National Enterprise Awards

Ireland’s top local enterprises line up for the National Enterprise Awards Final

Minister Mitchell O’ Connor announces the 32 National Enterprise Award finalists ahead of Awards night on May 25th

Minister with Sheelagh Daly and Brendan Flood

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D., has announced the finalists for this year’s National Enterprise Awards, to be hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) later this month.

The National Enterprise Awards will celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s top small businesses and micro-enterprises from all parts of Ireland in a showcase of enterprise, innovation and ambition at Dublin’s Mansion House on May 25th.

Announcing the finalists, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “Last week, we saw that Ireland’s unemployment rate has dropped to a new low of 6.2%. This is hugely encouraging, and it is due to the hard work and dedication of enterprise heroes such as these local businesses who are quite rightly taking their place in the spotlight at the National Enterprise Awards on May 25th.”

The Minister added: “These innovative businesses are led by people who are serious about their ambition, who are taking real risks and making real sacrifices to achieve success, and they are making a huge contribution to their local communities and to the economy at large. It is very important that we mark their achievements. I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck in the Final on the 25th May.”

The 32 finalists are drawn from diverse business sectors, such as skin-care, ice-cream making, language courses and mobile game development. The announcement of finalists was made at the Mansion House by Minister Mitchell O’ Connor, accompanied by Sheelagh Daly and Oisín Geoghegan representing the Local Enterprise Offices, Brendan Flood of Enterprise Ireland and last year’s Overall Winner, Mark Clendennen of Applied Concepts in Offaly.

Sheelagh Daly, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities said: “Small business and micro-enterprises are making an outstanding contribution to our local and national economy. Last year almost 3,700 new jobs were created by over 6,800 micro-enterprises supported by the LEOs. These entrepreneurs are continuously looking to grow by developing new products and services and investing in export markets. The National Enterprise Awards help to recognize the contribution that small businesses and micro-enterprises make to our communities every day.”NEA 2017 finalists

Last year’s winner, Applied Concepts in Birr, manufacture, and export blast machines used in construction and renovation projects in countries such as Spain, Denmark and Chile. Previous winners have included Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation, MyBio and Design Pro.

The winners of this year’s National Enterprise Awards will be announced at the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, May 25th. Twelve awards will be presented including eight regional awards.  The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.


Competition updates and results will be available through and by following #NEAwards on social media.

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

NATIONAL FINALISTS IN 2017 (supported by their Local Enterprise Office)

LEO Area & Company                                               Website                                           

Carlow                        McNally Denture Clinic                                               

Cavan                         Moran’s Megajam Ltd                                                 

Clare                           Core Optimisation Ltd                                                 

Cork (City)                   Rebel Chilli                                                                

Cork (North & West)    Enibas Jewellery                                                         

Cork (South)               Polar IceTech                                                              

Donegal                      Sharon McDaid – Silver Birch Gallery & Studio              

Dublin (City)                Pink Kong Studios                                                      

Dublin (DLR)                Moontour                                                                   

Dublin (Fingal)            Hope Beer                                                                   

Dublin (South)            Acutrace                                                                     

Galway (City)              9th Impact                                                                   

Galway (County)         IMS Marketing                                                           

Kerry                          Irish Host Family Ltd                                                   

Kildare                        Broghies Ireland                                                        

Kilkenny                     Greensbridge Engineering Ltd                                      

Laois                           Infrastruct AMS Limited                                              

Leitrim                        Jinny’s Bakery                                                            

Limerick                     Student Programmes Ireland Ltd                                   www

Longford                    Purpledecks Ltd.                                                          

Louth                        Aphix Software Ltd                                                     

Mayo                        Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers Ltd          

Meath                       Hexafly                                                                        www

Monaghan               RAMfit Ltd                                                                 

Offaly                      Dezynamite                                                                 

Roscommon           PJ Fallon & Son                                                          

Sligo                      Studyclix                                                                    

Tipperary               MediSkin                                                                    

Waterford               Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food                                     

Westmeath             Lift Hire Ireland                                                          

Wexford                 Scup Gelato