Family Business Awards Nominations for Ward Automation

Ward Automation have been shortlisted for two Energia Family Business Awards. The award categories are Manufacturing & Engineering Family Business of the Year and Innovative Family Business of the Year.

Ward Automation were one of the first automation company’s in Ireland established in 1995. The company has grown from strength to strength, starting out with medical devices and moving into the pharmaceutical industry.

Managing Director John Ward tributes the company’s success to his team “We’ve been supported by a lot of strong staff over the years. We hired our first two people back in 1996, and they’re still with us today. We have a lot of people who’ve been with us for a long time.”

Now, at the age of 62, Ward is preparing the business for the next generation. “Ours is very much a family business,” he said. “My wife Celine started the business with me. Our daughter and our three sons, are all involved. I’m 62 now, so they’re really running the show at this stage, doing the heavy lifting. Being able to pass the company on to them is very important to me.”

The resilience and adaptability of family run businesses across Ireland during the recent pandemic is to be recognised at this year’s Energia Family Business Awards. The event, which was postponed due to Covid-19, celebrates generations of families who work together.

The virtual awards will take place on 18th October 2021.

This years theme ‘Resilience through generations’ aims to recognise the most adaptable family businesses across the country and those who are helping keep the wider SME sector alive.

Speaking about the Family Business Awards, Alan Mulcahy, Head of Sales at Energia said: “Irish family businesses have experienced unprecedented challenges over the past year. The lifeblood of communities across Ireland, their resilience has been an instrumental part of the broader national effort to combat the impacts of the pandemic. Therefore, as we continue what is a hopeful reopening of our society and economy, the timing of these awards is fitting. As a founding supporter of the Family Business Awards, we are delighted to once again be able to celebrate the best of indigenous Irish businesses and wish all the finalists every success”.

The virtual ceremony aims to honour these businesses who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to thrive and grow.

See the full list of shortlisted businesses.

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