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Primark among Winners In Ireland France Awards

Valeo Vision Systems and OpenHydro also picked up gongs

PrimarkValeo Vision Systems and OpenHydro were announced the winners of the2015 Ireland France Business Awards at a ceremony in in Paris last weekend.

Organised by Network Irlande and the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC), the Ireland France Business Awards were attended by over 150 representatives from the Franco-Irish business community.

Retail giant Primark, which entered the French market only a few years ago in December 2013, was awarded the title of ‘Best Irish Company in France’. In addition to its five existing stores in France, plans are underway to develop a further nine new stores across the country.

Primark was commended for its adoption of a ‘Buddy-Up’ system which leveraged Irish and British contractors to train French construction companies to take on projects independently.

Valeo Vision Systems received the award for ‘Best French Company in Ireland’, while the special award for ‘Impact on Climate Change’, which recognises efforts made by French and Irish companies to preserve the environment, was given to OpenHydro.

Runners up in the awards included JCDecaux Ireland and Smurfit Kappa.

Speaking about the awards, director of the FICC, Cliona McGowan, said: “The France Ireland Business Awards is a celebration of Franco-Irish business and is an important occasion to acknowledge French and Irish companies which are expanding and excelling outside their country of origin.”


Pictured are (from left) Clem Garvey, President NetworkIrlande; Geraldine Byrne Nason, Irish Ambassador to France; Fergus Moyles, director, Valeo Vision Systems; Christine Loizy, director general, Primark France; Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador to Ireland, and Joanne Grant, president of France Ireland Chamber of Commerce

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