Agile among top Euro companies

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:32

Darragh Richardson (centre), MD of Agile Networks, with Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board, and Joe Harford, Chairman of Fingal County Enterprise Board.

AGILE Networks, a Fingal-based IT firm, has been named as one of the 100 companies from across Europe as finalists in the 2013/2014 European Business Awards.

An independent awards programme, the competition was designed to recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community. One hundred companies, including four Irish companies, have been selected from 375 National Champions in 31 European countries for the Ruban d'Honneur, which qualifies them for the third and final round of the competition.

Agile Networks, which designs, builds and supports complex IT networks for high profile clients including Three, HSE and Digiweb, was selected as one of ten European finalists in the 'Award for Customer Focus'. The company, which was supported by the Fingal County Enterprise Board, is based in Blanchardstown.

Darragh Richardson, Agile Network's Managing Director, will undertake a face-to-face interview with a panel of judges in London on March 7th, led by European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. The overall category winners will be announced at a Gala Event on May 27th in Athens.

Agile Networks was established in 2011, following a successful management buy-out of Telindus' Irish operations. In the two years since the MBO, the Fingal-based company has grown its revenues by over 500 per cent, increasing staff by 250 per cent. The company currently supports 50 customers across more than 500 sites, with almost 1 million people now using networks supported by Agile.

Richardson said: 'As a medium-sized Irish company, it is a huge achievement to reach the Ruban d'Honneur stage of the European Business Awards, widely recognised as the showcase for Europe's most dynamic companies. We look forward to flying the flag in Europe, representing all Irish businesses in the Customer Focus category in particular.'

The other Irish companies nominated alongside Agile Networks in the European Business Awards are: Airspeed Telecom (RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Category), EPS Group (Millicom Award for Environment & Corporate Sustainability) and the Irish Dairy Board (Import/Export Award).

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: 'These businesses are shining examples of European business success and our judges were extremely impressed by the very high standard this year.'

Fingal Independent

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