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Businesses from across Monaghan Town celebrated the 2nd annual Monaghan Business Awards with 430 in attendance on the night. Fifteen categories where decided during the Gala awards with two special awards for Business Person of the Year (Micheal Briody, Silverhill Farm) and Lifetime Contribution to Business(Gordon Fleming, Flemings Department Store).

Over 8500 nominations where submitted during the public nomination process across the different categories. The event is co-ordinated by the Monaghan town team, and is aimed at promoting the strength of the town’s businesses.

 

Michael Murray, Manager AIB Monaghan, Micheal Briody, CEO Silverhill Farm & winner of Business Person of the Year

Micheal Briody was the winner of Business person of the Year 2018,

Under CEO Micheál Briody’s leadership, tremendous success has been achieved in both domestic and overseas markets and Silver Hill Farm are now reaping the rewards of this decision.

The opening of a new state of the Art Centre of Excellence in Emyvale, a doubling of production figures to 80,000 ducks per week, further expansion into the South East Asian Market and the creation of 80 new jobs have all been achieved under Micheál’s leadership as he went about implementing his vision and strategic plan for the company.

Despite this tremendous success in recent years, Micheál has set the company further ambitious targets for the next 5 years which include increasing the number of ducks processed from 80,000 – 150,000. Central to this will be the construction of a new state of the art production plant in Emyvale which will lead to further job creation in the locality. This will allow Silver Hill to meet further demand in Asian Markets and expand into new markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Canada.

Since becoming CEO Micheál has introduced an “Open Culture” in Silver Hill Farm with staff integration, workplace wellness and developing people all key elements of the company’s values & beliefs. Part of the company’s success is based on the culture of fitness and wellbeing that is proactively encouraged and last year Silver Hill Farm was officially recognised as Ireland’s Fittest Company!

Breige Quinn(Business Advisor Monaghan LEO), John McEntegart (Head of Monaghan LEO), Gordon Fleming (Flemings Department Store), Caroline Hunt (Monaghan LEO), Eilin Connolly (Monaghan LEO)

Gordon Fleming, winner of the Lifetime Contribution to the Business Community 2018

He left school at 17, went straight into the family business where there were approx. 8 employees. He spent the last 45 years building the business to a level were they now employs 140 staff directly and over 200 on the premises, contributing over €3 million to the local economy in payroll. Gordon learnt a lot from his father Fred who firmly believed in the importance of the customer and the level of service required for to keep that person as a customer. Which is still a core part of Flemings values today.

It’s has always been a priority of Gordon’s to support local suppliers, use local services, builders and local tradespeople etc in order to stimulate the local economy. Gordon feels it’s vital to give back with the many bag packs, sponsorships and other initiatives Flemings have facilitated to help local charities raise much needs funds.

Under Gordon’s stewardship Flemings has achieved numerous awards, a few examples include: Best Supervalu in Ireland, Best in Fresh awards, Hygiene awards, Expert Store of the Year finalist, Toy master store of the Year finalist, top award for Franchise in Easons, so standing still is not an option for Gordon and his team at Flemings. Gordon has been a member of Monaghan lions club since it’s foundation 25 years ago. He is also a member of his local community alert who look after the welfare of the community. He is an elected member of his church committee. He has supported the Hope Cafe and Crocus Cancer Support

Flemings have made significant investments in Monaghan town over the years and firmly believes that he and his team have helped develop Monaghan town center into the thriving business it is today.