SFA National Small Business Awards 2013 - Finalists Showcase

Thursday, 7 February 2013

SFA Firms Exhibit Excellence

37 Irish small firms gather to showcase their businesses

“The companies represented are from a wide range of business sectors and from the length and breadth of Ireland. These organisations have been trading in very difficult times over the past few years but they have proven that they are resilient and forward thinking and I believe an inspiration to us all.”AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman.

37 Finalist Companies from the SFA National Small Business Awards 2013 programme will gather in Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, from 2.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday, February 7th to showcase their businesses. Entry is open to all and is free of charge. Attendees can pre-register on www.sfa.ie/awards

The event highlights the innovation, creativity, drive and passion that exist in the small business sector and is the last opportunity for the 37 award finalists to impress the judges ahead of the Gala prize giving ceremony in March.

Speaking about the event SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan commented “Following an intensive judging process in the SFA National Small Business Awards, thirty seven companies have been shortlisted as finalists. We are hosting this event to showcase these successful companies and highlight the positivity that is evident amongst small firms in Ireland. In a time when job creation needs to be foremost in our minds, it is companies like these that will prosper and provide future employment.”

Six categories are represented at the Showcase: Outstanding Small Business (for up to five employees), sponsored by AIB; Manufacturing (for up to 50 employees), sponsored by Chartered Accountants Ireland; Food & Drink (for up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia; Services (for up to 50 employees), sponsored by O2, Innovator of the Year (for up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and Environmental Sustainability (for up to 50 employees), sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Also in attendance will be 5 new businesses (in operation for less than 2 years) that are showcased in the category of Emerging New Business, sponsored by the County and City Enterprise Boards.

Mr Noonan acknowledged that “small businesses are struggling on a daily basis due to lack of credit, late payments and business costs, and he stated that all political parties must commit to the small business agenda and provide a supportive environment that will assist small firms survive and regain control over business costs.”

“The companies represented are from a wide range of business sectors and from the length and breadth of Ireland. These organisations have been trading in very difficult times over the past few years but they have proven that they are resilient and forward thinking and I believe an inspiration to us all”, stated Mr Noonan.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in business to join us in celebrating the best that small business in Ireland has to offer at our Showcase in Chartered Accountants House where the doors will be open tomorrow from 2.30pm – 7.30pm.” concluded Mr Noonan.

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Issued by: Alan Sherlock, SFA Awards Executive, Tel: 086-1731372

For interviews contact: AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman, Tel: 086 2592610

EDITOR’S NOTE:

A full list and details of participating companies is available on www.sfa.ie/awards and interviews with exhibiting companies can be arranged through Alan Sherlock, SFA Awards Executive, Tel: 086 1731372 or e-mail: info@sfa.ie

Photographs from the event are available on request from Alan Sherlock, SFA Awards Executive, Tel: 086 1731372 or e-mail: info@sfa.ie

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