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National Small Business Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

Monday, 30 November 2020

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 SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 Finalists Announcement  
  • Finalists Announced in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2021”  
  • An Taoiseach says small firms make an important contribution to their local communities and our economy  
  
The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, Chair of the SFA 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.  
  
“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 Sue O’Neill. As well as our eight award categories, we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and, given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.  
  
“The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their 17th consecutive year and are a celebration of small business owners who since 2015 have created over 73,000 jobs. The 266,400 small firms in Ireland employ half of the private sector workforce and these awards aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst these companies 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 O’Neill.  
  
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “The SFA National Small Business Awards are very important, particularly as we live with Covid 19. We need agility, flexibility and adaptability in the midst of the global pandemic and there is no better entity than a small business to demonstrate these characteristics.”  
  
43 companies have been selected as finalists, from 15 different counties, across 9 categories.  
  
MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by NSAI:  
  
Adams and Friends, Dublin  
Bevcraft Group, Westmeath  
Mahon Windows, Westmeath  
N & E Precision Engineering, Longford  
Timbertrove, Dublin  
Topform, Galway  
   
FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:  
  
Atlantic Treasures, Donegal  
Dromod Boxty, Leitrim  
Goatsbridge Fish Processing, Kilkenny  
John Stone Fine Foods, Longford  
Killowen Farms, Wexford  
Walsh’s Bakehouse, Waterford  
  
SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Microsoft:  
  
Adams & Butler, Dublin  
Axis Ballymun, Dublin  
IMS Marketing, Galway  
Mezzo Music Academy, Dublin  
Stella Novus, Kildare  
Whelehans Pharmacy, Westmeath  
  
  
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by One4All:  
  
Ancient Organics and Permaculture, Cork  
Child Paths, Dublin  
Funky Monkey Foods, Dublin 
GLAM DOLL, Kildare  
Miena’s Handmade Nougat, Wicklow  
The Irish Biltong Company, Kildare  
  
  
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Permanent tsb:  
  
Bevcraft Group, Westmeath  
ChektAhora, Cork  
Cognikids, Dublin  
DentalOrg, Galway  
Intouch.com, Dublin  
Whelehans Pharmacy, Westmeath  
  
SUSTAINABILITY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland:  
  
Ancient Organics and Permaculture, Cork  
Atlantic Treasures, Donegal  
BNRG Renewables, Dublin  
Eco Friendly Cups, Dublin   
M & C Hybrid Energy, Cavan  
Nutrient Recovery to Generate Electricity, Tipperary  
  
EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:  
  
Adam and Friends, Dublin  
Equine MediRecord, Kildare  
John Stone Fine Foods, Longford  
Kora Healthcare, Dublin  
Miena’s Handmade Nougat, Wicklow  
Topform, Galway  
  
WORKPLACE WELLBEING (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DeCare Dental:  
  
Kiltimagh Park Hotel, Mayo  
M & C Hybrid Energy, Cavan  
Michael’s, Mount Merrion, Dublin  
Pale Blue Dot® Recruitment, Galway   
SYS Wealth and Financial Planners, Tipperary  
  
EMERGING NEW BUSINESSES (up to 50 employees and under 2 years in business), sponsored by .IE:  
  
Learn Chinese Plus, Dublin  
OSENG, Mayo  
The Agile Executive, Dublin  
The Johnny Magory Company, Kildare  
Wholesome Kitchen, Westmeath  
  
The Awards prize package for ALL finalists includes participation in the SFA Business Connect event on February 11, 2021, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, all valued at €50,000.   
  
The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year. 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).   
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