32 small businesses compete for National Enterprise Awards

Technology, manufacturing, food, online and energy firms dominate this year

Dave McGeady of Wyldsson, one of the finalists in this year’s National Enterprise Awards. The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business

Dave McGeady of Wyldsson, one of the finalists in this year’s National Enterprise Awards. The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business

 

Thirty-two small business will battle it out to be crowned overall winner at the National Enterprise Awards this Thursday.

Last year’s national winner was Kilkenny company MyBio, which supplies specialist products and technologies to the life sciences sector.

In previous years, winners have included Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation and Design Pro.

Businesses in technology, manufacturing, food, online and energy dominate this year’s list, with finalists including health food producer Wyldsoon, Nobó dairy free ice-cream, Travel and languages web-platform GoCambio, McNiffes Bakery, online beauty shop Cloud 10 Beauty, Murphy Marine Services and Goatsbridge Fish Processors.

The competition has a prize fund of €10,000 and was set up nearly two decades ago to recognise the success of Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprises. Twelve awards will be presented, including eight new regional trophies. The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the awards showcased the innovation, creativity and the development potential across the micro and small business sector.

She said small businesses “are the backbone of Ireland, and I want to ensure that I can put in place the right conditions for small businesses to thrive”.