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Carlow’s famed Arboretum honoured

Carlow’s famed Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven at Leighlinbridge has been named the National Champion for Ireland in The European Business Awards. This is Europe’s largest business competition, set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community. It is now in its tenth year, and this year involved more than 33,000 businesses from 34 countries.

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. They were evaluated on the core Business Awards values of innovation, ethics and success and will now go through to the second stage of the competition. Founded four decades ago, Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven started as a humble small family run garden centre started by Rachel Doyle which has flourished into a retail destination store, Arboretum is Ireland’s first five star garden and lifestyle centre and is based at a state of the art 10-acre site.

European Business Awards final

Fergal Doyle, Co-Owner and CCO, says, “The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are proud to be acknowledged at this level.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The Awards’ independent judges will award the best of this group the ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and the selected companies will then go on to the Gala Final in 2017. Separately, in a two stage public vote, the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards website, and the company who receives the most votes in their country will become the National Public Champion. Last year over 227,000 votes were cast as companies were supported globally by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.

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