Quayside Shopping Centre Named All Ireland All-Star Shopping Centre of the Year for 2020

Quayside Shopping Centre has been honored with Business All-star accreditation for the second year in a row!

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The Sligo based business was accredited the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation and was named All Ireland All-Star Shopping Centre of the Year for 2020 at a virtual ceremony held today 30th September by AIBF, The All Ireland Business Foundation!

As one of the leading retail destinations in the North West, Quayside Shopping Centre, is ideally located in the heart of Sligo Town.

Opened in 2005, Quayside Shopping Centre offers 400 customer car parking spaces and 130,000 Sq.ft of retail space spread over four trading levels. In total the centre boasts 43 Retail Units, 12 Office Suites and 89 Residential units.

With its unique combination of open streets and covered malls, Quayside Shopping Centre is designed to meet the requirements of modern retailers and provide customers with a relaxed, safe and convenient shopping experience.

Christine Dolan, Centre Manager of Quayside Shopping Centre says, “On behalf of all the staff at Quayside Shopping Centre in Sligo, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and delight at not only receiving our second year in a row, back to back business All Star Accreditation, but now also being named as the All-Ireland All-Star Shopping Centre of the Year for 2020.

It gives us a great source of pride to know that we are the first shopping centre in Ireland to achieve this highly coveted award, especially as we enter into our 15th year of business’’

She says, “To be recognised for this award is a huge honour to each of our retailers and reflects the quality of service that is provided to customers on a daily basis. The audit process that led to the accreditation really stretched us and it gave us a good opportunity to reflect on who we are. Through the process, we also received valuable feedback about our operations as a whole.’’

She says: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have been identified as the best-in-class Shopping Centre in Ireland and look forward to continuing to meet and indeed exceed the standards set by the All-Star programme. In the retail industry, you rarely get a thank you and everyone here has been working so hard through COVID-19. To us, this accreditation is someone saying thank you which we appreciate so much.’’

This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.

The accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.

“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors,” she said.

“We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.

“The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is responsible for overseeing the All-Ireland Business Summit and All-Star awards, ongoing All-Star accreditation, Thought Leader awards and promoting peer dialogue among members.

The process to select the next group of Business All-Star accredited companies has begun and further information is available at businessallstars.ie