Equinox Education Services were delighted to win the ‘Marketing Award’ at the County Carlow Chamber 2018 Carlow Business Awards last week.

The award sponsored by the Institute of Technology, Carlow, recognises the innovative marketing approach taken to by Equinox to promote #education and #cultural #tourism in Ireland and overseas and is the oganisation’s second major award in only six months.

The 2018 Carlow Business Awards were hosted by the local chamber of commerce at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in the presence of Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), who took the opportunity to acknowledge “the innovation, talent and entrepreneurial spirit, thriving here in Carlow”.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar addresses the business community at the awards ceremony at Visual . Pic. Courtesy of County Carlow Chamber. Photographer Thomas Sunderland.

Overall there were 26 categories recognised on the night with Equinox being shortlisted for three – the overall Marketing Award, Exporter of the Year and Outstanding Business of the year, for which the Equinox team were invited to give a presentation to the judging panel.

Other notable winners included Eileen Brophy, who won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ as a local disability campaigner for over 40 years and Turlough O’Brien who received the ‘Carlow Ambassador Award’ for his inspiration role as the Carlow football Manager. Eileen Doyle of Caideas won the ‘Spirit of the Community Award’ and County Carlow Hospice won the ‘Community Award. The overall business award went to Autolaunch and there was a cheque presentation by the Chamber to Carlow Special Olympics.

The President of Carlow Chamber of Commerce Yvonne Jones gave an address welcoming the Taoiseach to the event and was fulsome of her praise of the local business community which she said “helped the County grow, locally, nationally and internationally.

Summing up the importance of the award for Equinox, Managing Director Noel Doyle explains “I am delighted to accept this marketing award on behalf of myself and my colleagues, which is our second major award in 2018.  I would like to thank Carlow County Chamber and all of our overseas partners, local facilitators and host families, without whom the foundation of our success would not be possible ” He added “I believe that this award is testament to the hard work that our team have undertaken to champion innovative study and cultural programmes overseas and here in Ireland. Our ongoing aim is to market County Carlow, the region and Ireland as a place to study, visit and invest in by bringing ever greater numbers of people into the future.”

Equinox’s International Development Manager, Paul Dunne also commented “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Chamber, all the sponsors and congratulate all the other winners and nominees”, adding “we will use these endorsements of our marketing and innovation strategies to make further strides within our industry, so that we are at the forefront of offering the very best study and cultural programmes possible”.

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