Saturday 17 March 2018

'Fearless' new business has the taste of success

Hope beer scoops prestigious Fingal enterprise award

Fergal Maddock

The backers of Fingal's only brewery who fearlessly made the decision to establish the business in 2015 are licking their lips in anticipation of taking their place at a national competition/

Hope Beer, which was created by Wim de Jongh, Jeanne Mahony, Des McSwiggan, claimed the Fingal Enterprise Award last week.

The business fended off stiff competition from seven other companies to win the award, which was presented at the Fearless event at the Riasc Centre in Swords last Thursday evening.

As well as the beautiful trophy, there were also presented with a cash prize of €2,500.

It was organised by the Local Enterprise Office as part of Enterprise Week and the host was Today FM's Conall O'Morain.

Hope Beer will now go on to represent Fingal at the annual National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House in May.

The company will be competing against 30 other companies from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund across thirteen categories.

Established in 2015 at its base at Howth Junction, the company brews and distributes its own range of specialist and limited edition beers, with back stories from Fingal and flavours to interest the growing craft beer market.

Brewed at their fully equipped high spec facility into their own bottles and kegs, the products are available through nationwide distributors and retailers, restaurants and bars.

They plan to employ six people by end 2017, at the only brewery in Fingal.

Another winner at the awards ceremony was 'Everest Granola' which was highly commended.

Headed up by Seamus Tighe, Everest provides a gourmet granola cup which is made from ridiculously tasty natural ingredients.

Established n 2014, the founder successfully completed the Food Academy programme. Already supplying a range of retail & food service clients in Ireland, the business will expand into the UK market & further develop the product range in 2017, & employ a team of 7 people.

Speaking at the ceremony, Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council congratulated the local entrepreneurs, saying: 'Hope Beer is a very worthy winner of this major enterprise award, in recognition of what they have achieved here in Fingal in such a short space of time.

'Because of their drive and determination, the company is increasing its workforce to six full time staff and has major plans to grow their business in the very near future.'

Eight local businesses in total were shortlisted this year, each of whom competed in the competition which was presided over by Michael Dawson, CEO and founder of One4All Gift Vouchers, Neal Morrison partner at McInerney Saunders, and Deirdre O'Neill from Enterprise Ireland.

The remaining six were Azure Communications (Dublin11); Kennedy's Convenient Food (The Ward); Skytango (Lusk); Smart Trace Software (Malahide); WeBringg (Castleknock); (Swords).

The Awards were presented by the Mayor at the end of the 'FEARLESS' event, which was the culmination of a busy Local Enterprise Week in Fingal.

Fingal Independent