Johnny Burnett, Britvic with Ciaran Conway from Merrins Gala, Gary Desmond, CEO Gala and Aoibhin Garrihy
Four Gala convenience stores from throughout Kildare have been awarded the Gala B.E.S.T Award for excellence in retail at the 2018 Gala Annual Conference and B.E.S.T Awards at The Killashee Hotel in Naas.
The conference marked a celebration of 20 years in business for the Gala Retail Group, celebrating the achievements of the Group and its retailers.
The B.E.S.T. Award is granted to outstanding stores following a comprehensive and independent assessment process under the Gala Business Excellence Standards Tool programme. The awards ceremony was MC’d by TV personality and actress, Aoibhín Garrihy and featured entertainment from actor and comedian, Ristéard Cooper.
Worrell’s Gala, Kildangan; Gala, Athgarvan; Kings Gala, Prosperous And Merrins Gala in Naas were all awarded B.E.S.T Awards at the event with Merrins Gala also taking home a Special Merit Award for store owner, Sean Merrins.
Speaking at the conference, Gala CEO, Gary Desmond, said: “We offer our congratulations to all of the Kildare stores who have been recognised for excellence in retailing in the Gala Group’s 20th year in business.
“These stores provide a fantastic service to their customers, day in, day out and are amongst the B.E.S.T retailers in the Gala Group. We wish all our award winners from Kildare another successful year and look forward to celebrating their future successes.’’
The Gala annual conference brings together all of the retailers in the Gala Group for an inspirational event with motivational speeches, a trade fair and an update on the Gala business and new initiatives.
During the conference, Gala’s CEO, Gary Desmond, thanked Gala retailers for their ongoing commitment and excellence in retailing over the years and looked back at the key milestones and activities that have aided in the Group’s growth and continued success.
At last year’s conference, the Group announced its biggest-ever investment in marketing – a €1 million commitment to its #GalaGifts marketing activity which was created to thank and reward Gala consumers and the communities they operate in for their continued loyalty and support through the years.
The #GalaGifts continue as November sees the Group launch its biggest in-store promotion yet. With a prize fund of €300,000, Gala customers will have the chance to win brand new cars and 150,000 instant prizes.
As 2018 comes to a close, Gala continues its commitment to Special Olympics Ireland and following on from the Special Olympics Ireland Games which took place in June, the Group will support Team Ireland athletes in their journey to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019.