National Q Mark Awards celebrates 50 years with two new categories

Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA pictured with Collette Brennan, Marketing Manager of eTravel at the announcement that eTravel and Virgin Atlantic will sponsor The National Q Mark Awards 2018
Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA pictured with Collette Brennan, Marketing Manager of eTravel at the announcement that eTravel and Virgin Atlantic will sponsor The National Q Mark Awards 2018

The National Q Mark Awards 2018 will take place on Friday September 28 at Dublin's Clayton Hotel. The event will celebrate 50 years of the EIQA by introducing two new awards, for pursuit and recognition of operational excllence the the realms of food safety and hygiene.

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10 August 2018 | 0

2018 is a special year for The National Q Mark Awards, as EIQA celebrates it 50th anniversary. The National Q Mark Hygiene & Food Safety Awards, sponsored by eTravel, Virgin Atlantic and the FSAI, will take place on Friday September 28 at Dublin’s Clayton Hotel. The coveted Q Mark awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of operational excellence.

The two new open categories for participants of the Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety programme will recognise those companies that have ‘continuous improvement’ at the very heart of their Food Safety Management System. These new awards are titled “Pursuit of Operational Excellence” and “Recognised for Operational Excellence” and the invitation to participate is based on the score achieved during the rigorous audit.  They are then required to complete a comprehensive submission document.

Speaking at the launch of these two new awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said the new food safety awards are not only about recognising the companies participating in the programme, they also pay tribute to the fantastic group of volunteers who originally set up the Irish Quality Control Association in 1968.  “The winners will receive not one but two trophies,” Collins said, “as there will also be a newly commissioned trophy that will be awarded annually and a trophy to be retained by the winning companies.

“People have worked long and hard to continually improve their operating standards and these new awards recognise that excellence really is a journey. This is an opportunity to recognise our history and celebrate the future our success.”

This year’s black-tie ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Jonathan Healy, presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm. More than 450 people from 135 companies will be in contention for the 27 awards, leading to very strong competition and exacting standards in the industry.

 

 

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