49th annual Business & Finance Awards opens for nominations

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The 2023 Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG, is now open for nominations. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications for the awards ceremony which celebrates Ireland’s top business leaders and leadership teams. The prestigious awards gala will take place on Thursday, 7th December 2023, at the Convention Centre Dublin, attended by more than 1,000 business, political and social leaders.


Since first launching in 1974, The Business & Finance Awards has been the benchmark for leading companies in Ireland. The programme celebrates excellence in innovation, growth, and scale of individual business leaders and leadership teams.



This year’s event was launched with programme partners including KPMG Managing Partner Séamus Hand, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, Coillte CEO Imelda Hurley, Peter Power, Executive Director, UNICEF Ireland and Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland.

Candidates can be nominated in the following categories:

  • Company of the Year in Association with KPMG

  • Business Person of the Year in Association with KPMG

  • Elevation Award in partnership with EI

  • FDI of the Year

  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award 

  • Environmental, Social & Governance Award in partnership with Coillte

Finalists for the Business & Finance Awards are chosen by a judging panel comprising industry experts who will assess applications submitted from across the Island of Ireland.

The Business & Finance Awards Programme also hosts the Sutherland Leadership Award along with the TK Whitaker Award. The programme has previously honoured several of the most outstanding leaders of our generation including President Clinton, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Sir John Major, Senator George Mitchell, Mario Draghi. The 2023 Programme hosted & recognised Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

To submit a nomination, please visit HERE.

At an event to launch the 2023 Business & Finance Awards, Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland, said: “We are really proud of our association with the Business & Finance awards which recognise truly amazing achievements in our business community. The Awards are testament to both the excellence of past winners and the importance attached to celebrating these achievements.  We wish all the participants the very best as we begin the judging process and the countdown to the event in December “

Speaking about the launch of the Awards, Ian Hyland, Publisher and Chairman of Business & Finance said: “The past several years have seen unprecedented upheaval in Ireland’s business landscape, with challenges coming from all directions including the pandemic and its wider effects, soaring costs, geopolitical upheaval and more. Throughout these tests, Ireland’s businesses have excelled; I’m certain our judging panel has a tough task ahead to single out its champions. We welcome nominations from today, and we look forward to seeing the community at the final event later this year.”

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