All-Star Kilkenny Business of the Year 2020

The All-Ireland Business Foundation have accredited JJ Kavanagh & Sons All-Star Kilkenny Business of the Year 2020

JJ Kavanagh are thrilled to announce they have been accredited as All-Star Kilkenny Business of the Year 2020 by All-Ireland Business Foundation.

Established in 1919, the company has undergone remarkable growth, now spanning four generations as a family-run enterprise. With a century-long legacy, JJ Kavanagh has established itself as a renowned brand leader in Ireland’s transportation sector. Committed to excellence, our mission is to deliver unparalleled levels of service, quality, comfort, and safety to our valued customers.

Laura Kavanagh, JJ Kavanagh’s Commercial Director says

“On behalf of JJ Kavanagh, we are hugely proud of achieving our second Business All-Star Accreditation from the All-Ireland Business Foundation, for companies who are dedicated to the pursuit of Business Excellence. The Accreditation process gave us the opportunity to reflect on our brand story, growth strategy and above all the value we create for our customers. We consistently look to develop as a brand, driven by the desire to improve the brand experience for our customers. JJ Kavanagh & Sons would like to thank all members of staff, as we would not have won this award without their commitment to excellence.”

Laura Kavanagh showing award for JJ Kavanagh winning Best Private Coach Operator 2019
Laura Kavanagh showing award for JJ Kavanagh winning Best Private Coach Operator 2019

Announcing the award Kieran Ring Deputy Chairperson of the AIBF’s accreditation board said

"In naming JJ Kavanagh & Sons as our choice as Kilkenny Company of the Year 2021 we are paying tribute to the company’s enduring legacy and its unwavering commitment to the county of its birth. On the national stage JJ Kavanagh has risen to become the preeminent provider of public transport services however it has remained committed to its Kilkenny roots and is a best in class example of thinking local while acting national. Congratulations to all directors and staff at the company."

This standard mark, independently verified, stands as a testament to the excellence of indigenous businesses, upheld by stringent selection criteria. Administered by the esteemed All-Ireland Business Foundation, the accreditation process is overseen by Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics. Dr. Hynes emphasized the necessity of this accreditation, now held by over 350 firms, providing a benchmark for the multitude of small and medium businesses operating with their own standards but lacking a comparative measure. Dr Hynes says

“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”

The All-Ireland Business Foundation plays a pivotal role in managing the All-Ireland Business Summit, All-Star accreditations, and Thought Leader accreditations, fostering peer dialogue among its members. The selection process for the upcoming cohort of Business All-Star accredited companies is underway, with additional details accessible at businessallstars.ie.
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