Ballymurn company Hentech Fabrication Ltd flew the flag for local engineering when it won the top prize at the LEO County Enterprise Awards.
At the recent event in Council Chambers, the brains behind the business John and Martina Hennessy accepted their award from Chairman of Wexford County Council Cllr Tony Dempsey, who congratulated the pair on their win. It was a great achievement for the local company, which has gone from strength to strength since it began as Gig Shop Engineering in 1994. They now employ 10 members of staff, who work on a wide range of industrial, office, recreational and residential projects throughout Ireland.
John and Martina now have their sights set on April, when they will hope to win over a judging panel and secure themselves a prize in the National Enterprise Awards ceremony on June 9. Winning a prize will be no mean feat; Hentech Fabrication Ltd will go up against 30 other leading businesses from across Ireland to try to win a share of the €20,000 prize fund.
Wexford Home Preserves also saw success at the county awards as they were announced as runners up. Relax Ireland Ltd, Happy Campers Ltd and Holos Skincare Ltd were the other three finalists selected from 20 applications across the county.
Speaking in light of the ceremony, Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Wexford said that the county has a growing number of small business success stories.
'The National Enterprise Awards are a way of shining the international spotlight on their success stories, giving local businesses the recognition they deserve. The county has a vibrant start-up and small business community and this awards competition is an important way of telling their success stories.'
The Local Enterprise Office also ran a competition for the Best Third Level Business Plan through the Wexford Campus of IT Carlow and received 23 impressive entries. John Carley Director of Services with Wexford County Council made a presentation to overall winner Grace Kelly and runner up Caroline Walsh at last week's ceremony. Mr Banville spoke words of praise about the young entrepreneurs.
'Early stage entrepreneurship is particularly encouraged under the Action Plan for Jobs and this is further developed through "Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition", which will be held later in the year,' he added.
The ceremony drew a close to Enterprise Week for the LEO.