Business All-Star Accreditation: Distinguishing the best in class in Irish business

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is a national body which accredits best-in-class Irish businesses as Business All-Stars. We believe best-in-class companies should be clearly identifiable so consumers can purchase with confidence from All-Star accredited businesses.

The Foundation promotes its accredited businesses to consumers, offering confidence and reassurance in purchase decisions. The Foundation offers businesses the opportunity to collaborate and support each other by membership of the foundation's TRIBE – The Register of Irish Business Excellence: An honour roll of companies and leaders with a proven commitment to business excellence.

Business All-Star accredited companies are progressive, indigenous Irish businesses which meet the highest standards of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. Only companies which successfully navigate the Foundation's six-step adjudication process (see below) display the Business All-Star Symbol.

Achieving Business All-Star accreditation is a powerful way to gain trust and raise the profile of your business.

The rigour of the assessment gives customers the assurance that accredited companies are genuinely outstanding. Applicants which successfully pass all its stages are officially announced as ‘All-Star accredited’ at a gold medal accreditation ceremony.

Are you up for the All-Star challenge?
The search for the class of 2018-19 has begun. If you think your business is an All-Star, register your interest in taking part today.

Feedback from Business All-Star Accredited companies

Why apply for All-Star Accreditation?

Adjudication process

The 2018 Judging panel is Chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The chairs are supported by a panel of industry experts.

Scorecard

The scorecard parameters of the accreditation process are based on extensive research and have been developed under the guidance of Dr Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of logistics. The programme is carefully reviewed annually by our independent adjudication panel to ensure it remains comprehensive and up to date.

 

Steps to accreditation

The three pillars of All-Star Accreditation process

 

The three pillars of All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation are Performance, Trust and Customer Centricity. Each requirement within the three areas must be satisfied to become accredited as a Business All-Star.

You know your business has star quality – now's your chance to prove it.
Registration is open for the 2018-19 Business All-Star accreditation programme. Get the ball rolling here today.

FAQ’s - Business All-Star Accreditation

Business All-Star Accreditation – How it works?

1How does the Business All-Star Accreditation system work?
The Accreditation System is based on a Score Card consisting of 100 points. Points are allocated against the three pillars of All-Star Accreditation:
1. Performance (30 Points)
2. Trust (20 Points)
3. Customer Centricity (20 Points)
A final 30 Points are available based on a review of the application by the adjudication panel. Companies that achieve 75 or more points will qualify for Business All-Star Accreditation.
2Who is eligible for Business All-Star accreditation?
Business All-Star Accreditation is open to companies and individuals (Thought Leader Accreditation) who take pride in the quality of their work and the satisfaction of their clients.
Registered businesses based in Ireland who have been in operation for at least 2 years are eligible to apply. It is open to all sizes and industry categories.
3What are the steps in the accreditation process?
REGISTRATION -Interested companies first register their interest with the Foundation. The Foundation undertakes preliminary research on each company to determine their suitability for the Accreditation.

APPLICATION - Companies that successfully get through the registration process are passed to a member of the adjudication panel and are invited to complete the online application form.

REVIEW (30 Points)

The application form is reviewed by the adjudication panel and arrangements are made for a telephone interview between a member of the adjudication panel and a founder, owner or director of the applicant company. Your application is worth 30 points, a minimum of 22.5 points from this stage are required to go to the next phase. You will be informed at the end of the telephone interview on how you have scored and your eligibility for the next round.

VERIFICATION (40 Points)

Companies that successfully navigate the application and review stage qualify for the verification phase in the process. During this phase, your application will be reviewed which will include;
  • Further scrutiny of the application
  • Reference Check (20 Points)
  • Incognito Contact: A potential customer will interact with your organization anonymously (20 Points)
Your company will be contacted by a member of the adjudication panel to discuss and share the results of your performance in the verification round. A minimum of 30 points of the 40 available are needed to progress to the final round. You will be informed at the end of the review on how you have scored and your eligibility for the last round.

PANEL REVIEW: (30 Points)

In this round, your performance in total will be reviewed by the accreditation board. You will need to achieve enough points to exceed the 75 points required for accreditation.

