The Idea Works Competition Launches

18th May 2015

Posted In: FYI
The Idea Works competition

Compass Group Ireland launched the second annual Idea Works, an initiative which encourages SMEs with cutting-edge products, solutions and applications that could be used in the foodservice, hospitality and facilities management industry to come forward. The initiative aims to find the best innovative new concepts and helps get them off the ground.

Companies across Ireland who believe they have a new or novel product to offer can submit their ‘winning’ concepts online.  Compass Group Ireland will then shortlist the best ideas and invite those selected to pitch their big idea before a judging panel at the Aviva Stadium on July 23rd. If finalists get three yes votes from the judges, Compass Group Ireland will support them on the introduction of their idea to the Compass Group Ireland business and potentially to the wider market – opening up a wealth of opportunities.

This year’s judging panel comprises Mark Lee, Commercial Director, Compass Group Ireland; award winning TV chef, Neven Maguire; Maureen Gahan, Foodservice Specialist, Bord Bia and Gillian Nelis, Managing Editor, Sunday Business Post.

Commenting on the launch, Mark Lee, Commercial Director, Compass Group Ireland said; “Last year we launched the first Idea Works in Ireland which proved to be a huge success. We were inundated with submissions which were both innovative and most importantly, relevant to our business. We are a food and support-services company so we welcome submissions of a food and non-food nature.”

Suppliers and businesses can register their interest in The Idea Works at The closing date for entries is July 1st and shortlisted companies will be invited to pitch their idea on July 23rd.

(Pictured L-R: Mark Lee, Commercial Director, Compass Group Ireland; TV chef, Neven Maguire; and Maureen Gahan, Foodservice Specialist, Bord Bia.)