Docklands celebrates and makes strong pitch for maritime tourism

2016 Docklands Business Awards

Celebration and optimism were evident at The Gibson Hotel in Point Village on Thursday, 24th November, when ten companies were recognised and honoured in the 2016 Docklands Business Awards, and where the next phase of development of Dublin Docklands was anticipated with enthusiasm. Now in its sixth year, the Docklands Business Awards event is arranged by localbusiness network Docklands Business Forum. In front of an audience of over 200 members of the local business community, as well as Regina Doherty TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Government Chief Whip, companies from different industries, at different stages and of different scale received awards that highlight the diverse enterprise that continues to support and motivate the development of Dublin Docklands.

Among the winners were worldwide accommodation firm AirBnB, Irish accountancy firm KPMG, new museum Epic Ireland, the Brasserie at The Marker Hotel and start-up Hiri who won awards in the Exporter of Goods or Services, Responsible Business, Innovator, Foodie and Start Up categories. True to its ethos of motivating co-operation between business and public and voluntary agencies, the organisers included also a category for Public Service that was won by CoderDojo for its success in motivating volunteerism in the Docklands tech sector and in inspiring local children to learn to code.

In a function room resplendent with the computer generated images of the office and residential developments in the pipeline for Dublin Docklands, Alan Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Docklands Business Forum, said that 23,000 additional employees and up to 8,000 additional residents were expected in the area within the next five years. Looking even further ahead, he referred to five kilometres of navigable waterway on the River Liffey and the Grand Canal Basin and the potential for maritime tourism; he said: Dublin Port have done a fantastic job in developing the cruise tourism business; as a next step, we have the opportunity to develop the eastern end of the river and the Grand Canal Basin as a maritime tourism quarter.” 

Referring to the Docklands Summer Festival and the Dublin Port Riverfest both organised by Docklands Business Forum – he said: “We could give the city a more permanent maritime tourism opportunity that would attract yachts from all over the world and bring jobs back and that would have huge potential for significant economic contribution.” He informed that the elected members of Dublin City Council had endorsed the proposal from Docklands Business Forum in connection with development of the Grand Canal Basin and said: Our vision is that Dublin Docklands can become a go to destination for boating enthusiasts that would bring Dun Laoghaire or Howth-like maritime life into our city centre. He added: We already have the hotels, the entertainment venues and the public transportation links to sustain it.”

Dublin Docklands has undergone a remarkable transformation and now supports up to over 40,000 high-level jobs – these include over 30,000 jobs within multi-national companies and an additional 5,000 in the SMEs that provide goods and services within the micro economy. Docklands Business Forum is focused on supporting enterprise in Dublin Docklands and on promoting Docklands as a place to work, live and visit. 

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Notes to the Editor

The winners of the 2016 Docklands Business Awards were as follows; 

Innovator Award – sponsored by Local Enterprise Office Dublin City Council

Epic Ireland

Start Up Award – sponsored by Bo Concept 


Enterprise Award – sponsored by Epic Ireland & CHQ Building

Dogpatch Labs

Foodie Award – sponsored by Bord Bia  

Brasserie at The Marker

Lifestyle Award – sponsored by Fáilte Ireland

Club Vitae at The Clayton Hotel

Professional Services Award – sponsored by Dublin Port

The Convention Centre Dublin

Responsible Business Award – sponsored by Savills


Exporter of Goods or Services Award – sponsored by Google 


Local Business Award – sponsored by AIB Bank 

Bank of Ireland 

Public Service Award – sponsored by St Patrick’s Credit Union