26 May 2022

Manorhamilton company accredited with Innovative Wood Products

Manorhamilton company accredited with Innovative Wood

Mr. Kieran Ring, Deputy Chairperson of Judging Panel All Star Awards, Oliver Haslette, Chairman, Ronan Haslette, Managing Director, Corrina Maguire, General Manager from Merenda

Manorhamilton company Merenda were this week accredited with Innovative Wood Products Enterprise 2018-19.

Leading lights in Irish Business descended on Croke Park  recently for the Fourth Annual All-Ireland Business Summit powered by Audi, where a 1,000 strong audience from all 32 counties were captivated by the speakers who revealed their top secrets, confessions and the do’s and don’ts that have helped them achieve their business success.

The Business All-Stars competition final was one of the key elements of the summit. The Business
All-Stars is an annual competition designed to identify, recognise and accredit Irish companies and
individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12

Merenda was accredited with the All-Star Innovative Wood Products Enterprise 2018-19. Speaking at
the event, Kieran F. Ring, CEO Global Institute of Logistics, Deputy Chairperson Adjudication Panel
said, “The decision to designate Merenda with Innovative Wood Products Enterprise 2018-19 is based
on the score achieved in four rounds of intense competition.
"The application, supported by references, interviews and independent ratings from the ‘mystery
shopper’ process left the adjudication panel in no doubt that Merenda is richly deserving of this
accreditation. We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all concerned and we wish
you every success for the future.”

Merenda is a 34-year-old family business with an expertise in manufacturing wood veneer
component products for furniture manufacturers worldwide. They supply to 12 countries Worldwide
with an expert team of 22 people. The business is headquartered in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim in
the Northwest of Ireland.

In response to the announcement Ronan Haslette, Managing Director said, “On behalf of Merenda, I want to thank the All Star judging panel for this award. It is a great honour to be accredited as an Innovative Wood Products Enterprise. Achieving All-Stars accreditation is a great source of pride for all the Merenda team and we look forward to building on this award as we work towards our long term strategic business goals.

"This award is a reflection of the hard work and energy put in by the Merenda team to build a
successful, internationally focused export business in the heart of North Leitrim. The structure of
the competition required us to put our brand story on paper and gave us the opportunity to reflect
on who we are, our growth strategy and above all the value we create for our target audience.
The opportunity to hear first-hand feedback from our Judge-Mentor, our existing customers,
partners and suppliers through the reference module combined with the results from the mystery
shopper round was invaluable. We would like to thank all at the competition for making the effort to listen to our story, understand and accredit our business and above all help us to promote it.”

The competition finals benefited enormously from the atmosphere created at the All-Ireland Summit
which was driven by the three key pillars of knowledge sharing, facilitating new business
relationships and the continued improvement of business standards in Ireland. The All-Ireland
Summit improves year-on-year – like so many of the great teams to have graced the hallowed turf of
Croke Park.

Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick stated, “Merenda has demonstrated an ability to innovate and has impressive growth plans which no-doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of Irish entrepreneurs. Merenda bring a real inspiration for what is possible in business in Ireland and provide important role models for the many aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small firms."

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