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Saturday 20 September 2014

'Fab Cow' has designs on enterprise award

Published 17/09/2013 | 15:45

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Paul Rawlins, Celtic Rider; Bernie Cryan, Fab Cow Design and Noel Carroll, Platinum Print.

A MALAHIDE business, which was only established last year, has made it through to the Fingal Enterprise Awards competition, which will be announced next month.

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Fab Cow Design, founded by Bernie Cryan and Francis Leavey, are up against Platinum Paper, a Blanchardstown-based manufacturer and supplier of self-adhesive and tag materials to the national and international graphic print industry and Celtic Rider, also for Blanchardstown, a motorcycle rental business that also organises self-guided tours around Ireland for motorcyclist enthusiasts.

Fab Cow Design was established in May 2012 and specialises in creating unique, quirky art and illustrations, all designed by Francis Leavey and made in Ireland.

Bernie and Francis like to describe their designs as simple yet profound; philosophical yet whimsical and with a distant visual twist.

The company is a member of the Craft Council of Ireland and having begun their business with three designs Fab Cow Design now have in the region of 120 designs in a variety of formats, which they supply into the retail and corporate sectors.

The announcement of the winner of the Fingal Enterprise Awards will take place during the 'Carpe Diem: Succeeding In Your Business' event, in Fingal's County Hall, on Thursday, October 3, which will be hosted by Fingal County Council and broadcaster Keelin Shanley.

Organised by Fingal County Enterprise Board, Fingal Enterprise Week 2013 is sponsored by Vodafone Ireland, Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland, Regus and Newstalk. It is the biggest and most successful local Enterprise Week in Ireland with over 20 major events and more than 1,500 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs expected to attend the seminars, networking events and mentoring clinics taking place over the course of the week.

CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board, Oisin Geoghegan, said: 'Fingal County Enterprise Board is delighted to reveal this year's finalists for the Fingal Enterprise Awards whose stories of entrepreneurship will be a great source of encouragement for people setting up and developing their own businesses.'

He added: 'The Fingal Enterprise Week programme of events sets out to support and stimulate small enterprise and we've already seen an incredible response from the local business community. We're looking forward to meeting the many companies and entrepreneurs ready to network, learn and be inspired.'

The winner of Fingal Enterprise Awards 2013 will be put forward for the National Enterprise Awards, taking place in November.

Last year's Fingal Enterprise Award winner was Keogh's Crisps, which specialises in manufacturing and marketing Ireland's only farm cooked crisp. Formed by Tom Keogh in November 2011, the company is located on the family potato farm in North Dublin. Keogh's Crisps went on to win 'Best Start Up' at the National Enterprise Awards in 2012.

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