Kilkeel firm achieves All-Star award

CAPTION: Christopher & Ossie Wallace of Bedwin Soft Furnishings receiving Business All-Star Accreditation from Dr Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

A COUNTY Down company has achieved a quality mark signifying it meets the highest standard of service and trust.

Kilkeel-based Bedwin Soft Furnishing were awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation at Croke Park this week.

All-Star accreditation is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.

The accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired 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 said the accreditation, which is now held by 300 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.

“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness, and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors,” she said.

“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 is responsible for overseeing the All-Ireland Business Summit and All-Star awards, ongoing All-Star accreditation, Thought Leader awards and promoting peer dialogue among members.

Keith Barry and a host of top speakers will turn Scaling For Success from illusion to reality at the Foundation’s fifth All-Ireland Business Summit at Croke Park on Thursday, May 2.

As a leading expert in influence and persuasion, Keith will reveal how to unleash subconscious potential, exceed business expectations and communicate ideas at the largest annual cross-sector gathering of indigenous companies.

The theme for this year’s summit is Scaling for Success and over a thousand delegates will hear outstanding speakers on the day, including global performance psychology expert Jamil Qureshi.