Martin O’Byrne Named All-Star Retail Business Person of the Year 2022

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Frewen & Aylward Menswear | AIBF
Richard Farrell, Managing Director and Martin O'Byrne, Owner of Frewen & Aylward Menswear at the All-Ireland Business Summit in Croke Park.

Dun Laoghaire retailer Martin O’Byrne has been named All-Star Retail Business Person of the Year 2022 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation.

Martin is the owner of Frewen & Aylward an independent menswear retailer located in Dun Laoghaire Town in County Dublin.

Martin has made an outstanding contribution to retail in the town and has been a leading voice on behalf of its traders in the redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire.

An immensely popular character Martin O’Byrne is a trusted source who moves and inspires people with innovative ideas.

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.

Reacting to the announcement, Frewen & Aylward Menswear Owner Martin O’Byrne said:

I am delighted to share that I have been named All-Star Retail Business Person of the Year 2022 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. I am proud to accept this accolade on behalf of the Frewen & Aylward team who have supported my mission to provide a truly exceptional service for the people of Dun Laoghaire and far beyond. I am proud to display the AIBF marque which underlines my dedication to quality and excellence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my customers – this achievement would not be possible without you.

Deputy Chair on the Adjudication Board Kieran Ring, said in support of the announcement: “Martin O’Byrne of Frewen & Aylward Menswear has achieved All-Star Retail Business Person of the Year 2022 Accreditation. Martin is a trusted source who moves and inspires people with innovative ideas, he turns ideas into reality and knows and shows how to replicate his success. We are delighted to honour him with this accolade.”

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 Frewen & Aylward Menswear, visit their All-Star showcase page here.