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Business leaders convene to celebrate return of live gala event for Business & Finance Awards in April

By Business & Finance
11 November 2021
Business and Finance, Irish Business Awards 2021, in association with KPMG. November 2021
Back in Business – 2021 Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG, returns to live gala ceremony on the 12th April 2022 in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Pictured from left to right: Ian Hyland, President & Publisher, Catalyst Media Group; Imelda Hurley, CEO, Coillte; Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec; Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland; Estelle Davis, Managing Partner, Brightwater Executive; Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland; Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland. Photo taken at KPMG Innovation Hub Platform X.

Senior leaders celebrate the expansion and growth of the 2021 Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG, which includes a new Environmental, Social and Governance category sponsored by Coillte and the return to a live gala Awards ceremony on 12th April 2022 at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

The categories for the prestigious awards which honour and celebrate the very best in Irish and International business include 2021 Company of the Year in association with KPMG; Business Person of the Year in association with KPMG; Elevation Award in association with Enterprise Ireland; FDI of the Year in association with IDA Ireland, the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award in association with Indeed, now in its third year, and the newly introduced Environmental, Social & Governance category in association with Coillte.

Speaking at the launch of the awards at KPMG’s Innovation Hub Platform X, Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland, said of the awards: “It has been really amazing to witness the resilience and determination but also the innovation and ambition of so many Irish based companies that, notwithstanding a challenging environment, have enjoyed tremendous success over the course of the last 18 months. At KPMG we admire these companies, their teams and the leaders that drive them and are privileged to be associated with these awards that recognise their achievements.  We look forward to being able to celebrate all of these stories of success and send our best wishes to each of the awards participants.”

The 2021 Business & Finance Awards will honour a number of luminaries during the gala ceremony with the presentation of the TK Whitaker Award and Sutherland Leadership Awards. It has been announced that the 2021 recipient of the Sutherland Leadership Award will be Henry (Hank) Paulson, 74th US Secretary of the Treasury & Founder of the Paulson Institute.

Back in Business – 2021 Business & Finance Awards, in association with KPMG, returns to live gala ceremony on the 12th April 2022 in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photo taken at KPMG Innovation Hub Platform X.


The Sutherland Leadership Award was established in 2018 with the support of the Sutherland Family to recognise outstanding international leaders who have embodied the values of one of Ireland’s and Europe’s finest leaders, Peter Sutherland. Since its inception, The Sutherland Leadership Award has recognised José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission and Mario Draghi former President of the European Central Bank. 

Imelda Hurley, CEO, Coillte, spoke about their support of the new ESG category. 

“Living through a climate and biodiversity crisis means that how we do business, support environmental sustainability, deliver for society and enable strong governance has never been more important. At Coillte, we’re focused on creating a sustainable future by balancing the multiple benefits of forestry; forests for climate, for nature, for wood and for people. As a result, ESG is central to everything we do and that is why we’re delighted to be associated with this Business & Finance Award, which will recognise organisations making an exceptional contribution and progress in ESG at a pivotal moment for our planet.”

Ian Hyland, publisher of Business & Finance, spoke about the Awards programme, saying: “The 2021 Business & Finance Awards Programme will embrace and reflect the dynamic global market in which Irish businesses operate, particularly in a post-COVID world. This year’s awards will follow and recognise outstanding entrepreneurs, business leaders and leadership teams on their journey into what is now a new normal for business.”

Photo taken at KPMG Innovation Hub Platform X.


Nominations for this year’s Awards Programme are open until 12th November. Nominations are chosen as part of the Business & Finance monthly acknowledgements of Company of the Month, Business Person of the Month and FDI of the Month as well as nominations from our judging panel. If you wish to submit a nomination contact you can find the nomination form on the website.

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