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KBS graduates excel at Limerick retailers top Excellence Awards 2017

KBS graduates, Andrew and Sarah Moloney and their Limerick business, Hook and Ladder, triumphed in the annual Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) awards.

Hook and Ladder, an artisan cafe and cookery school, won the title of restaurant/coffee shop of the year.  The business was honoured at the ceremony, which is considered the biggest event in the annual retail calendar.

Andrew graduated from KBS, UL in 2015, with a degree majoring in Risk Management and Entrepreneurship, and Sarah graduated in 2010 with a qualification in Project Management from the Centre for Project Management, KBS, UL.

Some 500 business leaders from across Ireland were present.

Sarah Moloney, who runs Hook and Ladder; which also has satellite branches at Castletroy and Corbally said: "It is absolutely fantastic to win this. It is such a prestigious award, and to be able to put our business on the map is great as well. It is wonderful to be at the forefront again this year, and win another award".

Lyn Drumgoole, director of communications at Retail Excellence Ireland said: "Limerick has become a real centre for retail and we are delighted to award those who are at the fore of delivering superb service and retailing standards. All of the finalists and in particular the winners displayed the highest standard of service, customer engagement, display and levels of investment, which made choosing this year winners particularly difficult".

Hosted by Hector O hEochagin, the awards took place at Galway's Radisson Blu Hotel.

See the Limerick Leader for more details.