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Inspirational entrepreneurs who triumphed over adversity to be recognised at new award ceremony

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

Katarzyna Gwis, of K & T Bakery in Kerry; Walter Ryan-Purcell, of Loughbeg Farm in West Cork; and Gerry O’Connor, of Intergreat in East Cork, winners of the Inaugural ILDN Enterprise Awards for the South Region, and now shortlisted for the national awards. Photo: Diane Cusack
Katarzyna Gwis, of K & T Bakery in Kerry; Walter Ryan-Purcell, of Loughbeg Farm in West Cork; and Gerry O’Connor, of Intergreat in East Cork, winners of the Inaugural ILDN Enterprise Awards for the South Region, and now shortlisted for the national awards. Photo: Diane Cusack

Entrepreneurs who have overcome obstacles in recent years and who are now thriving business people will be recognised at an awards ceremony this month.

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In total, 18 business owners - some of whom lost their jobs during the recession -have been shortlisted by the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) for their success in business.

The entrepreneurs will attend the inaugural ILDN Awards at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin on September 15.

Each of the entrepreneurs nominated has created his or her own job and is now supporting others in employment having received support from local development companies, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BtWEA) and the Short Term Enterprise Allowance scheme (STEA).

Mairead McDaid was one such recipient of a grant, and she has now developed a successful physiotherapy and neurological rehabilitation practice in Cobh, Co Cork. Hub Controls was set up in 2014 by Oliver Hynes, and is an electronic platform that allows customers to keep a tighter watch of their utility bills.

Another successful recipient of the funding scheme was Michael O' Connor, who founded the Red Store Coffee Shop and Deli.

The venue tailors to customers along the Bannow Drive in Co Wexford, and has grown steadily since its launch in 2015. The business has harnessed online user experience platforms to boost its profile as a prime location for travellers keen to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

"With great determination, market and product knowledge, business skills and support from mentors and training, these companies have successfully transitioned from startups to successful businesses and these awards are an acknowledgement of their hard work," said Brian Carty of ILDN.

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