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The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 have been officially announced by AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

33 companies have been selected as finalists across 7 categories.

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Energia:
· Celtic Pure, Co. Monaghan
· Eight Degrees Brewing, Co. Cork
· Laois Sawmills, Co Laois
· Leinster Environmentals, Co. Louth
· Nugent Manufacturing, Co. Kildare
· Topform, Co. Galway

FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:
· Celtic Pure, Co. Monaghan
· Cornstore Restaurant Group, Co. Limerick
· Eight Degrees Brewing Co. Cork
· Heritage Hampers, Co. Cork
· Quinlan's Fish & Quinlan's Seafood Bar, Co. Kerry
· Wild Orchard Natural Beverages, Co. Limerick

SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Three:
· Action Point Innovation, Co. Limerick
· Atlas Travel Service, Co. Dublin
· Dualtron, Co. Dublin
· Home Instead Senior Care, Co. Dublin
· Horizon, Co. Mayo
· Maven TM, Co. Carlow

OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by AIB:
· DB Sports Tours, Co. Dublin
· Earth's Edge, Co. Dublin
· Italian Tile and Stone, Co. Dublin
· Kevin Egan Cars, Co. Sligo
· National Vibration Monitoring ( Ireland), Co. Louth
· Trackday Performance, Co. Wicklow

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:
· ClevaMama, Co. Dublin
· Climote, Co. Louth
· CustomsMatters, Co. Dublin
· Ventac, Co. Wicklow
· Voya, Co. Sligo

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland:
· Climote, Co. Louth
· Nugent Manufacturing, Co. Kildare
· Oriel Sea Salt Company, Co. Louth
· Premium Power, Co. Dublin
· Ryans Cleaning, Co. Tipperary
· VERDE LED, Co. Cork

SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DHL Express:
· ClevaMama, Co. Dublin
· Leinster Environmentals, Co. Louth
· TheIrishStore.com & Giftsdirect, Co. Dublin
· Topform, Co. Galway
· Voya, Co. Sligo

In addition, 5 of the best recently established companies have been selected to be profiled:

EMERGING NEW BUSINESSES (up to 50 employees and under 2 years in business), sponsored by IEDR Domain Registry:
· Dúnmasc Genetics, Co. Laois
· Herdwatch, Co. Tipperary
· OxyMem, Co. Weathmeath
· Smartspot, Co. Meath
· TenderScout, Co. Dublin

All of the finalists this year will receive a comprehensive management training prize, courtesy of Skillnets ManagementWorks and will have the opportunity to Showcase their business at a special exhibition which will be open to the public in February.

The awards will be presented by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, to all category winners and the Overall Winner at a Gala Event in March 2015.