas, Dublin, Clonmel, Nenagh, Waterford and Carlow.

Reacting to the announcement, Commercial Director Laura Kavanagh said:

We are extremely proud to have achieved Business All-Star Accreditation for a third successive year, being named All-Star Kilkenny Business Of The Year 2022. It is a wonderful recognition of our commitment to provide our customers with the highest levels of service, quality, comfort, and safety. We are hugely proud to be part of an elite group of Irish companies that have achieved this prestigious Accreditation. It has been a challenging 18 months with Covid-19 and this Accreditation is a product of the hard work of our team and their commitment to continuously striving for excellence. This is an external acknowledgement of their talent and hard work!

Deputy Chair on the Adjudication Board Kieran Ring, said in support of the announcement: “JJ Kavanagh & Sons has achieved AIBF 2021-1014 All-Star Kilkenny Business Of The year 2022, in recognition of the company’s commitment to the business life of its community. We wish to recognise JJ Kavanagh & Sons’ conduct in the areas of trust, commitment, performance & customer-centricity. JJ Kavanagh & Sons is hereby included in the AIBF Register of Irish Business Excellence.”

Managing Director of the All-Ireland Business Foundation Kapil Khanna said the accreditation, which is now held by over 500 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure them by.

He said: “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.”

The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class in Irish business.

The Foundation actively engages and supports its network through peer-dialogue, collaboration, mentoring and enterprise development activities. Companies are qualified for accreditation by completing an enterprise audit and are identified by their use of the AIBF’s Business All-Star Marque.

To learn more about JJ Kavanagh & Sons, visit their All-Star showcase page here.