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Oriel Sea Salt in frame for award

Oriel Sea Salt has been nominated for the "SFA National Small Business Awards 2016".

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

35 companies have been selected as finalists, from 16 different counties, across seven categories. Oriel Sea Salt and Minerals, involved in extracting and harvesting Sea Water for Sea Salt and Sea Minerals, has been nominated for the Food and Drink Award sponsored by Bord Bia as well as the Sustainability Award sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Another Louth firm, Vennetics, the company specialising in software solutions for telecom service providers, has been shortlisted for the Innovator of the Year award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland.

"The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts" commented AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel.

The Awards prize package for all finalists includes an exhibition stand at the SFA National Small Business Showcase in February 2016, a strategic management masterclass weekend, a voucher for a Skillnets ManagementWorks management team/CEO course, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, valued at €50,000.

The awards take place in March.

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