Wednesday 17 October 2018

Small business success stories: 20 years of the National Enterprise Awards

Minister Pat Breen and Breda Fox of the Local Enterprise Offices pictured inside an aircraft simulator at Simtech Aviation in Fingal, which won the National Enterprise Awards in 2008 (Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland)
Minister Pat Breen and Breda Fox of the Local Enterprise Offices pictured inside an aircraft simulator at Simtech Aviation in Fingal, which won the National Enterprise Awards in 2008 (Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland)

Whether it’s a local food producer or a start-up software company, everyone loves a small business success story. The Local Enterprise Offices are integral to supporting successful Irish businesses with financial assistance, training and mentoring.

On May 24th, ‘20 years of winners’ are being celebrated by the Local Enterprise Offices at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin.

“The awards are a great opportunity for us to acknowledge the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprises down through the years,” says Breda Fox, Chair of the National Enterprise Awards’ organising committee. “It’s our chance to celebrate their economic impact on their local communities, the jobs they have created, and the overall growth of their businesses over the last two decades.”

She adds: “The Local Enterprise Office is the first-stop-shop for anybody thinking of starting and growing a business in Ireland. We encourage and promote entrepreneurship. We provide them with financial assistance, mentoring and guidance to help them make their businesses successful.”

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Retrospective: 20 Years of Winners

Previous winners have all been invited to this year’s ceremony and their continued growth, contribution to the economy and job creation, will be celebrated.

“The previous winners have had tremendous development over the years. Combined, the previous winners now employ 832 people, have a turnover of over €131 million per annum and have €58 million in exports to 52 countries. These achievements deserve to be celebrated and we know they will inspire other Irish companies too in the future.”

Celebration

31 finalists have reached this year’s National Final, which has a collective prize fund of over €40,000. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson and the The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, T.D will be presenting the awards.

Minister Pat Breen said: “The annual National Enterprise Awards reflect the Government’s support for, and commitment to, all areas of innovation and enterprise development within the Local Enterprise Office network.”

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There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities around the country, where you will find a hub of expert advice, information and practical supports – ready when you are.

From training and mentoring programmes to advice on Brexit preparations, funding options and business planning, dedicated teams are there to help drive and support your business every step of the way. Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland. Find out more at www.localenterprise.ie

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