Ann Ruddy kicks off 2021 with a Thought Leader Accreditation in Seaweed Aquaculture and Processing from the All-Ireland Business Foundation.
The Thought Leader Accreditation illustrates that Ann Ruddy is an informed opinion leader and the go-to person in her field of expertise. It also highlights that she is a trusted source who moves and inspires people with innovative ideas.
The 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 Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.
Speaking on the Accreditation, Ann Ruddy says, My response to being accredited with ‘Thought Leader’ status from the All-Ireland Business Foundation is one of immense gratitude. Being recognised for this achievement is heartwarming and helps to sustain the passion that first inspired me to become involved in this exciting area of business.
“Using seaweed, we can address many of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN, from climate action, absorbing CO2, and preventing methane emissions, whilst supporting partnership working in rural coastal economic communities. Seaweed can provide food and feed for a growing population, without the need for land or freshwater. It can also provide valued compounds to support cosmetic and medical treatments from stimulating hair growth and younger looking skin, to the prevention and the treatment for medical conditions from COVID to cancer. I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead and continuing to raise awareness of this amazing resource.”
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.
Ann Ruddy founded Redrose Developments Ltd, as a multi-enterprise group. It has both commercial ambitions and a strong social conscience. With a diverse and talented team, Redrose is undertaking a wide range of pursuits around seaweed to ultimately provide wealth, employment and a range of career opportunities for struggling rural coastal communities, whilst being aware of and sympathetic to environmental impacts.
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 Redrose Developments Ltd, 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 aibf.ie.