Computer software firm wins company of year award

VMware has been awarded the Cork Chamber Company of the Year at the chamber annual dinner held last night in Cork City Hall.

The Ballincollig-based cloud computing software company emerged as the overall company of the year as well as winning the large company of the year award.

Collecting the award on behalf of VMware, John Dolan, chief executive, said: “I’m delighted to receive this award from the Cork Chamber of Commerce on behalf of all my hard working colleagues in VMware.

“The award gives public recognition to the superb quality and can-do attitudes of the 700 employees within our organisation, and highlights the talent available to prospective employers in our region.”

The other two companies that won awards at the event were Contracting PLUS, who won the small- and medium-size enterprise award, and Keelvar Systems best emerging company.

Contracting PLUS are a specialist accounting company who assist contract workers in remaining tax compliant while they are working in different countries and tax codes.

Head of Contracting PLUS, Fergal Lennon, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by Cork Chamber and Vodafone, particularly in a year that has seen real growth in contracting and the flexible workforce in general. This is good news for Ireland Inc as the flexibility of our skilled workforce is a pull factor for further foreign direct investment.”

The winners of the emerging company of the year, Keelvar Systems, which provides innovative cost-saving procurement software, said the award was an endorsement of the disruptive technology that they have developed in UCC.

Managing director of Keelvar Systems, Alan Holland, said: “When a university spinout company such as Keelvar is bringing a key innovation to a mature sector such as procurement, this award gives more weight to our claims that we’re doing something very different here to drive cost efficiencies through improved bid data gathering and optimisation via smart algorithms.”

The president of Cork Chamber, John Mullins, said that the quality of the contestants this year was the highest it has ever been.

“The Cork Company of the Year Awards have gone from strength to strength and 2013 has seen the highest level of entrants across all categories, both in terms of quality and quantity.”

It has been a great experience to see first-hand the high levels of achievement that companies in the region have been reaching, offering excellent products and services to their customer base which in turn deliver economic growth locally and to Irelands reputation internationally,” he said.

Business and enterprise director with Vodafone Ireland, Anne O’Leary said, she was very impressed with the use of technology by all of the winning companies.

“One thing I’m particularly excited about is how much the winning businesses are utilising technology to forge ahead in the market place.”

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