FINGAL-BASED company Keogh's Crisps Ltd has continued its winning streak after it was named Best Start-Up company at the National Enterprise Awards 2012.
Set up by Tom Keogh on the family farm in Oldtown just 12 months ago, it has had of a phenomenal year. The company already employs nine people and intends to hire another six staff within the next months. It supplies Irish supermarkets including Superquinn, Tesco, Supervalu and Dunnes Stores, in addition to New York based Dean and Deluca, which has stores worldwide from Manhattan to Singapore.
Keoghs Crisps is also in discussion with a view to supplying crisps to Canada, China, Japan, France, Germany and the UK. The National Enterprise Awards are organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards to recognise the achievements of Ireland's micro-enterprises and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., was on hand at the Mansion House to present the awarsd. Keogh's has developed a world's first with its 'Spud Nav'.
The name of the field where the potatoes are grown is printed on the back of each pack. Customers can visit Keoghs website and enter the field name on the ' Spud Nav' link. This will then shows the field location via google earth and information on the growing crop. Fingal companies have an excellent track record at the National Enterprise Awards, having won awards three times previously.
Last year, Fleet Connect (Blanchardstown) was named Best new business, while Simtech (Dublin Airport) secured the overall award in 2008 and Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS) Blanchardstown, won the overall award in 2005. Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board said: 'Keogh's is an innovative company - definitely one to watch in the future, with a simple, but clever concept.
The family, well known potato farmers, has branched out into adding value to their primary produce by manufacturing crisps. Importantly, the company is led by a highly focused and experienced management team with business and sales acumen, which will prove to be a major boost to enable this company to continue to grow, particularly in export markets, in turn fueling much needed employment creation.'