You will be informed at the end of the review on how you have scored and whether or not you have been approved to receive Business All-Star Accreditation.

ACCREDITATION PRESENTATION

Successful companies on receiving confirmation of their accreditation and paying the applicable fees, will be invited to the accreditation ceremony which takes place on Wednesday, December 12th at Croke Park. You will be presented with your Business All-Star Commemorative Medal and Certificate. High-quality photographs will be shared with you post event with full copyright.

MEDIA

We will provide you with your official picture and citation from the judging committee. The citation will detail the reasons for your accreditation as an All-Star and is designed to prompt you to give a reactionary statement all of which will form part of your press release. Accredited Business All-Stars are encouraged to send their Press Release to all media within their respective verticals.

Accredited Business All-Stars will be provided with a bespoke ‘Business All-Star Accredited Artwork Suite’ specific to your accreditation title. The accreditation logo, in particular, is ideal for your website, email signatures, social media etc.

Accredited Business All-Stars are licensed to use the accreditation artwork for the period of one year. Our marketing team will promote your accreditation on our social media channels.
4How long does it take to get accredited?
The accreditation process to finalise a company's score typically takes 6-8 weeks. Once you have entered the process you have three weeks to complete your application. Once the application is completed – four weeks to go through all rounds.
5What are the fees associated with Business All-Star Accreditation?
There are no fees associated with the initial registration and evaluation of your company. However, companies that successfully reach the required number of points (75) and are approved for accreditation by the adjudication panel pay an accreditation fee.
The accreditation fee structure is based on tiered model. Annual fees are set according to the size of your business turnover.

Applicants that successfully pass all its stages are officially announced as ‘Business All-Stars’ at the accreditation ceremony and are automaticall included in TRIBE - The Register of Irish Business Excellence.

Benefits of TRIBE membership include:
- You join Ireland's most progressive business community.Our TRIBE members represents diverse range of companies and thought leaders who are as passionate as you about ongoing learning, growth, and co-creation
- Access to Accredited members only gatherings including CEO Forum, facilitated networking session
6If successful, when do we receive our accreditation?
ACCREDITATION PRESENTATION

Successful companies on receiving confirmation of their accreditation and paying the applicable fees, will be invited to the accreditation ceremony which takes place on Wednesday, December 12th at Croke Park. You will be presented with your Business All-Star Commemorative Medal and Certificate. High-quality photographs will be shared with you post event with full copyright.

MEDIA

We will provide you with your official picture and citation from the judging committee. The citation will detail the reasons for your accreditation as an All-Star and is designed to prompt you to give a reactionary statement all of which will form part of your press release. Accredited Business All-Stars are encouraged to send their Press Release to all media within their respective verticals.

Accredited Business All-Stars will be provided with a bespoke ‘Business All-Star Accredited Artwork Suite’ specific to your accreditation title. The accreditation logo, in particular, is ideal for your website, email signatures, social media etc.

Accredited Business All-Stars are licensed to use the accreditation artwork for the period of one year. Our marketing team will also promote your accreditation on our social media channels.
7Who is the accrediting body?
The All-Ireland Business Foundation is the national body responsible for identifying and accrediting best-in-class Irish businesses as Business All-Stars. The Foundation believes in a marketplace where Best-in-Class companies are clearly identifiable and where consumers can purchase with confidence from All-Star Accredited businesses.

The Foundation promotes its accredited businesses to Irish consumers, giving them confidence and reassurance when making their purchasing decisions.

The 2018 Judging panel is Chaired by Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F. Ring of the Global Institute. The Chairs are supported by a panel of industry experts.

The accreditation program has been developed under the guidance of Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School and Kieran Ring, CEO of Global Institute.
8Which companies have been accredited as Business All-Stars to date?
To date over 170 Irish companies have received Business All-Star Accreditation from the Foundation and have joined our TRIBE – The Register of Irish Business Excellence – the Foundation's honor roll of companies and leaders with a proven commitment to business excellence.

For a full list of companies: Click here

A Selection of 2018 Business All-Star Accredited Companies

Do you think your Business has what it takes to be an All-Star?

Apply for a Business All-Star Accreditation now.