Jim Barry named National Champion in European Business Awards 2015/16

Managing director of Barry Group, Jim Barry

Having already toasted a number of successes this year, the Barry Group and MD Jim Barry, can now add a new prestigious accolade to their collection



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8 September 2015

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Managing director of Barry Group, Jim Barry, has been named as a National Champion for Ireland in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM; a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe.

The European Business Awards, now in its ninth year, engaged with over 32,000 business from 33 European countries this year and 678 companies from across Europe have been named today as National Champions; going through to the second phase of the competition.

Barry Group is one of the leading wholesale groups in Ireland. The company was founded in 1955 and operates from a state of the art headquarters in Mallow where over 230 people are employed.

Under Jim’s leadership and vision, Barry Group has grown from a once local business to a leading wholesale distribution company. Trading both nationally and internationally and supplying over 1,000 customers; Barry Group supplies 265 franchises under the Costcutter, Carry Out Off Licence and Quik Pick symbols, as well as a large number of independent retailers and wholesalers based in Ireland.

Speaking about the award, Jim Barry said: “It’s a great honour to be selected in this category and I’d like to thank the whole team at Barry Group.”

Jim Barry and Barry Group as a whole have already toasted a number of success this year with the company being named as a Great Place to Work and as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed companies, Barry himself was also named as Ireland’s Most Trusted Leader at the 2015 GPTW awards.

The next round of the competition requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The judges will view all of the National Champions’ videos, and award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status.  Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand final in 2016.

Separately, the National Champion videos will be made public on the European Business Awards website www.businessawardseurope.com as part of a two stage public vote, which will decide the ‘National Public Champions’ for each country.




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