The Duhallow Business Awards initiative is a means to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and vision of business owners and entrepreneurs in Duhallow.
The current economic climate makes it difficult to start up a business, however, there are people who do it successfully and the awards afford a platform to highlight these success stories. The Business Awards are part of IRD Duhallow’s multi prong approach to helping the growth of enterprise in Duhallow. Our Enterprise Team work tirelessly to animate and develop micro enterprises, as well as receiving ongoing input and guidance from our working group and enterprise network.
Duhallow Business Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the many local businesses and promote entrepreneurship and business acumen. Categories include; Best Start Up, Best Established Business, Best Customer Service, Best Creative Industry, Best Women Led Business and Best Community Enterprise. The Awards are held each year at a gala banquet held in the James O’Keeffe Institute.
In November 2014, the Duhallow Business Awards saw the title of Duhallow Business of the Year being awarded to Gordon O’Keeffe from K&L Deliveries. Run in conjunction with the Corkman, the prestige of the awards has grown from strength to strength. From the large number of entries the judges had huge difficulty to whittle it down to just 18 shortlisted finalists, who went through a rigorous interview process with the 3 judges. A promotional supplement was produced featuring half page promotional ads on all the finalists. The Awards banquet was held in the James O’Keeffe Institute with over 180 people in attendance on the night. The Award Winners were as follows:
- Best Start Up – Blumain Organic Skincare
- Best Established – K&L Deliveries
- Best Customer Service – Coolefield House
- Best Creative Industry – Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra
- Best Women Led Business – Voodoo Hair Design
- Best Community Enterprise – Rathmore Credit Union
- Duhallow Business Awards- K&L Deliveries- Best Established Business Award
K&L Deliveries is owned and managed by Gordon O’Keeffe and his wife Breeda, and provides a courier, transportation and distribution and warehousing service for their clients spread over the Munster and Dublin areas.
K & L Deliveries started business in January 1986 with two vehicles and today the company runs a fleet of 35 vehicles based in Mountleader Industrial Estate, Millstreet and in Ballymount in Dublin.
The fleet is comprised of 29 company owned vehicles and a further six driver owned vehicles which are specifically contracted only to K & L Deliveries. The company also has a backup of two x 1 tonne vans and four cars, which are on standby for special delivery.
The company occupies a new purpose built warehouse and office in Millstreet to accommodate the growing business. The 60,000 sq. feet complex is on an eight acre site, housing one 43,000 sq. feet warehouse built to the highest standards, complete with four automatic dock levellers for loading and unloading of vehicles.
Attached to this building is an office complex of 3,000 sq. feet. Also located on this site is an 18,000 sq. feet transit warehouse with 14 dock levellers and a 1,200 sq. feet vehicle servicing centre on site, allowing the business to keep its vehicles maintained to the highest standards. There is also adequate parking facilities for the extensive fleet as well as a large area for further expansion in warehousing when it is required.
In Dublin, K&L has a 6,000 sq. feet hub centre at Ballymount Cross, on the Ballymount Road, which is on the south western approach to Dublin, to accommodate the growing business in this area. This is totally managed by K&L Deliveries, giving the company full control of the contract from end to end.
Gordon O Keeffe, of K&L Deliveries, Millstreet, was the winner of the Best Established Business Category at the Duhallow Business Awards 2014.