Dublin North West Area Partnership was nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award for their Quality Management System at this year’s National Q Mark Awards. This nomination means they were in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland. The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. This was a very special year for the Q Mark Awards as the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) celebrate 50 years trading
Dublin North West Area Partnership is a Not for Profit Local Development Company working to address issues of poverty and social exclusion. We support and encourage local people to create positive change in their communities through the delivery of a range of Community Development, Education, Employment and Enterprise programmes. “I am immensely privileged to work with our clients and community groups to empower them to realise their potential through personal development, life- long learning, and employment opportunities. Management and staff are fully committed to providing the highest levels of service and to keeping our clients front and centre in all we do. Transparency and accountability are values that are infused through every system and programme in the organisation͟.” Said Berni D’Arcy, Education and Employment Programme Manager
CEO of Dublin Northwest Area Partnership, Michael Bowe was also delighted to be nominated in this category and extended his “congratulations to Southside Partnership (winner) and Kildare Local Employment Service who were nominated in the Recognised for Excellence Category and to Ballyhoura Development who won the Pursuit for Excellence Category.”
Photo by Conor McCabe: Soraid McEntee from the EIQA pictured with Dublin North West Area Partnership Included are: Michael Bowe, Una Caulfield, Berni Darcy, Triona OSullivan, Orla Hicks, Sharon Jordan, Shane Callanan, Dianne Temple, Jessica Laird, Richard Shanahan at The National Q Mark Awards, Dublin.
Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence and celebrating 50 years, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Companies who achieve a National Q Mark Award nomination are fully immersed in continuous improvement. There’s no end point where they can rest on their laurels, and that includes digging deep into their Quality Management System and asking themselves and their colleagues if there are ways to improve how they use it. The Q Mark Award nomination clearly tells their customer’s that the highest standards of Quality and Excellence are at the heart of their business”.
The National Q Mark Awards 2018 were presented by EIQA and officiated by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD on September 28th at the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The Master of Ceremonies on the night was inimitable broadcaster Jonathan Healy and almost 600 people representing 140 companies attended the formal black-tie ceremony. The evening was filled with celebration but also a heady anticipation as many familiar faces waited for the final results to be announced.