Gelato, Mobile Games and Gaeilge…Ireland’s top local enterprises line up for the National Enterprise Awards Final

Minister Mitchell O’ Connor announces the 32 National Enterprise Award finalists ahead of Awards night on May 25th

Minister Mitchell O’ Connor (blue dress), accompanied by (LtoR) Brendan Flood of Enterprise Ireland, Sheelagh Daly of the LEOs, last year’s Overall Winner, Mark Clendennen of Applied Concepts in Offaly and Oisin Geoghegan of the LEOs.

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.

 

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.

 

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

Award Categories and Prize Fund – National Enterprise Awards 2017
•    Overall Winner, National Enterprise Awards 2017 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)
•    Best Export Business(Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
•    Best Start Up Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
•    Innovation Award (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
•    Eight Regional Winners (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)

Regions:
o    Dublin City, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and South Dublin
o    Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
o    Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny
o    Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan
o    Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Longford
o    Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
o    Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary
o    Cork City, South Cork, Cork North & West and Waterford

Details on all the supports available for small businesses and micro-enterprises through the 31 LEOs are available at www.localenterprise.ie.

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