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20 years of winners to be celebrated at National Enterprise Awards with the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City finalist competing for 2018 title

Figures released this week show that previous winners of Local Enterprise Office-run competition together employ 832 people, generate €131million in turnover annually and export to 52 countries

‘20 Years of Winners’ are being celebrated by the Local Enterprise Offices, including Local Enterprise Office Cork City, at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards, which take place every year to highlight the successes of small businesses around the country.

According to a survey* from the Local Enterprise Offices, released this week, previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards now employ 832 people and generate over €131 million in turnover, €58 million of which is generated from exports to 52 countries.  Since winning, 11 of the companies have scaled-up their businesses to become Enterprise Ireland clients.

Previous national winners, such as Irish Yogurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Digiweb (2004), and Design Pro (2013), will all be recognised at this year’s ceremony in the Mansion House on Thursday, May 24th.  The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., will be presenting the awards on the night and he said:  “It is important to celebrate the wonderful success stories within Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprise sector.  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.  As we celebrate 20 years of winners in 2018, we hope that the achievements of previous winners will serve to inspire and encourage today’s start-ups to follow in their footsteps and to look internationally for growth opportunities.”


Adrienne Rodgers with Local Enterprise Office Cork City said:  “The National Enterprise Awards are our chance to celebrate finalists’ economic impact on their local communities, the jobs they have created, and the overall growth of their businesses. Combined, the previous winners now employ 832 people all over the country, have a turnover of over €131 million per annum and have €58 million in exports to 52 countries. These achievements deserve to be celebrated on a national scale and we know they will inspire other local companies here in Cork City  too.”

The Local Enterprise Office  - Cork City  is being represented at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards by  Mr. Joe Perrott, Tony Garvey & Dan Stapleton from Remote Signals Ltd.  The company, which was set-up in 2016 employs 3 people and their IoT solutions enable businesses to easily obtain operating data from remote assets. In all, 31 finalists, one from every local authority area, will be competing for a share of the €40,000 prize fund on May 24th.

To highlight ‘20 years of winners’, Minister Breen visited Simtech Aviation in Fingal this week, which clinched the national title in 2008. Since then, the company has provided aircraft simulator-based training for more than 3,000 pilots who are now employed by 180 different airlines such as Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air and Royal Air Charter from the Philippines. During the visit to Simtech, Minister Breen also met with representatives from five of the 31 companies that have reached this year’s National Final, including: WeBringg (representing LEO Fingal), Blacks of Kinsale (representing LEO Cork North and West), Get The Shifts Ltd (representing LEO Clare), Joint-IT (representing LEO Galway), and Coatek (representing LEO Wexford). The Minister also met with representatives from the Local Enterprise Offices, local government and Enterprise Ireland.

Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, and further details about the supports on offer to small businesses are available through

Previous National Enterprise Award Winners

Celebrating 20 Years of Winners in 2018

Year     Company                                             Local Enterprise Office

1998    Irish Yogurts Ltd                                  Cork North and West

1999    Glass & Cladding Technology                 Meath

2000    Obelisk Communications                       Cavan

2001    Midland Precision Tool & Die                  Roscommon

2002    The Hot Irishman                                  Carlow

2003    Grouse Lodge Recording Studios Ltd Westmeath

2004    Digiweb                                                Louth

2005    IFS Ltd                                                 Fingal

2006    Modern Timber Homes Ltd                     Donegal

2007    Crannagh & Co                                     Cavan

2008    Simtech Aviation                                   Fingal

2009    Callan Technology Ltd                           Clare

2010    ABC Nutrition Ltd                                  Clare

2011    Running Gear Ltd T/A Agrispread           Mayo

2012    Innovate                                              Wexford

2013    Design Pro                                            Limerick

2015    MyBio Ltd                                             Kilkenny

2016    Applied Concepts Ltd                             Offaly

2017    Acutrace                                              South Dublin

There were no National Enterprise Awards in 2014 due to the setting up of the Local Enterprise Offices and the dissolution of the County and City Enterprise Boards that year.


*Survey: Source Local Enterprise Offices (March/April 2018)


Figures compiled by the Local Enterprise Offices in March-April 2018 show that previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards:

-          Now employ 832 people in total

-          Generate €131,314,281 in annual turnover

-          Export sales are worth €58,353,000 to 52 countries

-          11 former winners have scaled up to become Enterprise Ireland clients


National Enterprise Awards 2018

Award Categories and Prize Fund

The 2018 National Enterprise Awards take place on May 24th in the Mansion House in Dublin and are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices

  • Overall Winner, National      Enterprise Awards 2017 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)
  • Best Export Business      (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Best Start Up Business      (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Innovation Award (Cash      Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Eight Regional Winners      (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)


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