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SFA National Small Business Awards 2017 Finalists announcement

Monday, 5 December 2016

  • Finalists Announced in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2017”
  • An Taoiseach says small firms have been central to Ireland’s recovery and play an important role in economy

The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2017 have been officially announced by Patricia Callan, SFA Director. 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.

“The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts” commented Patricia Callan, SFA Director. “As well as our seven award categories we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland”, stated Callan.

“The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their thirteenth year and are a celebration of the achievements of the 238,000 small firms in Ireland, who collectively employ over 800,000 people, half the private sector workforce, and aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst small businesses in all sectors and parts of the country. The companies that have been announced as finalists this year represent all that is good about small business” said Callan.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “Small Firms have been central to Ireland’s recovery. I am delighted to support the SFA Awards again this year. Across Ireland there are thousands of people who go to work every day in small firms and they play an important role in our economy. It is fantastic to have these Awards to highlight the success of many Irish businesses and their constant drive to improve and seek new markets. The government will continue to support small firms and have made them a key part of our Regional Action Plan to spread the recovery to every region of Ireland.”

35 companies have been selected as finalists, from 13 different counties, across 8 categories.

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Energia:

Briody Bedding - Meath
JPK Fencing Systems – Galway
Kelly’s of Newport Artisan Butchers - Mayo
Simpli Baked – Offaly
Ventac - Kildare

FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:

Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery - Longford
Kelly’s of Newport Artisan Butchers – Mayo
. Simpli Baked – Offaly
. The Foods of Athenry - Galway
Wexford Home Preserves – Wexford

SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Three:

Adams & Butler – Dublin
Catering Disposables– Dublin
Dualtron – Dublin
KPC International - Cork
The Gaiety School of Acting - Dublin
Vibes and Scribes - Cork

OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by AIB:

Big Red Barn - Mayo
Bike Park Ireland - Tipperary
Coyle Group - Dublin
EireChrom – Tipperary and Cork
Sweetspot Sourcing - Kildare
TheTaste.ie – Dublin

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:

Aalto Bio Reagents – Dublin
Bizimply - Dublin
Emydex Technology - Dublin
Herdwatch - Tipperary
Sea Change - Kildare
Ventac - Wicklow

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland:

JPK Fencing Systems - Galway
Kelly’s of Newport Artisan Butchers – Mayo
Killary Adventure Company - Galway
Oriel Marine Extracts - Louth
Ryans Cleaning -Tipperary

SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DHL Express:

Adams & Butler – Dublin
Aalto Bio Reagents - Dublin
Emydex Technology - Dublin
KPC International - Cork
Prodigy Learning - Dublin
Ventac - Wicklow

EMERGING NEW BUSINESSES (up to 50 employees and under 2 years in business), sponsored by IE Domain Registry:

Ann Marie's Dressing Room - Cork
CLIRINX - Dublin
CyberSmarties - Limerick
Epic Ireland - Dublin
SalesOptimize - Dublin

The Awards prize package for ALL finalists includes an exhibition stand at the SFA National Small Business Showcase in the RDS in February 2017, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, valued at €50,000. Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in the RDS in March 2017 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced.

The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association. The overall winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland) and a responsible business practices check-up and action plan from Business in the Community Ireland.


    Interviews with the finalist companies and Emerging New Businesses can be arranged through the Small Firms Association office – contact Louise Kenrick, Awards Executive on 01 605 1664 or e-mail: louise.kenrick@sfa.ie
    Full details are on the SFA Awards website at www.sfa.ie/awards or follow us on Twitter: @SFA_Irl #SFAAwards2017

For interviews contact: Patricia Callan, SFA Director, on 01-6051602 or 087-6999345 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie