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.
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.
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.
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