Dalata, Ireland’s largest hotel group, has won The Irish Times Company of the Year Award, sponsored by KPMG. The hotel group, which is headquartered in Sandyford, announced 13 per cent growth in profits before tax to more than €87 million for 2018 in addition to revenue growth of almost 12 per cent to €394 million. Dalata beat expectations by outperforming the Dublin market while ploughing ahead with its growth in the UK, where it has ambitious plans to expand. The second annual Irish Times Business Awards, which are run in association with KPMG, recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in Irish business. The award was accepted on behalf of Dalata by the company’s Deputy CEO’s Dermot Crowley and Stephen McNally. The other nominees for the award included Stripe, Glanbia and Irish American pharma group Amarin.

A second Dublin firm, fledgling food company Strong Roots won the Local Enterprise of the Year Award.
The Company, which was founded by Dubliner Sam Dennigan in 2015 with the aim of revolutionising the frozen food category, won the award for its successful expansion into the UK.
Strong Roots specialises in healthy frozen vegetable products and its range includes kale and quinoa burgers, roasted beetroot wedges and sweet potato fries.
John and Patrick Collison, founders of online payments company Stripe, won the 2019 Irish Times Business Person of the Year Award while Breege O’Donoghue, a former senior executive of leading fast fashion retailer Primark/Penneys, won the Top 1,000 Distinguished Leader in Business Award.
In his address to over 300 guests at the Mansion House, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said; “Ireland’s recovery in recent years is, among other thing, inextricably linked to the willingness of successful companies and exceptional individuals to work hard and embrace innovation. They are at the forefront of helping to build an Ireland that will continue to prosper in our rapidly changing world. This is evidenced in the winners of, and all those who took part in, the Irish Times Business awards, in association with KPMG. There is much to be celebrated and acknowledged in respect of the companies and individuals who have excelled this past year and tonight is fitting recognition of their combined achievements.”
Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times, paid tribute to all the nominees who he said would act as role models for aspiring business leaders. Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland, said the company was delighted to support these awards which recognise outstanding leadership and achievement.
For more information go to http://www.irishtimes.com/businessawards
Pictured; Company of the Year award to Dermot Crowley and Stephen McNally both Deputy CEOs at Dalata