Top honours for Dublin North West Area Partnership at The National Q Mark awards

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 O’Sullivan, 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.