Jack Dobson has won a coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Jack, who founded Dunbia with his brother Jim in 1976, scooped the top prize in the industry category at a glittering ceremony in Dublin last night which was attended by Ministers, business leaders and key influencers from across Ireland.
On accepting the award, Jack said: “I am absolutely shocked but hugely honoured to receive this award which I am accepting on behalf of my brother Jim and all our employees in Dunbia who work tirelessly to make our company the success it is today. I also really want to acknowledge the farmers who supply us and our customers whose long-term relationships and loyalty have allowed us to grow the company over the years.”
Anne Heraty, chairperson of the this year’s judging panel, out-lined the judges’ decision: “It was Jack Dobson’s vision that turned a small, family butcher shop, established in 1976, into now the largest meat processing company across the UK and Ireland. With a supplier base of almost 25,000 farmers, Jack is committed to working alongside them to develop a value chain which is sustainable and profitable for all – truly a deserving winner of the Industry EY Entrepreneur of the Year category,” she said.
Jack beat off competition from entrepreneurs across a range of industries which led him to highlight the agri-food industry to potential employees: “This award has put a very positive spotlight on the agri-food industry and in particular on meat processing sector. The career opportunities in this industry are immense with excellent potential to develop and progress. I never thought that I would be holding an EY Enterpreneur of the Year Award but here I am. The opportunities are there to be taken within Dunbia and the wider agri-food industry.”