A Drogheda business has been nominated for a top award at the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) North West Enterprise Awards.
Viadotas Maneikis of Pause Time Photography in Drogheda was one of 14 businesses nominated for awards.
The winner's announcement was made to a packed room at an awards ceremony held in the Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort in Cavan.
Dundalk's Laura Crimmins of The Beauty Boutique was also nominated.
Fourteen entrepreneurs from all over the North West counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo, Monaghan and Louth anxiously awaited to hear Mr Terry Hyland, CEO Breffni Integrated, a member of ILDN, announce the winners.
Victorious on the night were Patrick McDermott, Creative Landscaping; and Daniel McGrory, Building Services, both from Inishowen, County Donegal and Rachael McCabe, Sound in Motion School of Music, from County Cavan.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr. Terry Hyland, CEO Breffni Integrated, a member of ILDN, said: 'There are 49 Local Development Companies (LDC's) operating throughout the country and their representative organisation, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), is championing the recognition of enterprise creation in the border region through this business awards initiative.
'In my view every one of the companies represented here tonight are winners. They all have had different business experiences and challenges and we in the LDC's were delighted to be able to support them to set up their own business. I know that they have all worked very hard to get to where they are tonight, nominated for a prestigious award.'
The ILDN is the representative body of Local Development Companies (LDCs) in Ireland. Their stated mission is to promote and support the work of members in the areas of social inclusion and local and rural development.
Local Development Companies deliver a range of programmes on behalf of Government the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme on behalf of the Dept of Rural & Community Development which has funded these Enterprise awards. LDCs also deliver the Leader Programme, The Rural Social Scheme and Tus.
There are seven organisations involved in the project namely: Inishowen Development Partnership (Donegal Peninsula): Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC): Sligo Leader Partnership Company: Leitrim Integrated Development Company: Monaghan Integrated Development Company: Breffni Integrated Development and Louth Leader Partnership.