SFA National Small Business Awards Finalists Announced

Monday, 8 December 2014

· Finalists Announced in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2015”
· An Taoiseach says small firms are vital to domestic economy recovery

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.

“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 AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel. “As well as our seven award categories we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than 2 years established) and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland”, stated Noonan.

“The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their eleventh year and I could not be more proud to be part of such a prestigious awards programme. The companies that have been announced as finalists this year represent all that is good about small business. The people behind these companies are dynamic, diligent and determined,” said Noonan.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “I am delighted to support the SFA awards as small firms are at the forefront of the economic recovery. Only by supporting our small firms will our plan to get the domestic economy back on track succeed. The Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the success of our small firms as they seek out new markets and innovations. Staying competitive is essential for growth and recovery and the Government will continue to do everything we can with our Action Plan for Jobs to support small firms across Ireland.”

33 companies have been selected as finalists across 7 categories.

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Energia:
    · Celtic Pure
    · Eight Degrees Brewing Co
    · Laois Sawmills
    · Leinster Environmentals
    · Nugent Manufacturing
    · Topform
FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:
    · Celtic Pure
    · Cornstore Restaurant Group
    · Eight Degrees Brewing Co
    · Heritage Hampers
    · Quinlan's Fish & Quinlan's Seafood Bar
    · Wild Orchard Natural Beverages
SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Three:
    · Action Point Innovation
    · Atlas Travel Service
    · Dualtron
    · Home Instead Senior Care
    · Horizon
    · Maven TM
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by AIB:
    · DB Sports Tours
    · Earth's Edge
    · Italian Tile and Stone
    · Kevin Egan Cars
    · National Vibration Monitoring ( Ireland)
    · Trackday Performance
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:
    · ClevaMama
    · Climote
    · CLUBSTOHIRE
    · CustomsMatters
    · Ventac
    · Voya
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland:
    · Climote
    · Nugent Manufacturing
    · Oriel Sea Salt Company
    · Premium Power
    · Ryans Cleaning
    · VERDE LED
SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DHL Express:
    · ClevaMama
    · CLUBSTOHIRE
    · Leinster Environmentals
    · TheIrishStore.com & Giftsdirect
    · Topform
    · Voya

    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
    · Herdwatch
    · OxyMem
    · Smartspot
    · TenderScout

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.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:
    · Interviews with the finalist companies and Emerging New Businesses can be arranged through the Small Firms Association office – contact Alan Sherlock at Tel: 01-6051664 or e-mail: info@sfa.ie
    · For interviews, please contact: AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman at Tel: 086 2592610


Issued by: Patricia Callan, SFA Director, Tel: 087 6999345 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie @sfa_Irl
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