October 2018

Q-Mark Awards Double Win

A golden year for the business Oscars of quality and excellence

Roadbridge scoops Q-Mark Civil Engineering Group of the Year and Q-Mark Award for Best Food Services team in Ireland for Hygiene & Food Safety

The National Q Mark Awards | Friday September 28th | Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4

Roadbridge has won the overall National Q Mark title for Q Mark Civil Engineering Group of the Year sponsored by Asystec  and the Best Food Services team in Ireland for Hygiene & Food Safety, at The National Q Mark Awards 2018.  Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.

Irene Collins Managing Director of EIQA pictured with Joe Montgomery from Asystec presenting the Q Mark Award for Quality Management Systems Outstanding Performance to Peter Byrne and team from Roadbridge 

Roadbridge  is  one  of  Ireland’s  largest  civil  engineering  contractors,  employing  over  700  people.    They’ve been  involved  in  some  of  the  country’s  largest  infrastructural  projects  over  their 50-year  history and always  strive  to  excel  on  projects.   At  least  70%  of  the  workforce  on  Roadbridge projects  are  employed  directly  rather  than  using  Subcontractors,  which  is  the  way  the  majority  of  construction  companies  are  moving.

 Speaking shortly after the win, Peter Byrne – Quality & Environmental Manager stated “these awards are a fantastic validation of the efforts made by our people each and every day.  Getting to this level is no accident, it is simply down to the hard work and dedication of people throughout the organisation.”

“Having been  successful  in  winning  an  award  in  2014,  we  have  seen  first-hand  the  advantages  it  brings  to  our  dealings  with  potential  customers  and  has  been  a  very  valuable  asset  in  our  tenders.    Quite  simply,  it  is  worth  the  time  and  effort,  and  is  excellent  value  for  money.” said Conor  Gilligan  –  Managing  Director

“Winning  the  prestigious  Q  Mark  Award  in  Hygiene  &  Food  Safety  validates  our  efforts  to  provide  safe  food  through  an  independent  auditor  who  has  verified  our  commitment  and  has  recognised  our  efforts.  This in  turn  demonstrates  to  our  Clients  and  Customers  our  commitment  to  Food  Hygiene  and  Food  Safety” said   Caroline  Mulcahy  –  Food  Safety  Manager

Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, 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 “Collective responsibility for high operational standards has yielded a fantastic result for Peter, Caroline & their teams…increased contracts and a much coveted Q Mark Trophy. A fantastic result!”

Siobhan, Ann Marie, Caroline and Stella proudly displaying our awards

The National Q Mark Awards 2018 were presented by EIQA and officiated by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD.  This is a very special year for The Q Mark Awards as EIQA celebrate their 50th anniversary and the Master of Ceremonies on the night was inimitable broadcaster Jonathan Healy.  Almost 600 people representing 140 companies attended a formal black-tie ceremony in competition for one of only 27 awards presented. The evening was filled with celebration but also a heady anticipation as many familiar faces waited for the final results to be announced.

Headline sponsors this year were eTravel, Virgin Atlantic and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  Award sponsors included Noel Recruitment, Skillsteam, Shelflife Magazine, JBM Merit Solutions, Solus, Aszstec, Bluemoon Communications and The Irish Independent.  Funds were raised on the night for CanTeen Ireland and were much appreciated and celebrations went on into the early hours.

EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1968. They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally.  EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark which identifies its various certifications, namely: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centres, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE)