Business & Finance Awards

Launch of 2023 Business & Finance Awards

By Business & Finance
16 May 2023
Pictured (L–R): John Jordan, CEO, Ornua; Frances Ruane, Chairperson of the Judging Panel; Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland, and Ian Hyland, President & CEO, Business & Finance

The build up to the Business & Finance Awards 2023 in association with KPMG has begun. This is the 49th iteration of the awards which will take place on December 8th at The Convention Centre Dublin.

Business & Finance Awards 2023

A recent photocall brought together key contributors and leading Irish business figures in anticipation of this year’s Business & Finance Awards. 

John Jordan, CEO, Ornua, who won the prestigious Company of the Year Award at last year’s ceremony, joined Frances Ruane, Chairperson of the judging panel, Ian Hyland, President & CEO, Business & Finance, and Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG Ireland for a photocall event.

“Over five decades Business & Finance has championed entrepreneurs, business leaders and their leadership teams in addition to some of the most outstanding international, political and social catalysts of our time,” said Ian Hyland.

“I believe it is vital that we recognise and celebrate the achievements of the business community in both a domestic and global context. In so doing it is with great expectation that we launch the 49th annual Business & Finance Awards Programme with our partners KPMG.”

Seamus Hand also commented on the significance of the awards:

“The Business & Finance awards recognise truly amazing achievements in our business community which is testament to both the excellence of past winners and the importance attached to celebrating these achievements.”

“We are really proud of our association with these awards and we wish all the participants the very best as we begin the countdown to this year’s search for Ireland’s best companies and their leaders.”

History of the awards 

Business & Finance was launched in 1964 as Ireland’s first business magazine, with the Awards programme established a decade later.

The Business & Finance Awards is Ireland’s premier business awards programme and includes among its previous honourees outstanding leaders of our time across business, politics and wider society.

This includes former United States President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President Michael D. Higgins, former ECB President Mario Draghi, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, and Sir Bob Geldof, among others.


From May 16th, interested parties can go to the Business & Finance Awards website to complete and submit their application. Submissions will close on July 21st. 

Company of the Year: Companies eligible for the Company of the Year Awards in association with KPMG are Irish businesses who, along with having a significant impact in Ireland, operate with an international focus and have annual revenue exceeding €250 million. 

Business Person of the Year: The Business Person of the Year Award, in association with KPMG, recognises an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement across his/her/their career over the past year. 

Elevation: Companies eligible for the Business & Finance Elevation Award in association with Enterprise Ireland are Irish-businesses operating with an international focus along with having a significant impact in Ireland and an annual revenue ceiling of €250 million. 

FDI Company of the Year: The FDI Company of the Year in association with IDA Ireland is awarded to an international company with significant investments in Ireland, while also having an impact on Irish life both economically and socially. 

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DE&I): The Business & Finance Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award will recognise a company that is at the forefront of improving the lives of their employees while also enhancing the civic environment in which they operate. 

ESG Business of the Year Award: The Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) category will recognise companies making exceptional contributions across ESG in having a clear strategy across environmental, social and governance indicators. This category is not associated with the “Business & Finance ESG Awards”.

Global and national figures who have made outstanding contributions to business and public life will be honoured with special recognition awards. This includes the TK Whitaker, Sutherland and Brand Ireland award. You can view previous honourees and winners here.


Watch now: Rachael Blackmore honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Brand Ireland Award at Business & Finance Awards

Diversity and ESG recognised at Business & Finance Awards 2022

Imelda Hurley and Ornua receive accolades at Business & Finance Awards 2022 in association with KPMG