Friendly Business Awards To Take Place At National JCI Ireland Conference

The Friendly Business Awards is JCI Ireland's flagship business programme where we recognise the pivotal role small businesses play in our local community.

The Friendly Business Awards seek to recognize and celebrate those businesses that go the “extra mile” by continuing to enhance the customer experience without compromising on customer service. As we live in challenging times for small businesses, the aim of the Friendly Business Awards is to celebrate the value these businesses bring to our local communities every day and recognise those that excel in serving the needs of the local community and play a vital role in its development.

JCI (Junior Chamber International) is a non-profit organization and global network of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 from across the globe that are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. JCI provides its members with training and leadership opportunities, networking, social events and projects in their local community, and the chance to develop themselves both professionally and personally.

The format of the Friendly Business Awards is as follows. Each member of the public nominates businesses in their locality across each of the categories listed below.


  • Community Impact
  • Customer Care
  • Digital Experience
  • Disability Access
  • Eco-Friendliness
  • Age Friendly
  • Shop Layout and Design

These businesses are then assessed against a specific set of criteria for each category before being reviewed and adjudicated on by an expert panel. The local winners for each category and the overall winner are then announced at a special awards ceremony.

Each JCI Branch then puts forward a short list of local winners to be considered for JCI Ireland National Friendly Business Awards, which will take place at the JCI Ireland National Convention.

There is a Public Vote & a judging panel for the National Friendly Business Awards. The National Awards Ceremony takes place during the National JCI Ireland Conference from the 11th to the 13th of October 2019. This year the conference will be hosted by JCI Mayo.

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