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And the nominees are...


Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, Kieran Comerford of the LEOs, Mark Christal of Enterprise Ireland, Paul Reid, Chair of the Local Government Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Committee and last year’s Overall Winner, Linda Nolan of MyBio in Kilkenny

It’s set to be an all-Ireland affair with each county represented in the upcoming Finals of the National Enterprise Awards, which celebrates the success of Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprises. Whittled down from thousands of small businesses supported through the Local Enterprise Offices across the country, technology, manufacturing, food, on-line and energy businesses dominate this year’s list.

The competition has a prize fund of €40,000 and was set up nearly two decades ago. Twelve awards will be presented including eight new regional trophies and the overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.

Award Categories – National Enterprise Awards 2016

  • Overall Winner, National Enterprise Awards 2016 (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)
    • Dublin City, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and South Dublin
    • Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
    • Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny
    • Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan
    • Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Longford
    • Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
    • Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary
    • Cork City, South Cork, Cork North & West and Waterford

Who are this year's finalists?

Local Enterprise Office

Name of business

Type of business

CarlowEquiRatings LtdData analytics for the sport of Eventing
CavanUalto LtdElectrical process and plant automation
Clare Titan LogisticsFourth party logistics
Cork CityDARE TechnologyRenewable energy technology
Cork WestHennessy Timber GroupTimber manufacturer
Cork NorthHealth & Safety Publications LtdPublishing company
Cork SouthGoCambioTravel and languages web-platform
DonegalGetBrain.fitBrain training services
Dublin City NobóDairy-free ice-cream alternative
Dún Laoghaire-RathdownClearChoiceSoftware for financial brokers
Dublin FingalInvizBoxSecure digital services
Dublin SouthWyldssonHealth foods producer
GalwayN. Barrett Engineering LtdAnimal handling equipment
KerryMurphy Marine ServicesBoat-builders and designers
KildareCarveOn:Manufacturer of lifestyle accessories
KilkennyGoatsbridge Fish Processors LtdTrout fish processing
LaoisTwiznight Ltd.Digital media technology
LeitrimMcNiffe’s Boxty BakeryTraditional Irish food producer
LimerickGlobal SaucesSauce manufacturing for food sector and retail
LongfordARK EnergyTechnology for the energy sector
LouthSing Li FoodsCurry sauces for retail and wholesale
Mayo Big Red BarnPortable structure manufacturer and events
MeathTouchHitsDigital touchscreen jukebox manufacturer
MonaghanCloud 10 BeautyOnline shop for beauty products
OffalyApplied Concepts LimitedManufacturer of abrasive blast machines
RoscommonRoschem Products LtdCleaning detergents' manufacturer
SligoL.C. Seating LtdCustom-made mobility seating
Tipperary Savvy KitchensBespoke kitchens
WaterfordCF Pharma Ireland LtdPharmaceutical company
WestmeathScantech Geoscience LtdGPR surveys for engineering sectors
Wexford  Hentech Fabrication LtdMild steel fabrication
Wicklow  ShowoffSoftware and app development


Who were last year's winners?

MyBio in Kilkenny, founded by Linda Nolan in 2009 to supply research products to companies in the Life Sciences industry, was crowned Overall Winner of this year's Annual National Enterprise Awards last night. Linda Nolan was one of two female entrepreneurs taking home top prizes, with Anne Behan, founder of the Áine Knitwear in Clare winning the design award, marking Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

It was a good year for Ireland’s construction and property sectors, with Vision Built in Galway winning the export award (light steel gauge manufacturing), the Property Button in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown clinching the start-up category (utility transfer management) and Gannon Eco in Westmeath taking the innovation prize (reprocessing waste into raw materials).

In previous years, winners have included Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation and Design Pro.

Where can I find more information?

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, June 9th. Updates will be available through and by following #NEAwards16 on social media.

 About the Local Enterprise Offices

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are now the ‘first-stop-shop’ State support service for micro and small businesses in each local area. The LEOs provide advice and a signposting service to other State supports and services to anyone who wishes to start or expand a business. The LEOs also provide financial assistance for projects that meet certain criteria in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sector as well as soft supports such as training and mentoring. 

Find your Local Enterprise Office.