Kirby Group Engineering Wins National Q Mark Title

Best Engineering Company for Quality Management Systems in Ireland for 2013. That was the accolade that the team from Kirby Group Engineering received last night, as they received a standing ovation at The National Q Mark Awards in Dublin’s Double Tree Hilton Hotel. 

As the proud team from Kirby Group Engineering took to the podium to receive the National trophy there was an un-precedented scene of cheering amid shouts of congratulations from the hundreds of competitors from all over the country that they had beaten in their bid to take the coveted prize.

The National Q Mark Awards are widely referred to throughout the country as being the ‘Oscars’ of business excellence and each year thousands of companies apply to be considered, but only the best of the best are short-listed to compete. To be announced as National winner on the night is considered to be one of the greatest accolades that any company or team can receive.

The Q Mark Award for Best Engineering Company for Quality Management Systems in Ireland is known to be one of the most difficult categories to win at the annual awards ceremony, as all nominees must prove that they review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time, thereby guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and excellence available in Ireland today.

As she announced Kirby Group Engineering as the winner, the Managing Director of The National Q Mark, Irene Collins said “The team in Kirby Engineering fully embrace Quality Standards right across their 6 business units and we congratulate them on winning this hotly contested category. This is real recognition for their employee’s hard work and commitment.”


Kirby Group was established in 1964 and became Kirby Group Engineering Limited in 1972. The company, which currently employs a talented, qualified team of 450 people across Ireland, UK and Europe will be celebrating 50 years in existence, next year.


Kirby’s is an international, multi-disciplinary engineering services contractor. They have a very impressive client portfolio which includes Google, ESB, IDL, SSE Renewables and Analog Devices. The business excels at project delivery, bringing the client’s vision, and building environments to life.

The award winning team at Kirby make excellence and success a daily occurrence and most recently have been awarded the British Safety Council International Safety Award, their 3rd Successive Gold Medal Award from RoSPA for safety performance in the UK., and, they were Shortlisted for an IITD Award for the Most Innovative Use of Technology with Olive Media.

In addition to the sponsoring the DIT Engineering Awards, the Kirby Group is fully committed to supporting the next generation of Irish engineers and innovators. Which is why they are members of the School’s Business Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation which identifies possible early school leavers and introduces them to Kirby Group, advising and informing them on life in the work-place, the different approaches to work placement and the importance of obtaining educational qualifications.

Commenting on the tremendous win Ray Ryan, Director of QEHS & Dublin Region, said “We are delighted to receive this Q Mark Award which is both a matter of immense pride and affirmation for all employees at Kirby Group Engineering. This award affirms our conviction and belief that Quality is the mark of a superior company and is the way forward.”

The National Q Mark Awards are widely considered to be the ultimate achievement for any Irish business, and it’s great to see Kirby Group Engineering become a leading example to the rest of the country on how to look after customers and be successful in the present economy.