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National Enterprise Award finalists announced by Minister
15/05/2017 09:52:25

National Enterprise Award finalists announced by Minister
Source: Local Enterprise Office
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The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D., has announced the finalists for this year’s National Enterprise Awards, to be hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) later this month.

The National Enterprise Awards will celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s top small businesses and micro-enterprises from all parts of Ireland in a showcase of enterprise, innovation and ambition at Dublin’s Mansion House on May 25th.

Announcing the finalists, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “Last week, we saw that Ireland’s unemployment rate has dropped to a new low of 6.2%. This is hugely encouraging, and it is due to the hard work and dedication of enterprise heroes such as these local businesses who are quite rightly taking their place in the spotlight at the National Enterprise Awards on May 25th.”

The Minister added: “These innovative businesses are led by people who are serious about their ambition, who are taking real risks and making real sacrifices to achieve success, and they are making a huge contribution to their local communities and to the economy at large. It is very important that we mark their achievements. I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck in the Final on the 25th May.”

The 32 finalists are drawn from diverse business sectors, such as skin-care, ice-cream making, language courses and mobile game development. The announcement of finalists was made at the Mansion House by Minister Mitchell O’ Connor, accompanied by Sheelagh Daly and Oisín Geoghegan representing the Local Enterprise Offices, Brendan Flood of Enterprise Ireland and last year’s Overall Winner, Mark Clendennen of Applied Concepts in Offaly.

Sheelagh Daly, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities said: “Small business and micro-enterprises are making an outstanding contribution to our local and national economy. Last year almost 3,700 new jobs were created by over 6,800 micro-enterprises supported by the LEOs. These entrepreneurs are continuously looking to grow by developing new products and services and investing in export markets. The National Enterprise Awards help to recognise the contribution that small businesses and micro-enterprises make to our communities every day.”

Last year’s winner, Applied Concepts in Birr, manufacture and export blast machines used in construction and renovation projects in countries such as Spain, Denmark and Chile. Previous winners have included Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation, MyBio and Design Pro.

The winners of this year’s National Enterprise Awards will be announced at the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, May 25th. Twelve awards will be presented including eight regional awards. The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.

Competition updates and results will be available through www.localenterprise.ie and by following #NEAwards on social media. 

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.
 
NATIONAL FINALISTS IN 2017 (supported by their Local Enterprise Office

LEO Area

Company

Website

Carlow

McNally Denture Clinic

www.mcnallydentureclinic.ie

Cavan

Moran’s Megajam Ltd 

www.moranshomestore.com

Clare

Core Optimisation Ltd

www.coreoptimisation.com

Cork (City)

Rebel Chilli 

www.rebelchilli.com

Cork (North & West)

Enibas Jewellery

www.enibas.com

Cork (South)

Polar IceTech

www.polaricetech.ie

Donegal

Sharon McDaid Silver Birch Gallery & Studio

www.sharonmcdaid.com

Dublin (City)

Pink Kong Studios  

www.pinkkongstudios.ie

Dublin (DLR) 

Moontour

www.moontour.ie

Dublin (Fingal)

Hope Beer   

www.hopebeer.ie

Dublin (South)

Acutrace 

www.acutrace.com

Galway (City) 

9th Impact    

www.9thimpact.com

Galway (County)

IMS Marketing   

www.imsmarketing.ie

Kerry

Irish Host Family Ltd  

www.irishhostfamily.ie

Kildare

Broghies Ireland     

www.broghiesireland.com

Kilkenny

Greensbridge Engineering Ltd 

www.greensbridge.ie

Laois

Infrastruct AMS Limited 

www.infrastruct.ie

Leitrim

Jinny’s Bakery 

www.jinnysbakery.com

Limerick

Student Programmes Ireland Ltd 

www.spil.ie

Longford

Purpledecks Ltd.

www.purpledecks.com

Louth

Aphix Software Ltd

www.aphixsoftware.com

Mayo

Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers Ltd 

www.barfurniture.net

Meath

Hexafly

www.hexafly.co

Monaghan

RAMfit Ltd   

www.ramfit.com

Offaly 

Dezynamite  

www.dezynamite.com

Roscommon

PJ Fallon & Son

www.pjfallon.ie

Sligo

Studyclix 

www.studyclix.ie

Tipperary

MediSkin

www.mediskin.ie

Waterford

Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food 

www.pipandpear.ie

Westmeath

Lift Hire Ireland

www.lifthireireland.com

Wexford

Scup Gelato

www.scupgelato.com

Wicklow

Goldfish.ie 

www.goldfish.ie



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