SFA: Tenacity is an award-winning trait
Tenacity remains the key characteristic of entrants to the Small Firms Association's annual business awards, which have just got under way, according to SFA chairman AJ Noonan.
He said that 300 companies have already lined up their entries for the 2014 awards, with the winners due to be announced next March. It's possible that as many as 1,000 entries could be received this year, making it a record for the event, for which the Irish Independent is a media partner.
Mr Noonan said that the companies entering the awards continue to come from a diverse range of sectors, while some are long-established and others have emerged during what has been the worst economic environment in Ireland's history.
Businesses formed in the recent years have had a baptism of fire, the SFA chairman said. Having survived such circumstances, they are probably among the companies most likely to succeed in the future.
"The awards provide an opportunity to take stock of the impressive achievements of small and medium firms across the country and to honour the men and women whose determination and will to succeed is critical to our recovery," said Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently at the awards launch.
Category finalists will be announced in December. Entries can be made via www.sfa.ie