Top honours for Bluebird Care Carlow at The National Q Mark awards

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Soraid McEntee from the EIQA pictured with Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny & Waterford Eric Delaney, Brian Egan at The National Q Mark Awards, Dublin

Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford was nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award for their Quality Management System at this year’s National Q Mark Awards. 

This nomination means they were in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland. 

The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence.  This was a very special year for the Q Mark Awards as the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) celebrate 50 years trading.

Bluebird  Care  Carlow,  Kilkenny  and  Waterford  is  leading  provider  of  Care  &  Support  services  for  people  of  all  ages  and  we  pride  ourselves  and  delivering  our  services  to  the  highest  quality  standards. 

"Being  nominated  again  for  a  Q  Mark  award  reassures  us  that  we  are  delivering  a quality  service  and  this  is  so  important," said Annmarie  Nolan–  Care  Coordinator

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: "Companies who achieve a National Q Mark Award nomination are fully immersed in continuous improvement.

"There’s no end point where they can rest on their laurels, and that includes digging deep into their Quality Management System and asking themselves and their colleagues if there are ways to improve how they use it.

"The Q Mark Award nomination clearly tells their customer’s that the highest standards of Quality and Excellence are at the heart of their business."

The National Q Mark Awards 2018 were presented by EIQA and officiated by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. 

The Master of Ceremonies on the night was inimitable broadcaster Jonathan Healy and almost 600 people representing 140 companies attended the formal black-tie ceremony.

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, Asystec, 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)