Minister Mitchell O’ Connor announces the 32 National Enterprise Award finalists ahead of Awards night on May 25th
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
McNally Denture Clinic www.mcnallydentureclinic.ie
Moran’s Megajam Ltd www.moranshomestore.com
Core Optimisation Ltd www.coreoptimisation.com
Rebel Chilli www.rebelchilli.com
Cork (North & West)
Enibas Jewellery www.enibas.com
Polar IceTech www.polaricetech.ie
Sharon McDaid – Silver Birch Gallery & Studio www.sharonmcdaid.com
Pink Kong Studios www.pinkkongstudios.ie
Hope Beer www.hopebeer.ie
9th Impact www.9thimpact.com
IMS Marketing www.imsmarketing.ie
Irish Host Family Ltd www.irishhostfamily.ie
Broghies Ireland www.broghiesireland.com
Greensbridge Engineering Ltd www.greensbridge.ie
Infrastruct AMS Limited www.infrastruct.ie
Jinny’s Bakery www.jinnysbakery.com
Student Programmes Ireland Ltd www.spil.ie
Purpledecks Ltd. www.purpledecks.com
Aphix Software Ltd www.aphixsoftware.com
Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers Ltd www.barfurniture.net
RAMfit Ltd www.ramfit.com
PJ Fallon & Son www.pjfallon.ie
Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food www.pipandpear.ie
Lift Hire Ireland www.lifthireireland.com
Scup Gelato www.scupgelato.com
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)
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.