Top Leinster achievers to compete for national title
EIGHT businesses have won prizes at the Leinster final of the 2010 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.
The winners of the awards, set up in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, will now go on to compete with the winners from the other provinces for the national title and individual category title at the all-island final in April.
The winning business in each of the eight categories was selected from a shortlist of 119 companies.
Companies were judged on a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones and achievements, future strategy for the business and development of innovative products and services.
Sonru Ltd claimed the Innovation & Emerging Technology Award. The brainchild of Edward Hendricks, the Wexford based company provides automated online video interview solutions which replaces first round phone and on-site interviews.
Interviewers create an interview and send it to candidates who complete the interview in their own time and place.
The International Business Award went to Grosvenor Cleaning Services Limited, a family-owned company that has grown into a multinational commercial cleaning company specialising in cleaning and associated services.
Speedpak took home the gong for Social Entrepreneurship. Set up in 1995 by the Northside Partnership in collaboration with the local community and backed by state funding, the company provides work experience and training to over 30 long-term unemployed people living in disadvantaged communities or who experience social exclusion.
The Best Business Start-up Award was won by Multihog Ltd, a Dundalk based designer and manufacturer of "multipurpose implement carriers" for the grounds care and highway maintenance market.
Ace Express Freight won the Family Run Business Award. Since it was established by Philip and Julie Tracey in 1989, the company has grown into one of the largest family-owned freight forwarding businesses in Ireland, with offices here, the UK and the Far East.
The Green Business Award went to Clearpower, a bio-energy and organic waste management company. Clearpower creates renewable energy in the form of heat or electricity using products such as wood chip, wood pellets and organic waste.
Country Crest took the prize for Agriculture, Food & Drink. The company originally made its name with a range of par-baked potatoes and assorted fillings around the turn of the century.
In 2007, Country Crest took on the challenge of growing onions and now produces around three-quarters of the Irish national onion crop.
Last but not least, Helix Health won the new Service Business Award.
A leading provider of world class ísoftware and IT solutions for professionals in all areas of the healthcare sector, Helix is the largest indigenous healthcare IT provider in Ireland.
The grand prize for the national winner is a comprehensive package that includes an executive education programme at Harvard Business School, €50,000 worth of advertising space in the Irish Independent and a one-year membership of the Institute of Directors.