Two Chadwicks’ branches in Dublin secure all-island awards for builders merchants

by Rose Barrett
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Chadwicks branches in Coolock and Thomas Street have won two out of eleven main awards at a prestigious award night for builders merchants throughout Ireland.

The Coolock branch won the Excellence in Business Management Award while Chadwicks Thomas Street won the Excellence in Community Outreach Award in what was the first-ever all-island Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards.

Haldane Fisher Newry won the overall Octabuild Award for Excellence as well as the Northern Ireland Regional Award while other winners came from Galway, Longford, Louth, Meath and Waterford.

The Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards ceremony was held last month at a gala event in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.

It was attended by over 300 guests including shortlisted merchants and representatives of the builders merchant trade from across the country. The event was hosted by the eight Octabuild members, Dulux, Etex, Glennon Brothers, Grant Engineering, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation and Wavin.

Guest of honour at the awards was Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, TD. Congratulating all the winners the Minister said: I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners at this year’s awards.  This is the first year the awards were held on an all-island basis and I want to commend the organisers and Octabuild Chairperson, Ray Molyneaux for such a great event. 

“These are a unique set of awards designed to promote excellence within the Irish builders merchants industry and highlight the importance of the industry to the wider construction and building sector.”

Since these prestigious awards were first introduced in 1986, this is the first year they have been held on an all-island basis. Previously awards were held in Ireland and Northern Ireland on alternate years.

This year builders merchants competed for four Regional Awards, five Individual Category Awards and a Rising Star Award, which acknowledged up-and-coming talent in the industry.

Chadwick’s Coolock impressed the judges with its excellent well-run store, very tidy and well stocked with products nicely displayed and clearly priced. 

The judges noted: “It is bright and well branded. Its management and staff meetings are based on identifying ‘What is working, what is not working and what can we change’

“A strong emphasis is placed on the home refurbishment / upgrade sector with over 1,000 new products available. The hire centre is a key department and carries a wide range of plant.”

Octabuild Chairperson, Ray Molyneaux said: “It’s important for Octabuild that the Awards highlight to the building and construction industry the excellence of Irish builders merchants amidst its ever-changing landscape. Congratulations to all finalists and winners from all over the country who represented absolute excellence in the industry.”

Octabuild chairperson, Ray Molyneaux (left) presenting the Octabuild Excellence in Community Outreach Award 2022 to Mark Cleary, Chadwicks Thomas Street

According to the judges the Chadwicks Thomas Street presence in the area is highly valued and respected through its great involvement in the day-to-day affairs of the local area.

“The team at Thomas Street make huge efforts to support the local community through a plethora of local sports activity, clubs and associations such as the Oliver Bond Football Club, and Oliver Bond Sensory Garden. It also supports the International Day of Charity and Dress for Success where its support enabled the opening of a clothes shop with all funds going to assist women getting back into the workplace”.

“The Chadwicks Thomas Street branch has displayed great ingenuity and can be justifiably proud of their record in making the branch a true Icon in the field of Community Outreach,” said the judges.

Commenting on the quality of the entries, Chair of the independent Judging Panel, Liam O’Gorman, said: “It is evident that the industry has evolved hugely and that merchants have led the way in embracing this changed landscape. These merchants have transformed their processes, systems and operations to reflect this new way of doing business.”

In total eleven awards were presented at the awards ceremony including an Octabuild Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Brian Wogan, Dunleer Hardware, Dunleer, Co Louth.

Feature photo shows Octabuild Chair, Ray Molyneaux (left) presenting the Octabuild Excellence in Business Management Award 2022 to Orla Griffith and Peter Caufield, Chadwicks Coolock 

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