Friday, 30 April 2021
The winners of the Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards 2021 have been announced. The Awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland and recognise the important and vital contributions of this sector to the Irish economy. Forty finalists and five Emerging New Businesses were selected from hundreds of applications received for the 2021 programme.
Topform Limited was named as Overall National SFA Small Business Winner 2021.
Topform Limited, based in Gort, Co Galway since 1977, manufactures specialised laminate worktops in precision engineered work surfaces. Topform are passionate about kitchen worktops and produce some of Ireland’s best known kitchen worktops through their TopShape, TopPlus, TopContract and TopWood ranges. Topform enjoys a majority share of the Irish market with its customised worktop solutions. It supplies components to the UK and Europe for the mobile leisure market – mobile homes, caravans, and campervans.
Topform is led by Managing Director, Paul Glynn and employs 46 people. Topform’s commitment to Lean Development, research, digital innovation and customer service has led to its continuous growth and success.
Announcing the winner, Graham Byrne, SFA Chair said: “Topform is a model company for indigenous businesses in Ireland. It is a strong profitable company that strives to be the best in its industry with a focus on continuous improvements. The company was the overall winner of the SFA National Business Awards in 2016 and has doubled its turnover since then. Topform’s intention for the next five years is to again double its turnover through organic growth”.
SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens added: “We continue to grow the SFA Business Awards programme that positions the small business brand as the backbone of the Irish economy. Congratulations to all the finalists who, because of Covid 19, went through the 2021 Awards virtually. Each finalist represents the best in small business and are all winners. Small businesses are present in every village, town and city and contribute enormously to economic activity and community engagement”.
The eight category winners are:
Manufacturing sponsored by NSAI: Topform, Co Galway
Highly Commended: Bevcraft Group, Co Westmeath
Food and Drink sponsored by Bord Bia: Goatsbridge Trout, Co Kilkenny
Highly Commended: Dromod Boxty, Co Leitrim
Services sponsored by Microsoft: Whelehans Pharmacy, Co Westmeath
Outstanding Small Business sponsored by One4all Rewards: Funky Monkey Foods, Dublin 15
Highly Commended: Miena’s Handmade Nougat, Co. Wicklow
Innovator of the Year sponsored by Permanent TSB: Bevcraft Group, Co Westmeath
Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland: Kora Healthcare, Co. Dublin
Sustainability sponsored by SBCI: Atlantic Treasures, Co Donegal
Workplace Wellbeing sponsored by DeCare: M & C Hybrid Energy, Co. Cavan
A one off Covid Award sponsored by Cisco: Mezzo Music Academy, Dublin 6
The winners of the Emerging New Business Awards sponsored by .IE is a category to encourage emerging entrepreneurs to promote and grow their business are: Learn Chinese Plus, Co Dublin; OSENG, Co Mayo; The Agile Executive, Co Dublin; The Johnny Magory Company, Co Kildare and Wholesome Kitchen, Co Westmeath. Entrants in this category are under two years in business and the winners were identified by the judging panel as companies that will grow into successful organisations.
This is the 17th year of the SFA National Small Business Awards, an initiative of the Small Firms Association.
The Awards prize package for ALL finalists included strategic management training; participation in the SFA Business Connect event last February and a half page media exposure in a special supplement published with the Irish Independent today (30th April). The total prize for finalists is valued at €50,000 each.
The category winners were presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year.
Awards Management Training Partner is Skillnet Ireland, and media partner is Irish Independent.
For interviews, please contact. Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, 087 1609403
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The virtually Awards Gala was broadcast live from a studio in Killashee Hotel and Spa.
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